Table of content    
  1. Dane DeHaan, The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (2014)
  2. Chris Evans, as Captain America
  3. Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV series, 1987-1994)
  4. Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  5. Anthony Daniels, Star Wars (1977)
  6. Jeff Goldblum, The Fly (1986)
  7. John Rhys-Davies, The Lord of the Rings (Film series, 2001-2003)
  8. Dan Stevens, Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  9. Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings (Film series, 2001-2003)
  10. Ron Perlman, Hellboy (2004)

10 Actors Who Are Transformation Warriors, Wearing Uncomfortable Costumes To Nail Their Roles

It’s undeniable that costumes and makeup help an actor transform into a character in the movie. However, there lies a lesser-known tale of sacrifice and endurance. While we’re dazzled by the on-screen magic actors and filmmakers create, it’s easy to overlook the discomfort and challenges they face behind the scenes. These true chameleons had to don elaborate and uncomfortable costumes and endure hours of intricate makeup application to bring their characters to life. 

Some actresses forcibly wear suffocating corsets, some actors suffer from layers of heavy armor. These dedicated performers have the guts to get discomfort to immerse themselves in the realms of their roles. 

Today, we reveal the remarkable stories of actors who went to great lengths to embody their characters. 


#1. Dane DeHaan, The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (2014)

For his role as Green Goblin, the actor endured to wear a 50-pound suit. It seemed that he couldn’t put on it without the help of electrical devices. The whole process of preparing for the film took 3.5 hours. 

It was a huge challenge to shoot the final battle between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man. It was filmed in a real clock tower and the filmmakers and actors had to endure the temperature which reached 46°C. During filming, the crew had to pour ice cubes over the actor’s head and costume. 


#2. Chris Evans, as Captain America

Chris Evans felt ok for wearing the Captain American costume of the first and subsequent Avengers films. But, the tight-fitting helmet caused troubles. Right after wearing it, the actor’s head started hurting. 


#3. Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV series, 1987-1994)

Patrick Stewart portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the movie Star Trek: The Next Generation for 7 years. During filming the movie, he had to wear a Lycra suit which was one size too small to erase wrinkles. However, it caused huge terrible pressure on his shoulders, neck and back. 

In an interview, he shared, “I hated it. In fact, we got rid of it after the second season thanks to my chiropractor, who said if I didn’t get it off, we were going to file a lawsuit against Paramount for the permanent damage done to my spine,”


#4. Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands (1990)

The movie was filmed in California during a hot summer. Johnny Depp had trouble with his outfits which easily made him sweat more. when filming the scene where Edward was running away, Depp was exhausted and finally collapsed after several takes. 


#5. Anthony Daniels, Star Wars (1977)

The costume Daniels donned for the role of the robot C-3PO consisted of pieces of fiberglass, plastic, and aluminum. It was hard to move and breathe comfortably while putting on it. It also took him 2 hours to put it on or take it off. 

Sharp edges of the costume constantly scratched him. And once, because of a faulty battery, he was nearly “baked”. The actor was haunted by its chemical smell for a long time after filming. 


#6. Jeff Goldblum, The Fly (1986)

According to the plot, Jeff Goldblum’s character was transformed into a fly. For his role, he had to sit on the makeup chair for 5 hours. During the movie, he didn’t resemble a human but by the end of the film, it was improved a little. The constant use of a latex suit, the contact lenses that distorted his look, and the long makeup application exhausted the actor.


#7. John Rhys-Davies, The Lord of the Rings (Film series, 2001-2003)

John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli, was seriously allergic to makeup that causes his face to swell up. He suffered constant pain and the filmmakers decided to let him shoot every other day. They thought it was enough to recover his skin. 

The actor expressed his desire not to play the role anymore because he didn’t want his face to be ruined. 


#8. Dan Stevens, Beauty and the Beast (2017)

To reduce the heat Beast costume brings, Dan Stevens had to don a special vest with tubes where cold water ran between shots. Moreover, he ate 4 roast dinners every day to maintain this shape and prevent sweating. The actor spent 12 hours per day walking on stilts. 


#9. Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings (Film series, 2001-2003)

For the role of Samsagaz Gamyi, Sean Astin wore hobbit feet to run and climb the hills. It took him over an hour to “wear” the fake feet. To make sure their ankles wouldn’t bend and be deformed, he and the other hobbit performers had to stand during this process. His foot once was injured by a large piece of glass and they needed a helicopter to take him to a place where the wound could be stitched. 


#10. Ron Perlman, Hellboy (2004)

A suit with a foam prosthetic covering the back and best was the costume Ron Perlman wore in Hellboy. The process of makeup took him 4 hours and he underwent 86 times of makeup for his role. 


Whose transformation was the most impressive to you? Let us know in the comments. 

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