5 times makeup transformed an actor in a film

Makeup has the ability to transform us all. But there are times it goes past hiding a few dark circles. We're looking at some of the most amazing makeup transformations in films and the actors you'd barely recognise.

Makeup is something most of us use on a daily basis. It helps to perk you up, hide tiredness and enhance features. Sometimes, all it takes is a little foundation or lipstick to make you feel "like yourself again". A day to day mini transformation in a way. That's the kind of makeup we know well, but there's another side to the industry that is more specialised. The world of special effects.

Special effects makeup opens up an entirely different world of opportunity. From simple things like creating bruises and scars to complete head to toe transformations. Today we're celebrating some of the most amazing work in films, and the actors you'd barely recognise.

Jim Carrey as The Grinch


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There might be a new film out this year, but we will always consider this 2001 version of The Grinch as the original. Apparently, it took over four hours each day to apply Jim Carrey's green makeup and prosthetics.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool


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Although he wears the signature red suit for the majority of the film, Ryan Reynold's special effects makeup is a highlight in his transformation to become Deadpool.

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands



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Edward Scissorhands is one of the most iconic characters of the '90s. Brought to life by Johnny Depp, but also helped along by some truly amazing makeup and costume work too.

Tim Roth as General Thade in Planet of the Apes

A true transformation, Tim Roth is absolutely unrecognisable as General Thade in the 2001 Plant of the Apes reboot.

Daveigh Chase as Samara in The Ring


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Truly the stuff of nightmares, The Ring gave a lot of people some sleepless nights when it came out. And the reason? Samara and her terrifying look.


So there you have it, five of the best makeup transformations in films. Do you have any others to add to the list?

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