18 Famous Actors Who Had To Drastically Alter Their Appearance For Film Roles (Video)

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Elaborate movie roles and bizarre characters require a lot of preparation from the actors who are playing them. Even with modern movie making technology like CGI and advanced special effects, most actors are required to change their physical appearance.
Below are 18 different actors who had to dramatically change the way they looked in order to play a certain character.

1. Heath Ledger As The Joker

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In order to play this psychotic villain Heath Ledger was forced to dye his hair, wear makeup, and behave as erratically as possible. Everything that the actor did had to seem abnormal or strange for the role.

2. Brad Pitt As Benjamin Button

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For this film about a man who ages backwards, Brad Pitt spent much of the film playing an old man. Doing so required plenty of CGI and makeup as well as prosthetics to really make him look older.

3. Maïwenn Le Besco As Diva Plavalaguna

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Playing this blue alien required a lot of effort. Maïwenn spent a lot of time in the makeup chair and was forced to wear all kinds of prosthetic pieces so that she could look like a creature from another world.

4. Ralph Fiennes As Lord Voldemort

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Taking on the role of a noseless evil sorcerer required Ralph Finnes to use a combination of CGI and practical effects.

5. Gary Oldman As Dracula

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Being cast as the infamous vampire Dracula was a huge deal for Gary Oldman. In order to play the part, he had to wear excessive amounts of makeup, as well as a wig.

6. Robin Williams As Mrs. Doubtfire

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For this movie, Robbin Williams looked virtually unrecognizable. He wore makeup, women’s clothing, and a wig to make him look like an older woman.

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