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16 Times Movie Makeup Artists Knock It Out Of The Park

It is often believed that the star of the show is always the actor. With great acting, the audience is pulled into the story and is able to connect with the characters on an emotional level. Anything else can be done via CGIs.

Even with CGIs doing most of the movie magic nowadays, there’s one thing they cannot do: the realness of a character.

There is no doubt that actors with great, convincing props and costumes can make a scene come alive. If the actors have great, convincing props and costume choices, they will be able to bring their characters to life in a much more believable way.

That’s why the prop and costume departments are so important in any movie. Imagine slasher horror movies without the gore, or fantasy and sci-fi without the different races. The realism of a costume cannot be replicated with CGI.

And in movies, there are some awesome costumes and props that are so good and realistic, they make the actors unrecognizable.

#1 Colin Farrell, The Batman

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Farrell appeared in DC’s The Batman for “five or six sequences,” but his look was drastically altered to play Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin.

#2 Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love

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In Shakespeare in Love, William Shakespeare is on the lookout for a muse to assist him with his work. When he meets Viola, who loves the theater, she wonderfully performs the part. But, terrified of her virtue, she disguises herself as a boy and approaches him. Paltrow was only 26 when she played Viola.

#3 Jared Leto, The House of Gucci

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Gucci’s main designer in the 1960s, Paolo, is credited with designing the company’s emblem. His father, Aldo, appointed him as Gucci’s vice-president in the late 1970s, but their relationship quickly soured. Thanks to makeup, Jared Leto looks absolutely like Pablo.

#4 Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Lisbeth Salander is played by Rooney Mara. She went through several transformations to become Lisbeth Salander. Her hair was dyed black and trimmed into jagged points to give the impression that she cut it herself.

#5 Tilda Swinton, Suspiria

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Madame Blanc, the troupe’s creative director, is played by an unadorned Swinton, but Swinton also plays the film’s third protagonist, Dr. Josef Klemperer, behind piles of makeup.

#6 Bradley Cooper, Maestro

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Thanks to tons of makeup, Bradley Cooper looks convincingly like the aged maestro, Leonard Bernstein, from youth to old age. He also writes the screenplay and directs the movie as well.

#7 Cate Blanchett, Manifesto

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The old man with a beard is the last thing we would ever the beautiful Cate Blanchett would ever look like. But she did, thanks to makeup… She looks like that weird old homeless old man, doesn’t she?

#8 Jacob Tremblay, Wonder

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In his latest film, “Wonder,” actor Jacob Tremblay had to wear prosthetics to depict a youngster born with a facial defect. To portray the disease, known as cranial facial dysfunction, the actor must use a great deal of makeup and prosthetics.

#9 Mariah Carey, Precious

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It’s hard to imagine Mariah Carey as anything less than a glamorous diva with luscious blond hair, but she sheds all of that, going back to being brunette in order to play a realistic social worker. Can you recognize her after watching the movie?

#10 Naomi Grossman, American Horror Story

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In the second and fourth seasons of American Horror Story, Naomi Grossman played Pepper, a lady with microcephaly. The condition is a neurodevelopmental abnormality that results in an abnormally tiny brain and skull, necessitating extensive makeup.

#11 Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

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As you may have guessed, Albert Nobbs is not a man. He was actually played by Glenn Close in an Oscar-nominated performance. The makeup was so convincing that it was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

#12 Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

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Eddie Redmayne was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Lili Elbe in 2015’s The Danish Girl. Eddie Redmayne needed a lot of costume work and makeup to seem credible as a trans woman.

#13 Christian Bale, Vice

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Christian Bale collaborated with a team of sculptors, makeup artists, hair and wig stylists, and hair and wig stylists to morph Christian Bale and then age him from his 20s to his 70s for Vice.

#14 Eddie Murphy, Coming to America

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Thanks to a lot of makeup, Eddie Murphy transformed into an older white Jewish man for the movie Coming to America. The work was so flawless you can’t tell it was him. Eddie Murphy also wrote the screenplay for the film.

#15 Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder

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Tropic Thunder, on the other hand, is most known for Cruise’s portrayal of a vulgar studio executive, Les Grossman. It’s not a major role, but he completely steals the show anytime he appears. Under the makeup and prosthetics, he’s almost unrecognizable.

#16 Emma Thompson, Harry Potter

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The ever-classy Emma Thompson looks nothing like herself when portraying Professor Trelawney in Harry Potter. The wide eyes, wild fortune-teller look work wonder on her.

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