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18 Actors Who Underwent Dramatic Transformations For A Role

Nowadays, people pay more attention to celebrities’ looks and wealth than to their professional achievements. However, they have to go a long, hard way to achieve the success they have nowadays. They have to go through intense, long filming days. And there is a lot of small work that can occasionally make these periods longer. Aside from acting ability, they frequently need to learn new skills, such as learning a new language or playing an instrument, to make their characters realistic.

However, in some cases, it isn’t only about body language and language. To play a role convincingly, they may go through extraordinary physical and makeup changes. Some actors use makeup to help them fully inhabit their characters and provide their greatest performances. And in some cases, you may not recognize your favorite stars after their makeup transformations!

Do you want to see some of the best transformations? Let’s scroll down and discover more!

#1 Yondu Udonta — Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy”, 2014)

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Yondu Udonta was the Centaurian leader of an exiled faction of the Ravagers and the adoptive father of Peter Quill. Yondu Udonta is a dishonest robber and the leader of his own Ravagers faction. When his safety is in jeopardy or he wants something valuable, he is willing to kill, intimidate, and betray.

#2 Queen Narissa — Susan Sarandon (“Enchanted”, 2007)

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Queen Narissa is the main antagonist in Disney’s 2007 hybrid film “Enchanted”. She is the queen of Andalasia and Prince Edward’s stepmother. She is beautiful, selfish, cruel, spiteful, powerful, ruthless, and full of black magic.

#3 Madame Blanc — Tilda Swinton (“Suspiria”, 2017)

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Madame Veva Blanc (Madame Blanc for short) is the secondary antagonist in the 2018 supernatural psychological horror remake film, “Suspiria”. She is a dancing teacher in the Tanz Dance Academy in Berlin and one of the two main matriarchs of the Academy, along with Helena Markos.

Tilda Swinton, who also played Helena Markos in the movie, played her.

#4 Les Grossman — Tom Cruise (“Tropic Thunder”, 2008)

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Les Grossman is the overarching antagonist of the 2008 dark comedy film, “Tropic Thunder”. He is the vituperative and foul-mouthed executive of the studio that is producing the titular film. He was portrayed by Tom Cruise

#5 Darth Maul — Ray Park (“Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace”, 1999)

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In the “Star Wars” universe, Darth Maul—later known simply as Maul—plays a pivotal antagonistic role.

Maul was a male Dathomirian Zabrak who was Force-sensitive and became a crime lord under the Galactic Empire. He was a Dark Lord of the Sith and was formerly known as Darth Maul when he was Darth Sidious’ student.

#6 Mystique — Rebecca Romijn (“X-Men”, 2000)

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One of the main characters in the “X-Men” movie series is Mystique. She is a mutant with the ability to change her shape, and Charles Xavier raised her. She can change into any person’s shape and imitate their voice and appearance with incredible accuracy. Her blue skin, red hair, and yellow eyes are her real features.

#7 Captain Teague — Keith Richards (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, 2011)

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Captain Edward Teague is a character from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series. He is Jack Sparrow’s father and a former Pirate Lord of Madagascar, retiring from the position and becoming the Keeper of the Pirate’s Code.

#8 Saul — Eddie Murphy (“Coming to America”, 1988)

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John Landis’ 1988 romantic comedy “Coming to America” is an American production. It was based on a tale that Eddie Murphy originally wrote (who also starred in the lead role). The American release date was June 29, 1988.

Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos also appear in the movie.

#9 The Witch — Helena Bonham Carter (“Big Fish”, 2003)

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Tim Burton’s 2003 American fantasy comedy-drama film “Big Fish” is based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 book of the same name. The Witch is both a literal character and a representation of how society casts aside transgressive femininity. She represents the powers of prophecy and feminine dark magic, and a kind of primordial and fearsome wisdom.

The Witch is played by Helena Bonham Carter.

#10 Alicia — Milla Jovovich (“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”, 2016)

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Alicia Marcus was the daughter of Doctor James Marcus and the co-owner of the Umbrella Corporation following his murder. Alicia is a very wise and caring girl. Alicia seemed to have a loyalty to Doctor Alexander Isaacs because he raised her after her father was murdered, and she at first supported his idea of “an organized catastrophe.”

#11 Ayesha — Elizabeth Debicki (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″, 2017)

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The Golden High Priestess of the Sovereign is Ayesha. Ayesha is a xenophobe, just like the rest of the Sovereign people. Despite showing attraction to Peter Quill, she believed that the Guardians of the Galaxy were being impolite and disrespectful to her and her fellow Sovereign. Ayesha may also be incredibly arrogant, believing that she and the Sovereign people are far superior to every other race in the galaxy.

#12 The Rabbi — Meryl Streep (“Angels in America”, 2003)

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“Angels in America” is a 2003 American HBO miniseries directed by Mike Nichols and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1991 play of the same name by Tony Kushner. The main plot is around Prior Walter, a gay man suffering from AIDS who is visited by an angel. The movie examines a wide range of topics, such as politics under the Reagan administration, the AIDS pandemic, and the fast-shifting social and political landscape. A rabbi is a spiritual leader and religious teacher of a Jewish community or congregation.

#13 Apocalypse — Oscar Isaac (“X-Men: Apocalypse”, 2016)

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Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur) is a supervillain that appears in Marvel Comics comic books. He is one of the first mutants in history and served as the main antagonist for the original X-Factor team as well as the X-Men and related spin-off teams in the past.

#14 The Faun — Doug Jones (“Pan’s Labyrinth”, 2006)

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One of the characters from the movie “Pan’s Labyrinth” is The Faun, also known as Pan. The Faun looks more like a goat than a ram, with milky eyes and ram-like horns.

#15 Jaylah — Sofia Boutella (“Star Trek Beyond”, 2016)

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Jaylah was a survivor of an attack by Krall. For years, she lived in the crashed hulk of the starship USS Franklin on the planet Altamid. Sofia Boutella played the role of Jaylah.

#16 The Thing — Michael Chiklis (“Fantastic Four”, 2005)

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Former USAF test pilot Ben Grimm, also known as The Thing, was an astronaut. Grimm and his companions were launched into space aboard the thieved rocket Marvel-1 and were affected by radiation. They became superhuman with amazing strength and a “Heart of Gold.” Together, they became the Fantastic Four, a group of heroes.

#17 Kona Chief — Hugh Grant (“Cloud Atlas”, 2012)

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In “Cloud Atlas”, Cannibal (aka Kona Chief) is portrayed by actor Hugh Grant. He leads the cannibals in their fight with Zachry’s tribe. After attacking the village, he sleeps in Zachry’s house but gets killed after Zachry slits his throat with a dagger.

#18 Betelgeuse — Michael Keaton (“Beetlejuice”, 1988)

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Beetlejuice, commonly known as Betelgeuse, is a cunning and mischievous ghost. In his live-action film, he plays the lead antagonist. Betelgeuse is a rude, nasty, and extremely disrespectful ghost. He occasionally exhibits some wild behavior.

Bonus: Owen Chase — Chris Hemsworth (“In the Heart of the Sea”, 2015)

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Owen Chase is one of the trickiest guys to understand in the whole of “In the Heart of the Sea”. Chase is a complicated, often contradictory man. On the one hand, he’s a strict and overbearing leader who can take care of his teammates.

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