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Actors always have to have their makeup done for any role in a movie, but sometimes they have to play a character in a different race, different gender, different age, even different species. To achieve this, actors have to sit for many hours with the talented makeup department to have incredible special effects prosthetics applied to them. It is an extremely time consuming process but by the end the actors look incredible and sometimes unrecognizable. Check out these 12 awesome makeup jobs for films.
John Travolta took on the role of Edna for the movie Hairspray. It took 5 hours to complete his feminine and overweight transformation with makeup. Travolta also wore high heels for many scenes!
Ron Pearlman took on the role of Hellboy which included a red latex suit, prosthetic pieces, and 4 hours in the makeup chair.
One of Robin Williams iconic roles is when he played Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993. The makeup application for this role was absolutely brilliant! After eight separate stages of makeup and a ton of blush, his role as an older woman was very believable.
For the movie Norbit, Eddie Murphy, with the help of Rick Baker, created multiple characters. One of the most incredible of them all was the sex-crazed and obese female character Rasputia Latimore.
For the movie Shalow Hal, Gwenyth Paltrow played the love interest of Jack Black’s charter, Hal. For this role she had to sit for her makeup application for 4 hours to look like a much heavier woman.
This makeup job was a very lengthy process for actress Rebeca Romijn. Playing the role of Mystique in X-Men, she had 4 makeup artist, hundreds of silicon prosthetics, a ton of blue body paint, and 9 hours to apply. For X-Men 2, the application process was apparently shortened to 6 hours.
For the movie, Nanny McPhee, Emma Thomson underwent makeup applications to appear as a haggard, wart-covered, nanny.
It’s hard to believe that someone as beautiful as Charlize Theron could even look this hideous. For her lead role in the movie Monster, she completely transformed into this rough and dangerous monster of a woman.
When Heath Ledger played the Joker for Batman: The Dark Knight, he had more intense makeup than when Jack Nicholson played the role. The added disheveled and disturbed appearance made this one of Ledger’s career defining performances.
Brad Pitt had to go through several different transformations for his role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It is the story about a man who ages backwards, so Pitt had to play all sorts of different ages throughout. It wasn’t until closer to the end that we actually see him just as himself.
This is one of the more surprising roles for Tom Cruise, he even surprised himself. For this part in Tropic Thunder, Cruise wore a fat suit, bald cap/wig, chest hair, and prosthetic hands.
After his role in The Mask, Jim Carrey swore he would never sit through the hours of makeup application again. However, when he was offered the part as The Grinch, he couldn’t refuse. The application process took 3-8 hours to complete.