ByRicky Derisz, writer at
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Ricky Derisz

Although you should never judge a book by its cover, when it comes to cinema, the cover is often a reliable visual representation of the character that lies beneath. Many actors undergo physical transformations for this exact reason. Or, perhaps, just to throw viewers off of the scent of their celebrity persona.

Many A-listers have undergone an aesthetic overhaul, and more often than not, such transitions have resulted in an immersive performance and award winning glory.

So, let's delve into the world of makeovers and look at some celeb's who changed faces for screen:

1. Charlize Theron - Monster (2003)

Probably the most iconic transformation in recent times, the Hollywood beauty became unrecognisable as Aileen Wuornos, the real life serial killer she portrayed.

2. Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine (2010)

While playing an older version of his character Dean Pereira in the rom-com, the physical imprints of time were imprinted with wrinkles, a receding hairline and some dodgy shades.

3. Rooney Mara - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

In the American interpretation of Stieg Larsson's novel, Mara gained piercings and lost a fringe as computer hacker Lisbeth Salander.

4. Johnny Depp - Black Mass (2015)

Although Depp has undergone more transformations than most people have had hot dinners, his portrayal of crime lord Whitey Bulger was outside of the realm of fantasy.

5. Nicole Kidman - The Hours (2002)

Kidman donned the prosthetic and won an Oscar for her role as real life author, Virginia Woolf.

Also, these stars played characters who had their own personal transformation within film:

6. Olivia Newton-John - Grease (1978)

Her character, Sandy, transformed from good girl to leather wearing badass in the musical classic.

7. Bradley Cooper - Limitless (2011)

Cooper when from scraggy, unwashed failed writer to well groomed Übermensch all thanks to one tiny, little pill.

8. Anne Hathaway - The Princess Diaries (2001)

The actress transformed from frizzy haired, geeky teenager Mia into a beautiful princess, all thanks to some decent conditioner.

What are your favorite movie makeovers?


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