Can you imagine what the world would be like today if there were no movies or TV shows? Boredom cannot even begin to define the situation. Movies and TV shows are part of the modern human experience, because they entertain us, help to shape our society, and bring change to people’s lives through the stories that characters play out on screen. Furthermore, these productions help to challenge human creativity, address social evils and attempt to open up the future and all its possibilities.
Movies have created a special breed of people that the rest of the world loves to idolize, owing to their great performance in bringing their ideal characters to life. Many people go to watch movies usually because their favorite actors are starring in them, which is the reason why the producers always look for the best actors to play each role.
In recent times, however, movie producers have started wanting to make their movies even more interesting by casting very strong celebrity actors and hiding them behind make-up and costumes. This concept not only challenges actors to become even more versatile and creative, but it brings out the actors in a new light from the perspective of the audience. There is always the risk that you might not identify your favorite actor in a particular role, but that is why the movie credits run at the end. Therefore, the next time you want to dismiss a movie just because none of the actors look familiar, be patient because it might be more star-studded than any film you have ever watched.
10. Tom Cruise played Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder
Tropic Thunder is one of those movies that you could watch over and over again, just to appreciate the creativity and prowess of the costumes and make-up teams. When you watch this movie, you could swear that Les Grossman looks a bit familiar but in no way could he be Tom Cruise. Unbelievably, for his role as Grossman, Cruise had to transform into a fat, middle-aged man with serious chest hair and large arms. Although Tom Cruise had to wear a fat suit and prosthetic hands, the transformation was phenomenal. The character of ‘Les Grossman’ was, therefore, played by one of the most, if not the most, famous actors in Hollywood today.
9. Ron Perlman played Vincent in Beauty and the Beast
Ronald N. Perlman is a famous actor who is never afraid to wear a mask or go through numerous hours of makeup to transform himself into the character he is portraying. This New York City-born actor is best known for his leading role in the comic-based movie Hellboy and its sequel, as well as his other roles in Pacific Rim and Blade II, and in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. However, one of his most iconic roles was in the 1980s TV series Beauty and The Beast where he played the role of Vincent (The Beast). His role as Vincent earned him several nominations and awards, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV series Drama.
8. Gwyneth Paltrow played Rosemary in Shallow Hal
Gwyneth Paltrow is one of those actresses in Hollywood who never turns down a challenge, especially with regards to making a great movie. Her versatility when it comes to the roles she plays is admirable, and her professionalism in every movie is everything upcoming stars should look up to. Although she has starred in numerous movies as her beautiful self, the movie Shallow Hal is one that you will miss her in if you are not keen. Paltrow transformed into a 350-pound woman by wearing a fat suit when filming the movie. Her transformation was so real that before they started shooting the movie, Paltrow walked around a hotel in New York with the suit and no one recognized or even paid any attention to her.
7. Jemaine Clement played Boris the Animal in Men In Black III
Jemaine Atea Clement is a New Zealand-born actor, comedian, musician, and a multi-instrumentalist. In addition to being part of the musical Comedy group Flight of the Conchords, and performing the voice of the Cockatoo “Nigel” in Rio, Clement has played numerous roles in TV series and movies. One role that many people did not know he played was in Men in Black 3 as Boris the Animal. His role in this movie earned him a nomination for the Choice Movie Villain at the Teen Choice Awards in 2012. His performance as Boris the Animal was so good that were it not for the credits, many people would not have known that Clement was the actor behind the villain.
6. Cameron Diaz played Lotte in Being John Malkovich
Since her appearance in The Mask, Cameron Diaz has embodied nothing but the extreme beauty, the slender figure, and the exciting sex appeal that women in Hollywood aspire to achieve. She has maintained that image throughout most, if not all of her movies, and the same applies to her in real-life. If Cameron Diaz is in a film, you never fail to recognize or identify her, unless if the movie is called Being John Malkovich. In this movie, there is not much to write home about regarding the character that Diaz is playing. Lotte is just a normal looking, animal loving girl with a dark curly wig. This ‘makeunder’ is sure to keep you guessing who this girl is and when Diaz will appear in the film, if you have not already read reviews or heard about the transformation, that is.
5. Ryan Reynolds played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Ryan Reynolds is a Canadian-born actor who got into the film and TV acting scene in the early 1990s. Reynolds has a wonderful acting history, with some of his most popular roles being in the movie Green Lantern, where he played Hal Jordan, and in the 2013 action and comedy RIPD. Reynolds is however fond of playing roles where people don’t even know he’s in the film until the credits start coming up. Did you know that Reynolds was in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine as ‘Deadpool’, and he was also ‘Hannibal King’ in Blade: Trinity? Now you know. Reynolds is also expected to play Deadpool in a yet-to-be-officially-announced Marvel movie.
4. John Travolta played Edna Turnblad in Hairspray
John Travolta is one of those few legendary actors who began their acting career in the 1970s, and is still acting even today. This means that Travolta has had the opportunity to play numerous roles, and do a fantastic job in most of them. Some of the best movies he’s starred in include Face/off, Pulp Fiction, Swordfish and Hairspray, all of which he had an excellent performance in. However, if you watched Hairspray and thought that he was not in the movie, then you will be shocked to realize that Tracy’s stay-at-home mom Edna Turnblad was indeed Travolta. It is hard playing the role of a character who is the opposite sex, but those limits do not exist when it comes to extraordinary actors such as John Travolta.
3. Robert Downey Jr. played Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder
The mention of the name Robert Downey Jr. comes with the mental image of ‘Tony Stark’ in Iron Man or the detective ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in the Sherlock Holmes movies. Robert Downey Jr. is one of the present day Hollywood greats, and this is thanks to his excellent performances in every movie he takes part in. However, just when you thought you could recognize him in every film he has acted in, you come across his name as one of the characters in Tropic Thunder. In the movie, Robert Downey Jr. is an African-American sergeant, and that says enough about the transformation he had to go through. It is very easy to miss RDJ in this movie, owing to how well he executed his role.
2. Matt Damon played Mark Whitacre in The Informant
Matt Damon is one of the best action actors that Hollywood has today, thanks to his performance in so many movies such as Good Will Hunting, Dogma, Elysium and especially the Bourne movies. His great performance in Invictus, The Monuments Men, and of course the three Oceans movies is also very commendable, living up to the expectation despite acting side-by-side with some of the all-time best actors. Although it is easy to identify Damon in all the movies he is in, you had to have a very keen eye to know that he was the main actor in the 2009 movie The Informant. In order to become the whistleblower Mark Whitacre, Damon had to change his appearance drastically by putting on at least 30 extra pounds, growing a funny mustache, and wearing a nose appendage.
1. Tom Hanks played Chuck Noland In Cast Away
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks has been entertaining audiences all over the world for over 25 years, and this has brought him two Oscars and numerous other awards. Many people associate Tom Hanks with the films Forrest Gump, The Da Vinci Code, Saving Private Ryan, and many more movies where he played the leading role. His role in the movie Cast Away however is one that people will hardly forget owing to the transformation that he had to undergo. Hanks had to lose at least 50 pounds and grow a terrifying beard, aspects that we find hard to relate with when it comes to his normal appearance. Someone watching portions of Cast Away with no idea that Tom Hanks is the man stranded on that deserted island would be no surprise.
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