Scott Stevens

By Scott Stevens

LifeBuzz Staff

17 Movie Stars Whose Make-Up Was So Good We Didn’t Know It Was Them.

We all love watching movies. Sometimes the best part about them is the actors that play the important roles. It's always fun to see the transformation that can take place for certain characters. The things that can be done in Hollywood are truly amazing.

There is a reason that the make up artists spend countless hours in school learning their craft. If they are lucky enough to make it all the way up to a Hollywood gig, they have hit the big time. They can take a beautiful person and make them ugly, or take an average looking actor and turn them into one of the best looking people ever, over even an alien, zombie or monster of some sort. One of the amazing things to see is when they take a young person and make them look old.

Sometimes you will know a certain actress or actor is playing a role in a movie but when you watch it you can't tell who they are in the film. That's a make up artist that did a fantastic job. Those types of talents are in very high demand by film makers. Here we will take a look at some of the best work that has been done.

#1. Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana played the role of Neytiri in "Avatar" but some people don't know that. While the movie is animated there still was the need for people to play certain roles. If you want to talk about unrecognizable this is a perfect example!

Saldana had already done a fantastic transition in the Star Trek remake so she was a perfect choice. She's going to return for the role in the upcoming "Avatar" sequels.

Zoe Saldana

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#2. Johnny Depp

When Johnny Depp took on the role of mobster Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass," he obviously needed to change his appearance.

He needed to have an older look and it took twenty-two hours to get him right. The work could only be done one time so he had to get everything right before it came off.

Johnny Depp

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#3. Rooney Mara

When Rooney Mara took on the role of Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," she had to undergo a lot of work. Part of her head was shaved and what was left was dyed black. She also had to get rid of her eyebrows and get several piercings, including her nipples. Talk about giving your all to a role!

Rooney Mara

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#4. Ryan Reynolds

If Ryan Reynolds looked in real life like they made him look early in "Just Friends" he may not have been able to marry Blake Lively.

He had to wear a fat suit for the role and had his hair given a very curly look. Had Lively seen him looking like that she may not have given him a second look!

Ryan Reynolds

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#5. Cameron Diaz

"Being John Malkovich" had a role in it of a woman named Lotte. She was an average looking woman so it took a lot of work for the beautiful Cameron Diaz to dress down to the part. She took to a frizzy wig and some contacts to finish the transformation.

Cameron Diaz

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