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Metamorphosis

Best actor transformations

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Prosthetic makeup, dodgy dentures, bald caps and wig work, not to mention insane workout regimes and inadvisable diets: who really has been ‘unrecognizable’ on screen? The lengths that performers—and makeup and hair artists—go to in order to bring monsters, middleweight fighters, and movie-studio execs to the screen are the stuff of legend. Whether it’s a shredded Commissioner Gordon or Gutless the pirate, what are your ten favorite examples of pre-production prep and in-production craft? While we admire the work of digital artists, no CGI or post-production rotoscoping of abs and chins, please. (Also, no blackface, yellowface or white-washing. “Vait a minute, vat about Rocky Marciano?” Oh yeah, Eddie’s allowed.)

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  • Vice
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  • Darkest Hour
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