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15 Ugly Tattoos Actors Hide During Filming

In real life, they say tattoos and scars build character in a person. In the movies, tattoos are often characters all to themselves. Take a look at Danny Trejo's film reel if you doubt this. In a lot

In real life, they say tattoos and scars build character in a person. In the movies, tattoos are often characters all to themselves. Take a look at Danny Trejo's film reel if you doubt this. In a lot of films, an actor's own tattoos get to make an appearance, but what happens if a character calls for no tattoos? Are tattooed actors considered for these parts? Sure, there's makeup and even CGI, but wouldn’t it be easier just to cast someone without tattoos? The answer is yes, it is. You might think that makeup can cover everything because it pretty much can, but, for many filmmakers, this is an unnecessary complication. But we haven't even got into the problem with tattoo artwork and ownership.

Back when they were making The Hangover II, Warner Bros. ran into problems when Mike Tyson's tattoo artist sued them for recreating the boxer's iconic face tattoo on actor Ed Helms' face. This opened up a whole new can of worms for the film industry. Now, they have a tattoo waiver form for certain pieces, but not every tattoo artist is going to sign that. In fact, some actors have lost out on jobs because of their tattoo artists (buyer beware).

Yet, most of the time, it never comes to this. The filmmakers will just cover up an actor's tattoos with clothing or makeup. Because of all this, though, we thought it might be interesting to look at what actors are constantly having to cover up their tattoos. The tattoos that tend to get covered most often are usually ones that are too specific to the actor, too unbelievable for the character they're playing or just downright ugly. Here are 15 tattoos that celebs are forced to hide while filming movies.

15 Tom Hardy

via Tumblr/ Nolan Fan

14 Scarlett Johansson

via youtube

13 Angelina Jolie

via SantaBanta Forums/Jesse Lynch

12 Hayden Panettiere

via Enstarz/ lisafashioneye

11 Mark Wahlberg

via Ranker

10 Drew Barrymore

via Tattoo A to Z .com/ Ravepad

9 Megan Fox

via Tattoo A to Z.Com/ BasementRejects

8 Helen Mirren

via Good Housekeeping/ Imgrum

7 Christina Ricci

via ranker/ newnownext

6 Jamie Foxx

via Cambio/ Zimbio

5 Sienna Miller

via Tattooz Designs

4 Jessica Alba

via Tattoo A to Z .Com/ MasalaDesi

3 Emma Stone

via Creative Fan/ CelebMafia

2 Johnny Depp

via Truetattoos/ Huffington Post

1 Ben Affleck

via PopSugar/ gawker.com

Ben Affleck doesn’t get shirtless in films too often, but he did briefly in Gone Girl and Argo, and, in both of those films, his two large shoulder tattoos were covered up. We can assume that if he ever does go shirtless as Bruce Wayne for one of those Christian Bale-type workout scenes, he will be covered up once again. Bruce Wayne doesn't seem like the shoulder tattoo type. It's not that Ben's tattoos are ugly, necessarily, it's just that they don't look cool enough or natural enough on Ben or his characters to include them in films.

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