ByDaniel Pearson, writer at

We sometimes get so lost in movies that we barely see the actors/actresses anymore, just the characters they're playing.

Often this is solely down to the genius and talent of the actor/actress. But, in films that involve quite incredible character transformations with the use of make-up and special effects, the effect is even greater!

Scroll down for 5 of the best movie make-overs.

Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster

Make-up artist Toni G said:

"I had to create the years of abuse to her skin – all the freckles and capillaries and sun damage – either through hand-painting or working with an airbrush."

Helena Bonham Carter as Ari in Planet of the Apes

Helena Bonham Carter has to spend four hours in make-up ever morning while playing the role of Ari in Planet of the Apes!

Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire in Mrs. Doubtfire

Williams pulled a hilarious prank while in costume as Mrs. Doubtfire, he said in an interview:

“I walked into a sex shop in San Francisco and tried to buy a (sex toy). Just because. Why not? And the guy was about to sell it to me until he realized it was me, Robin Williams, not an older Scottish woman coming in to look for a very large (sex toy) and a jar of lube,”

John Hurt as John Merrick in Elephant Man

The Elephant Man makeup took seven to eight hours to apply each day!

Max von Sydow as Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist

Max von Sydow looked so old in The Exorcist. He had to wear more make-up than anybody else on set!


Which was the biggest transformation?


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