When A-listers undergo dramatic transformations for movie roles

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Prosthetic noses, fake wrinkles, wigs and dramatic weight fluctuations...

It's amazing what actors will do for the sake of their art.

From Nicole Kidman to Jennifer Aniston and Tilda Swinton, come see the stars who have put their all into becoming unrecognisable for a film role. 

  • Cate Blanchett

    Cate Blanchett hasn't been labelled a chameleon for no reason. While she rarely strays far from her blonde hair and natural make-up on the red carpet, she's anything but herself on screen, having transformed into Elizabeth I of England, Bob Dylan and The Lord of the Rings' Galadriel. But her latest film might be her biggest change yet...

  • Cate Blanchett in Manifesto

    In Manifesto, a video art project by Berlin-based artist Julian Rosefeldt, Blanchett takes on 13 different personas including a school teacher, a newsreader and a taxi driver. She is unrecognisable, here, as a homeless man.

    Rosefeldt’s film aims to “question the role of the artist in society today”.

    Image: Twitter/ACMI

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal

    The Hollywood star is known for her chic brunette bob and natural beauty...

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Deuce

    The Deuce is a TV movie set for release in 2016 about the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. Gyllenhaal has donned a peroxide permed wig for the role of Eileen 'Candy' Merrell. 

  • Cara Delevingne

  • Cara Delevingne in Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad is an 'anti super hero movie' due for release in August 2016. For the film, Delevingne sports a long black wig, new tattoos and a chain bikini, to transform herself into the 'Enchantress'. Terrifying.

  • Tilda Swinton

    The actress is famous for her pale, androgynous look...

  • Tilda Swinton in Trainwreck

    "I’m delighted to say that I’m unrecognisable," she told The Huffington Post of her Hollywood makeover for Trainwreck.

  • Emma Thompson

    The Oscar-winning actress, 56, was transformed into a 77-year-old prostitute for her latest role...

  • Emma Thompson in The Legend of Barney Thomson

    Thompson plays the mother of Robert Carlyle's character - despite there being only two years between them in real life.

  • Jennifer Aniston

    Ever since the Friends-era 'Rachel cut' Jennifer Aniston has been known for her glossy mane...

  • Jennifer Aniston in Cake

    But it was chopped off, dyed a dull shade of brown and she had prosthetic scars put all over her face for her gritty role in Cake.

  • Sharon Stone

    The glamorous screen legend played mum to Amanda Seyfried's lead character in biopic Lovelace in 2013...

  • Sharon Stone in Lovelace

    And took on one impressive perm.

  • Jared Leto

    In 2013, Jared Leto traded in a full beard and glossy locks...

  • Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club become a trans woman with HIV in Dallas Buyers Club.

    He lost 30 pounds for the part (as well as getting through a fair amount of razors).

  • Glenn Close

    The veteran actress earned an Oscar nomination for her role as a butler in the 2011 film Albert Nobbs...

  • Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs

    She deserved it for the transformation alone.

  • Anne Hathaway

    The already petite star dropped 16 pounds and shaved her head for her starring role as destitute prostitute Fantine in the 2012 film version of Les Miserables...


  • Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

    She had just 20 days to shed the weight, as her character was fit and healthy at the start of the movie.

    She won an Oscar for her authentic portrayal.

  • Natalie Portman

    Before Anne, Natalie Portman went to extremes for her 2010 film Black Swan...

  • Natalie Portman in Black Swan

    As well as losing 20 pounds, Portman had to learn punishing ballet routines.

    "There were some nights that I thought I literally was going to die," she confessed of her gruelling regime to prep for the role.

    Another Best Actress Oscar well-earned.

  • Cate Blanchett

    In 2007, Cate Blanchett looked like this.

    Then she took on the challenge of playing Bob Dylan...

  • Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in I'm Not There

    Just, wow.

  • Mariah Carey

    The famously glamorous singer shocked the world when she really toned it down for her part in Precious...

  • Mariah Carey in Precious

    "It was cool because a lot of people say they don't recognise me in the film," Carey said.

  • Nicole Kidman

    In 2003, Nicole Kidman braved a prosthetic nose and brunette wig for her take on Virginia Woolf...

  • Nicole Kidman In The Hours

    She reportedly loved wearing the nose off set too, as it meant the paparazzi didn't notice her as often.

  • Charlize Theron

    The actress' model looks were brutalised for her role as prostitute Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 blockbuster Monster...

  • Charlie Theron in Monster

    That stare is just the icing on the cake.

  • Renee Zellweger

    The Hollywood favourite packed in 12 courses a day to gain weight for her 2001 role in Bridget Jones's Diary..

  • Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones

    But quickly shed the weight after the film.

    She said: "On one side it's fantastic because you get to go back to taking care of yourself, so you feel wonderful, but the first lap around the track I felt like I had a toddler on my back."

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