We ran this post a while back where we gave tribute to the actors that played famous roles but due to the masks and makeup we had no idea who the real actors were. Take a look at our list here. It’s time we gave this list a refresh, and we are left mesmerized at the effect of what makeup can do to some of these actors. This is not necessarily actor transformations that gained or lost massive amounts of weight, but rather a tribute to the actors behind these roles whom we hardly recognized.

Did you recognize the actors behind the makeup in these movies? Here’s our top 8 Extraordinary Actor Makeup Transformations:

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1. Nicole Kidman – The hours


A very subtle yet effective transformation for Nicole Kidman in The Hours. The movie centers around the 1941 suicide by drowning of Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman). The action takes place within the span of a single day in three different years, and alternates among them throughout the film.


2. Jared Leto – Dallas Buyer’s Club

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Jared Leto went through many ups and downs with his body weight to personify extreme roles, and this time the metamorphosis takes the form of a feisty, no-nonsense transgender woman. He’s got the Oscar to show for his effort.


3. Charlize Theron – Monster

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Not only was this a massive body transformation for Charlize in terms of gaining weight, but the makeup was done brilliantly. Putting the two pictures next to one another is enough proof that this was an extraordinary makeup transformation.


4. Emma Thompson – Nanny McPhee

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The film stars Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. Thompson also scripted the film, which is adapted from Christianna Brand’s Nurse Matilda books.


5. Hugh Grant – Cloud Atlas


This is quite a transformation for Hugh Grant, not only in makeup but also on movie genre. One wonder why he decided to play tis role? Nevertheless it is a great transformation in makeup and had you not pay close attention you would hardly have noticed that it is in fact, Hugh  Grant.


6. Doug Jones – Pan’s labyrinth

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Doug jones is famous for being the one actor you never know played in all the movies that he did. That’s because of his makeup and costume transformations. Also known as the Fawn in Pans Labyrinth as well as Abe Sapien in Hellboy.


7. Linda Blair – The Exorcist


Also named as one of our horror kids from hell, the transformation of Linda in The Exorcist is one few will ever forget.


8. Jeff Goldblum – The Fly


The transformation Jeff Goldblum went through in The Fly was simply spectacular. Where in most of the movies mentioned above the actor was shown immediately as the transformed character, in The fly we saw the gradual transformation of a human into a fly or Jeff Goldblum into a Fly.


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