From Lily James to Eddie Murphy: 10 truly ‘unrecognizable’ actors onscreen
In a world where “commitment” is king, the New York PostLeonardo DiCaprio’s claim in a headline earlier this week that Leonardo DiCaprio was “unrecognizable” in a new photo from Martin Scorsese’s upcoming album. The Flower Moon Killers was a stroke of genius.
the To post may have been taunted for it, but why would the internet have been set on fire because of a photo of actress Lily Gladstone sitting at a table next to a man quite clearly recognizable as Leonardo DiCaprio? Still, since they brought up the subject, we thought we’d go back to 10 times when actors really disappeared in their roles:
Tilda swinton in Suspiria (2018)
Tilda Swinton was so hard to spot under layers of aging makeup she wore to play 82-year-old Dr. Josef Klemperer in Luca Guadagnino’s. Suspiria remake, which the film’s casting director first tried to pass off as someone else.
The claim that the role was played by the alleged actor for the first time, “Professor Lutz Ebersdorf”, later turned out to be a ruse. Impressively, this wasn’t even Swinton’s most unrecognizable role in the film – she also appears later, as the chieftain of the terrifying and grotesque Helena Markos.
Eddie murphy in Coming to America (1988) and Coming 2 America (2021)
Murphy plays multiple characters in both comedy classics Coming to America and his recent sequel, but by far the most difficult role to spot in him is that of Saul, an old Jewish patron of a barbershop. The idea for Murphy to play a white man came from original film director John Landis, who had been offended by an article he had read about Jewish artists like Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson playing blackface.
To reverse the idea, he said Collider in 2005, he suggested that Murphy play an “old Jew”. The transformation was completed by legendary makeup artist Rick Baker, who also worked with Landis on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.
Billy Crystal in The princess to marry (1987)
Billy Crystal is onscreen for less than five minutes in Rob Reiner’s swashbuckling adventure The princess to marry, and given how different he looks, you might be forgiven for missing that he’s really the one playing the shriveled old healer Miracle Max.
Crystal collaborated with makeup artist Peter Montagna, with whom he previously worked on Saturday Night Live, to create the character and provided him with two visual references: a photo of New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel and a photograph of Crystal’s own grandmother.
Glenn Close in To hook (1991)
Definition even in the blink of an eye – and you’ll miss it, Glenn Close only has seconds onscreen To hook, Steven Spielberg’s magical look at Peter Pan. Close plays Gutless, a very bearded member of Captain Hook’s crew (Dustin Hoffman) who is sent to the “boo box” as punishment for lacking confidence in his captain.
Gary Oldman in Hannibal (2001)
Gary Oldman has built a deserved reputation over the years for his chameleon-like ability to transform for his roles, but he’s never been harder to recognize than he was as a child rapist. quadriplegic and disfigured with the face Mason Verger in the psychological horror of Ridley Scott- Thriller in french Hannibal. The role required hours of makeup and prosthetics, including a translucent silicone that was first invented by makeup artist Greg Cannom and his partner Wesley Wofford for the 1999 sci-fi drama. Bicentennial man.
Nicole kidman in Hours (2002)
Turning Nicole Kidman into Virginia Woolf for Stephen Daldry’s psychological drama Hours took, well, hours. She reportedly spent three hours a day in the makeup artist’s chair while filming, with much of that time spent applying a large nasal prosthesis that made Kidman virtually unrecognizable. “I liked being anonymous,” she said said to Chronicle of San Francisco in 2002. “It was fun to be able to get out of my trailer without anyone knowing me.” Fun and rewarding too: Kidman won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance.
Charlize theron in Monster (2003)
Charlize Theron underwent a total makeover to play the real prostitute turned serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Patty Jenkins’ Monster. Theron gained 30 pounds for the role, shaved his eyebrows, and wore dentures designed to mimic rotten teeth. Makeup artist Toni G also covered her skin with layers of translucent washes of tattoo ink and green marble sealer to give her complexion a stained, weather-beaten look. In the end, just like Nicole Kidman a year earlier, Theron won the Oscar for Best Actress for pulling off the makeover.
Margot Robbie in Mary queen of scots (2018)
Just a year before she played blonde bombshell Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once upon a time in Hollywood, Margot Robbie Was Very Different From Elizabeth I In Josie Rourke’s Historical Drama Mary Queen of Scots. The film’s hair and makeup designer Jenny Shircore pulled off the transformation using fake boils and scars, a kinky red wig, and lots of chalk-white makeup.
Martin sheen in Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
Martin Sheen played everyone from an army captain in Apocalypse now to the warm and wise President Bartlet West wing, but even devoted fans might not realize that he’s the one who plays FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover in the stunning Shaka King biop drama. Judas and the Black Messiah. Long makeup sessions and prosthetics were needed to make Sheen look more like Hoover, but Sheen wasn’t complaining as he wanted as much distance between himself and the character as possible. “He destroyed a lot of lives, including a lot of black lives,” Sheen told ABC News. “I was not very happy to play it.”
Lily james in Pam and Tommy (2021)
Granted, the movie hasn’t even been released yet, but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who had to do a double take when seeing the first pics of Lily James as Pamela Anderson in the upcoming comedy. biographical drama. Pam and Tommy. The makeup artists in the film nailed Anderson’s Nineties look with such precision that trying to verify that it is indeed James in the photos feels like looking at a misprinted magical eye image.