Movie stars are known as being vain and obsessed with their image, which is not surprising seeing as how part of their career is simply looking good . Hollywood is not always about looking your best, it is about giving your best performance and committing yourself 100% to any given role – that is what differentiates a good actor from a great one. It takes a lot of work for celebrities to make themselves beautiful for the red carpet but sometimes it takes a lot more preparation to get ugly for a life-changing movie role.
What some people do not realize is that for many roles actors must be able to commit to a drastic weight change or other physical and mental changes in order to prepare for a specific role. The following 15 beautiful celebrities have all gotten ugly and nasty for the following roles. Whether it was gaining or loosing weight or adding a uni-brow, the following beauties have all shown the world the ugliest versions of themselves.
The more an actor commits to their role, in every aspect of the word, the more believable their characters become. This list is not only a list of actors who got ugly for a role, it is also a list of great movies with great actors who are committed to their art. Each movie on this list is one to watch, and it’s not because the actors look good!
15. Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine
Ryan Gosling is the subject of endless fantasies thanks to films like Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Notebook and Drive. He is gorgeous, charming and talented, which is why women (and men) around the world go crazy for him. However, in the film Blue Valentine, he looks horrible throughout half of it. His character’s depressing personality and balding hairline made ladies around the world question Gosling’s good looks. Okay, so he is still considered one of the hottest men in Hollywood, but even his biggest fans must admit that this was not his best look. However, if any actor can still have girls in love with him while looking that way, it’s Mr. Gosling.
14. Rumer Willis – House Bunny
Rumer Willis was born into Hollywood royalty; her parents Demi Moore and Bruce Willis are very used to the spotlight and so is their daughter. Although she has not yet made it as big as her parents, her star has been slowly rising for years. In 2008 she played one of the sorority sisters in the hilarious movie The House Bunny, starring Anna Faris. In this film Willis plays an awkward and uglier version of herself for most of the movie. Until the end she is also rocking a back brace…very sexy. Rumor Willis has a unique look, a real mix of both her mother and father, but in this movie she really looks like neither of them.
13. Nicole Kidman – The Hours
Nicole Kidman is a beautiful and extremely talented actress who has had the honor of playing many phenomenal roles. Some of her best work includes Cold Mountain, Moulin Rouge, Rabbit Hole and The Paperboy. However, her most incredible role was the one she got the ugliest for. This role was in the film The Hours, for which she changed her face, more specifically her nose. Both the acting and the commitment to the role is what won Kidman an Academy Award in 2002. For those of you who have not yet seen the film, it is one to see, even if Kidman and her nose may distract you at first!
12. Rooney Mara – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Rooney Mara is an actress who has just recently made her mark on Hollywood. Her biggest role was in 2011 when she starred in the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For those of you who were familiar with Mara before this film, it came as quite a shock seeing her as this character. She plays Lisbeth Salander who is a 23-year-old anti-social hacker with a dark side and a tough exterior. Mara, who naturally has an air of innocence, did not exude any of that throughout this film. Her character’s Goth look, numerous piercings and intense black eye liner definitely took a lot away from her beauty.
11. Cameron Diaz – Being John Malkovich
Cameron Diaz is beyond stunning and usually plays the role of the “pretty girl.” However, in 1999 she surprised everyone in the film Being John Malkovich. In this movie she plays Lotte Schwartz, Craig’s (John Cusak) pet-obsessed wife. Apparently it was hard for makeup artists to get Cameron Diaz to look ordinary since she is so naturally stunning. However, thanks to hair and makeup Diaz did not look beautiful, in fact she looked below average. This movie is by far her best role and is a must-see for any movie buff or Cameron Diaz fan.
10. James Franco – Spring Breakers
James Franco is a gorgeous and talented actor. This natural born comedian is always looking for ways to break his boundaries and push himself creatively, which is exactly what he did in the movie Spring Breakers. It is said his character’s look was based off the rapper Riff Raff and I must say, he did a great job. Franco managed to pull off looking and acting like a complete asshole and people still loved him. If you have yet to see the movie, his character is a straight up loser with dreads, gold teeth and horrible style. Very different from the clean cut and sharp James Franco we are all used to.
9. Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder
I think everyone was taken aback when they saw Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. Tom Cruise has always been seen as a Hollywood hottie and has played some extremely sexy roles, but this one is not one of them. His character is extremely hairy everywhere besides his head, he wears a gold chain and pretty much defines the term “cheesy”. Cruise committed to this role and made himself unrecognizable. His character was a cliché of Hollywood “Jews” and was well received by his audience, showing his fans a lighter and funnier side of himself.
