You’ll Struggle To Recognize These 12 Actors With Their Make-Up On

The use of CGI in films continues to make the impossible appear routine, the fantastical commonplace and the extraordinary merely ordinary – but there’s still a place for the equally transformative world of make-up and prosthetics.

For all the incredible advances in special effects, mimicking the human face and its myriad of expression still remains an elusive challenge even for the best of animators. Arguably the closest they’ve come is Gollum from the Lord of The Rings Trilogy – a character who’s animated emotions were more convincing than most.

Film studios have phenomenal budgets that range into the hundreds of millions, the vast majority of that goes into production – set design, wardrobe, special FX, cinematography and make-up.

Here’s a look a 12 actors and their successful transformation into the bizarre, strange and surreal. It’s all thanks not to the power of CGI but the imagination and skill of the world’s greatest make-up artists.

1. Tilda Swinton as the rich and eccentric Madame D.


From the movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014

2. Jared Leto as Rayon


From the movie: Dallas Buyers Club, 2013

3. Naomi Grossman as Pepper, suffering from microcephaly


From the TV Show: American Horror Story, 2012

4. Gary Oldman as the vampire count


From the movie: Dracula, 1992

5. Robert Englund as the maniac Freddy Krueger


From the movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984

6. Tom Cruise as Les Grossman, a multimillionaire producer


From the movie: Tropic Thunder, 2008

7. Robert Downey Jr. as actor Kirk Lazarus


From the movie: Tropic Thunder, 2008

8. Ralph Fiennes as the dark lord Voldemort


From the movie: From the movie: Harry Potter, 2005−2011

9. Robert De Niro as Frankenstein’s monster


From the movie: From the movie: Frankenstein, 1994

10. Ksan Angelovich as a zombie


From the movie: From the TV Show : The Walking Dead, 2010

11. Danny DeVito as the Penguin


From the movie: Batman Returns, 1992

12. James McAvoy as the faun Mr. Tumnus


From the movie: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005


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