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“We all started as little kids.” Artist redesigns iconic movie posters using actors’ childhood photos

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An artist has redesigned a series of iconic film posters, replacing the actors’ faces with photographs of them as children.

Illustrator, Léo Lardy, has named his project Back to Youth, and the results are pretty unnerving.

On every poster, which he has posted on his Facebook account and website, Lardy has replaced his own name with the director’s.

Speaking to Stylist.co.uk, Lardy says that the idea to edit the movie posters came to him one day when he was watching The Lord of the Rings and he realised that "Elijah Wood had not changed a bit since his very first movies as a child."

"I started researching a lot, looking for pictures of famous actors and actresses when they were small children," says Léo.

"The tough part was to find pictures that were usable but most importantly where the celebrities were recognisable." 

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A young Julia Roberts is the star on a poster...

Lardy told us that the message he hoped to convey through the series is that "although we see those movie stars and incredible and almost 'out of this world' beings, we all started as little kids."

"To me," he says, "it makes them more like us, modest human beings."

The poster for Drive (2011), shows Ryan Gosling as a child, standing in front of the car and wearing the gold bomber jacket which, throughout the film, gets covered in the blood of his accomplices.

The Notting Hill (1999) poster, which shows Hugh Grant walking past a movie poster in the street (it is so meta) sees Julia Roberts as a child.

Lardy’s reimagined Twilight (2008) poster sees Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, as children, next to the original image of Robert Pattinson who plays a vampire that doesn't age.

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They weren't much older than this when filming for Twilight began...

The Nightcrawler (2014) poster is hilarious, seeing a mini Jake Gyllenhaal pose with his video camera under a dark Los Angeles bridge. Little does he know that when he grows up, he shall be filming the gruesome deaths of passers-by, to sell to hungry broadcast journalists for some extra cash.

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What will young Jake Gyllenhaal become?

The Pirates of the Caribbean (2006) poster is much more adorable – with a young and beaming Keira Knightly donning a pirate’s hat, alongside the original images of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.

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A young Kiera Knightley takes on Captain Black Sparrow

We also loved the Wolf of Wall Street (2013). A cheeky chappie, young Leo DiCaprio dons an oversized suit at the front of this reimagined poster, reveling in the debauchery he is partaking in. 

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Young Leonardo DiCaprio makes a cheeky wheeler-dealer

Our personal favourite, though? It’s got to be Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Lardy has replaced Charlize Theron with her younger self on the film poster. We like to think this sends a great message to young girls who can see Lardy's poster and imagine themselves growing up into a badass fighter, rather than a Disney Princes.

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Baby badass Charlize Theron

Head over to Leo Lardy's Instagram page to see more.

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