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
8 Gwyneth Paltrow played Rosemary in Shallow Hal
7 Jemaine Clement played Boris the Animal in Men In Black III
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
4 John Travolta played Edna Turnblad in Hairspray
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
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.