20 Actors Who Are Completely Unrecognisable with Make-Up On

Although modern computer technology has made it possible to transform the actors we see on screen beyond recognition, many movie-makers still prefer to use good old-fashioned make-up. And sometimes the results are no less impressive.

Take a look at the dramatic difference between the following actors’ real life appearances and their movie characters. We guarantee you’ll find this surprising!

Tilda Swinton as the rich and eccentric Madame D.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014

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Jared Leto as Rayon

Dallas Buyers Club, 2013

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Steve Carell as the crazy millionaire John du Pont

Foxcatcher, 2014

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Daveigh Chase as the dead girl Samara

The Ring, 2002

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John Travolta as Edna Turnblad

Hairspray, 2007

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Meryl Streep as the wicked witch

Into the Woods, 2014

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Maiwenn Le Besco as alien opera diva Plavalaguna

The Fifth Element, 1997

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Naomi Grossman as Pepper, suffering from microcephaly

American Horror Story, 2012

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Gary Oldman as the vampire count

Dracula, 1992

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Robert Englund as the maniac Freddy Krueger

A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984

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Tom Cruise as Les Grossman, a multimillionaire producer

Tropic Thunder, 2008

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Robert Downey Jr. as actor Kirk Lazarus

Tropic Thunder, 2008

© Paul Drinkwater / Custom Film Effects

Ralph Fiennes as the dark lord Voldemort

Harry Potter, 2005?2011

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Emma Thompson as nanny McPhee

Nanny McPhee, 2005

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Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008

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Christopher Walken as the Headless Horseman

Sleepy Hollow, 1999

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Robert De Niro as Frankenstein’s monster

Frankenstein, 1994

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Jim Carrey as the evil count Olaf

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, 2004

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Ksan Angelovich as a zombie

The Walking Dead, 2010

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Danny DeVito as the Penguin

Batman Returns, 1992

© Rex Features / 4-Ward Productions

James McAvoy as the faun Mr. Tumnus

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005

© Wenn

Preview photo credit Cass Studios
David Walter Banks