15 Beautiful Stars Who Got Ugly For A Role

Stereotyping can be a terrible thing, and that includes stereotyping the beautiful as being naturally untalented. Especially when that beauty reaches unnatural, breathtaking levels, it can be hard to see an actor or actress’s inner talents and capabilities. Feeling unnoticed or underappreciated, many actors and actresses decide to use grotesque and crazy make-up, covering up their beautiful bodies to create something somehow even more worthy of attention. Others make the transformation more permanent.

Film stars tend to do it for drama, while on television it’s played for laughs, but the idea of a gorgeous star dressing down for the screen has been around for decades. Sometimes it’s the spark that turns a burgeoning star into a true celebrity, allowing people previously cast off as models to be taken seriously, winning major awards. Other times it comes off as offensive, and it can be seen as stunt casting for the sake of publicity.

Either way, these 15 stars must have spent hours in hair and makeup, because they were far more beautiful than they look.

15 Cameron Diaz in 'Being John Malkovich'

Via Propaganda Films

14 Javier Bardem in 'No Country for Old Men'

Via Miramax Films

13 Charlize Theron in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Via Warner Bros.

12 Nicole Kidman in 'The Hours'

Via Scott Rudin Productions

11 Kristen Wiig on 'Saturday Night Live'

Via SNL Studios

10 Mary Lynn Rajskub on ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ 

Via RCG Productions

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a disgusting show about disgusting people, but even the Gang are absolutely grossed out by Gail the Snail. Gail is Dennis and Dee’s cousin, who immediately attempts to date Charlie, then Frank, then Mac, only for all of them to be disgusted by her constant drooling and ill-explained gangly hunching. Frank allows her to give him a handj--b, but even he loses interest in the Snail, who “just mashes it.” Mary Lynn has also appeared on 24 and in Mr. Show, but her characters on those shows weren’t so despicable.

9 Tom Cruise in 'Tropic Thunder'

Via DreamWorks Pictures

8 Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Shallow Hal'

Via Conundrum Entertainment

7 Judy Greer on 'Arrested Development'

Via Imagine Television

6 Rooney Mara in 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

Via Scott Rudin Productions

5 Christian Bale in 'The Machinist'

Via Filmax Entertainment

4 Vanessa Hudgens in 'Gimme Shelter'

Via Roadside Attractions

3 Emma Thompson in 'Nanny McPhee'

Via Universal Pictures

2 Khandi Alexander on 'The Corner'

Via HBO Films

1 Jaleel White on 'Family Matters'

Via Warner Bros. Television

Most people would never know Jaleel White is a fine looking man, even when he appeared on Family Matters as Stefan Urquelle, Steve Urkel’s suave cousin. While he started off as a goofy little kid, White gradually grew into his body and became a good looking adult, but most fans still forever see him as Steve Urkel. Typically only adults dress themselves down in this way, with most children being too embarrassed to geek out on live television, but White never shied away from acting weirder and "dweebier" each and every week.


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