15+ Actors Who Became Unrecognizable For A Movie Role, Proving The Power of Makeup

For a particular role, plenty of actors have undergone dramatic transformations. In the past, heavy prosthetics and makeup in a performance have often correlated with a higher chance for awards attention come Oscar season. Sometimes, a thorough transformation is a quick way to understand the depth of an actor’s commitment to a role. In many cases, the audience can’t recognize their favorite actors and are shocked when the secret is revealed.
So, it’s true to say that the success of a movie relies on not only the ability of the mannerisms and persona to completely become someone else but also the believability of the makeup effects.
Colin Farrell is a case in point. In the movie “The Batman”, the actor took his turn wearing pounds of prosthetics for his portrayal of Oswald Copplepot or The Penguin. Even when the trailer was released, many wondered if it was actually Farrell on screen. He is certainly not the only actor who did terrific acting work to match the great efforts of the make-up team.
Below are 16 famous actors who had so much makeup it’s hard to recognize them. Click here, here, and here to see more.

#1 Cate Blanchett in Manifesto

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#2 Daniel Radcliffe in Horns

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#3 Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas

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#4 Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad

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#5 Bill Skarsgård in It

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#6 Sam Worthington in The Titan

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#7 Dan Stevens in Beauty and the Beast

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#8 Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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#9 Doug Jones in The Shape of Water

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#10 Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour

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#11 Nicholas Hoult in Mad Max: Fury Road

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#12 Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy

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#13 Richard Brake in Game of Thrones

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#14 Joel Edgerton in Bright

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#15 Charlize Theron in Monster

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#16 Jacob Tremblay in Wonder

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