8. Brad Pitt – 12 Monkeys
Okay, so Brad Pitt is one of those people who always seem to look good. He has been part of Hollywood royalty for years and has made his mark on both the industry and the world in general. It is very hard to make someone as beautiful as Brad Pitt unattractive, however in the 1995 film 12 Monkeys he was far from attractive. In this film he plays Jeffrey Goines, the paranoid founder of the Army of 12 Monkeys. Pitt is pure genius in this film and truly looked the part of a mental patient. For those of you who have not had the chance to see this film, it is incredible, one of those movies that makes you think about what is happening on screen.
7. Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained
Leonardo DiCaprio has it all; talent, fame, fortune and good looks. His undeniable talent (which has yet to win him an Oscar) has been demonstrated in every character he has ever played. However, with a face like his it is hard to make him look unattractive. Leo has committed himself to every role he has ever played however, in Django Unchained, he took it to another level. Although he is not hideous, because let’s face it he can never be hideous, he looks awful in this film. The bags under his eyes and his yellowed teeth really take away from his usual charm.
6. Taryn Manning – Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black is one of the hottest television shows right now – it seems as if everyone is obsessed with it. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show (because you clearly live under a rock) it is set in a woman’s prison and is filled with countless incredibly written and acted characters. Taryn Manning is a personal favorite of mine, her character Tiffany Doggett, better known as Pennsatucky, was known as the villain in Season 1 and boy did she look the part. Her “crack head” look and wasted away teeth gave viewers mixed feelings. However, with the development of the show there have been developments in Manning’s character. This beautiful actress looks like a train wreck in this series, but as the seasons go on, they fix her look up a bit (thankfully).
5. Salma Hayek – Frida
Salma Hayek is always beautiful, however when she has a uni-brow, she is not looking her best. In 2002, Hayek faced the big screen, uni-brow and all, to portray a legendary woman, Frida Kahlo. Kahlo is a Mexican painter who is known for her astonishing self-portraits. Her work is still seen in Mexico as an emblem of national traditions and she is still praised by feminists for her depiction of female expression in the world of art. There was no actress better suited to play this incredible role, however it’s no secret that Hayek had to ugly herself down a bit for it.
4. Christian Bale – American Hustle and The Fighter
Christian Bale is a chameleon; he has the ability of molding himself to each individual role he plays. In 2013 he took on an incredible role in the movie American Hustle. For this role Bale gained 40 pounds and did not pull it off well. This was not the first time Bale took on a challenging role both emotionally and physically. In 2010, Bale lost 60 pounds for the film The Fighter, where once again he did not look his best. Bale is one of those rare talents that seems to change both physically and mentally for every role he commits to.
3. Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Meryl Streep is one of the greatest talents of our generation. She has taken on some incredible roles and recently she took on another one in the film Into the Woods. Her role in this film showed two sides of her, the beautiful side and a horribly hideous side. Her role as a witch was well received and her commitment to the role was undeniable. Thanks to a great makeup team she was able to look like an aged, evil witch, exactly what the role demanded. Streep’s classic beauty was fully faded throughout this role which is one of the many reasons she is such a successful actress, because she is able to pull roles like this off.
2. Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club & Chapter 27
Jared Leto is by far one of the best actors of our generation. His talent and commitment to his roles are admirable and have been both well received and well rewarded. Leto is known for committing 100% to his roles and he has gone above and beyond in a lot of movies. However, two in particular stand out. In 2007 he played the role of Mark David Chapman, the man who assassinated John Lennon in the film Chapter 27. For this role he gained over 65 pounds in order to look the part. On the other end of the spectrum in 2013 he lost over 40 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club for which he won an Academy Award for best supporting actor.
1. Charlize Theron – Monster
When you think about beautiful people who made themselves ugly for the big screen, there is one actress that stands out most, and her name is Charlize Theron. Theron is the definition of a classic beauty and her talent is undeniable. In 2003, she took on the most challenging and rewarding role of her life as Aileen in the mind-blowing film Monster. Not only did Theron gain 30 pounds for this role, she looked completely different. Her physical and mental commitment to the role earned her an Oscar for Best Actress, making the commitment well worth it. This movie is both disturbing and brilliant and Charlize Theron’s performance is outstanding.
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