Everyone loves good character development in every movie and TV show that we watch, it makes the character feels relevant and alive. But do you know that costume and makeup are just as important as acting? A great combination can take the heart of even the most difficult audiences. And in almost every movie production, the alteration of character appearance will happen at least a few times (dozens in some cases).
Sometimes these changes come from the actors directly for various reasons. Could be because it’s too exposed, the makeup doesn’t fit the novel description, or they are not scientifically accurate. Regards of their reasons, these changes somehow work their wonders and contribute to the success of the movies.
1 Elizabeth Olsen – MCU
Elizabeth Olsen manifested a new Scarlet Witch outfit design. Olsen told Elle in 2018 that she wishes she could change her Scarlet Witch suit. Olsen stated, “It would just not be a cleavage corset. I like corsets, but I’d like it to be higher. Everyone has these things that cover them — Tessa Thompson does, Scarlett [Johansson] does. I would like to cover up a bit.”
She went on, “It’s funny because sometimes I look around and I’m just like — wow, I’m the only one who has cleavage, and that’s a constant joke because they haven’t really evolved my superhero costume that much.” But when WandaVision came along, Olsen got the opportunity to help turn her vision (get it? sorry) into reality. Series director Matt Shakman told Entertainment Tonight that Olsen would test her costumes and say, “OK, I can do this move and I can’t do this move. And I need to be able to do this move.”
Shakman went on to say that, in addition to verifying the operation of the outfit, Olsen was “consulted” on its redesign. He stated, “And she knows what she has to do better than anybody, having done this for years now.”
2 Jason Isaacs – Harry Potter
When Jason Isaacs was hired as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, he was “slightly horrified” by his character’s original look, which included a “pinstripe suit” and “short black-and-white hair.”
Isaacs said, “He was a racist, a eugenicist. There’s no way he would cut his hair like a Muggle, or dress like a Muggle.” Lucius’ long white hair and the walking staff he uses to conceal his wand were specially mentioned by the actor.
When Isaacs proposed the cane concept to Chris Columbus, the director of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Columbus remarked, “You know what, I think the toy guys are going to love you.”
3 Michelle Yeoh – Crazy Rich Asians
Michelle Yeoh, who played Eleanor in Crazy Rich Asians, wore an amazing emerald ring throughout the film; it is with this ring that her son Nick proposes to Rachel, an implied indication that Eleanor approves of their relationship. This emerald ring is from Yeoh’s own jewelry collection, and she insisted on wearing it instead of the false ring prepared for her by the production.
According to director Jon M. Chu, “We had a ring designed already, and our mock-up looked so shitty that Michelle was like, ‘That cannot be the ring I wear.’ I’m like, ‘I know, I know. I’m so embarrassed by it, but we don’t have the money.’ She’s like, ‘I have a better ring than that.'”
Yeoh told the Knot, “It was very important for it to be real. And Eleanor was a character who knew what she wore had to be flawless.” Yeoh reportedly created the emerald ring herself, however, that was before she realized it would be featured in a major film.
Yeoh donned the ring once more at the 2019 Golden Globes.
4 Pedro Pascal – Narcos
Pedro Pascal asked that his Narcos character Javier Pea dress in slightly out-of-date gear for one simple reason: he didn’t believe the era-appropriate outfits looked good on him.
Pascal stated in an interview, “‘Cause it takes place in the eighties, and all that eighties clothes just looks like, I look like I was playing dress-up, I look like a kid, I look like a child, like I just got lost in it, and, um, I looked like a dork.”
He went on, “And so I came up with this idea. I was like, ‘You know, let’s just say Javier Peña is like Don Draper in that, like, the seventies is his like that was where he really found himself and he can’t really, and so he’s stuck there. He’s not throwing those pants out, he’s not changing his hair, he’s not changing his shoes. It’s his time and he’s gonna look like that until the day he dies. That was my justification.”
5 David Tennant – Doctor Who
In an interview at PaleyFest in 2018, David Tennant stated that he insisted on dressing “really old, battered, cream-colored Converse shoes” as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who, even though it was a “really unpopular choice” with the series’s powers-that-be.
The Tenth Doctor was supposed to wear boots at first. Tennant stated: “They’re beautiful. They’re beautiful boots. But I want to wear these crappy old trainers. … That was the only thing I absolutely insisted on, battered old shoes, because that always just felt like that was the right thing to do. I’m glad I did.”
Tennant drew inspiration for the Tenth Doctor’s style from an attire he saw celebrity chef Jamie Oliver wear during a television host engagement. Tennant reminisced, “He wore a suit with his trainers, and I thought, there’s something about that kind of says the right thing. It’s kind of like, ‘I’m sort of an official, but I’m really not.'”
6 Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast
Jacqueline Durran, the costume designer for Beauty and the Beast, told the Hollywood Reporter that Emma Watson, who played Belle, requested that the traditional princess’s clothing be updated to allow her to be an “active heroine.”
Said Durran, “Belle would not be wearing a corset, and she had to be comfortable as she needed to be able to move and ride a horse. It was a conundrum incorporating these elements.” Durran created Belle’s clothing by substituting boots for heels and adding bloomers rather than sticking to skirts or dresses.
7 Timothée Chalamet – Don’t Look Up
Susan Matheson, the costume designer for Don’t Look Up, told GQ that Timothée Chalamet, who portrays Yule, was “obsessed” with his character having “some kind of mullet.”
According to Matheson, the reason behind this was that Chalamet “never, ever wants to look the same twice in a movie.” She asks that performers spend their outfit fittings in character, and Chalamet more than fulfilled by praying, listening to death metal music, and carrying a Bible with him. Matheson stated, “I had the greatest fittings of my life with Timothée Chalamet.”
8 Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
Claire, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, flees danger in a pair of nude stiletto heels in 2015’s Jurassic World. This proved to be a contentious decision, but Howard told USA Today that she was the one who elected to maintain the heels. Howard stated, “I remember that day when I said, ‘I’m going to keep these shoes on, please.’ I always saw it as a really fun thing that she runs through the jungle in heels and the outfit gets totally demolished.”
When the heels were removed from the film’s sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Howard insisted on their inclusion. She stated, “It was originally written for me to wear sneakers. And I was like, ‘No, no, no, no. I am going to wear heels. That’s what I am going to do.’ It felt like it completed the journey.”
9 Samuel L. Jackson – Star Wars
During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Samuel L. Jackson said that he requested that his Star Wars character, Mace Windu, carry a distinctive purple lightsaber so that he could appear in combat sequences with a huge number of people.
Director George Lucas initially objected since lightsabers were only meant to be green or red, but Jackson persuaded him that he was the “second baddest Jedi in the universe next to Yoda,” winning him his purple lightsaber. Lucas said it was “already causing a shitstorm online” when he showed it to the actor.