19 Actors Who Looked Unrecognizable In Their Movies

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There is a reason the Motion Picture Academy gives out the awards for makeup artists.

It is through their efforts we see breathtaking transformations of our favorite actors on screen. With the help of makeup beautiful women turn into ugly ones, young actors turn into old, black into white, women into men. It is with the help of makeup that various unbelievable monsters are created.

Let us remember the most notable examples of such transformations that were achieved with the hard work of makeup artists.

The most famous example is Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in the series of films about Harry Potter.

Makeup artists managed to turn the lovely Naomi Grossman into an ugly dwarf for the TV series American Horror Story.

Meryl Streep played a double role in the mini-series Angels in America – not only a woman, but also a man.

Eddie Redmayne received an Oscar nomination for his transformation from man to woman in The Danish Girl.

Another textbook example is Robin Williams turning into Mrs. Doubtfire thanks to the efforts of makeup artists in the movie of the same name.

And, of course, we can not forget the makeup artists who worked on Heath Ledger, turning the Australian playboy into a mad maniac in The Dark Knight.

Thanks to the efforts of makeup artists Jacob Tremblay was almost unrecognizable in the drama Wonder. This transformation was also rewarded with a well-deserved Oscar nomination in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category.

Few people know that an actor Richard Brake hides behind the intimidating persona of the Night King from Game of Thrones.

In the movie Coming to America makeup artists not only skillfully aged Eddie Murphy, but also turned him from a black person into a white man.

Makeup artists made Tilda Swinton, a known master of transformation, look completely unrecognizable in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

In Black Mass makeup artists turned a handsome Johnny Depp into a creepy gangster James Bulger.

Emma Thompson in the movie Nanny McPhee Returns can be barely recognized only by her eyes.

The relationship between Gary Oldman and the makeup artists has a long track record. And it started with his transformation into Dracula in the 1992 film about the famous vampire.

Talking about Gary Oldman we have to mention his mind-blowing transformation into Mason Verger from Hannibal.

If Eddie Murphy can be transformed from a black man into a white person, then Robert Downey Jr. can do the opposite in Tropic Thunder. The MCU star even received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for that role.

Probably even the most devoted fans of Harry Potter could not recognize Daniel Radcliffe in the role of this demonic monster from the movie Horns.

Few people know that Samara from the horror film The Ring is quite a pretty girl in real life. The makeup artists should be thanked for giving Daveigh Chase some level of anonymity.

The legendary actress Glenn Close was turned into a man in one of the scenes of Hook.

Anjelica Huston can be hardly recognized under all this witch makeup in the movie The Witches.

A year after The Curious Case of Benjamin Button this aging technology was used on the handsome Jared Leto in the movie Mr. Nobody.