There are two groups of actors: those who always play the same type of role and those who they stand out for their skill and dexterity when interpreting totally dissimilar characters.
Now, when that versatility is accompanied by a great physical, gestural and aesthetic transformation We are facing a new group, capable of camouflaging itself to the point of becoming unrecognizable.
In this note, we tell you who the five artists are most chameleons in the industry and what their most impressive jobs were.
those who saw batmanthe new bet of Matt Reevessurely they had to wait until the end credits to see who was the talented actor that was hiding under the skin of the Penguin, the eternal enemy of the superhero in the DC Comics universe.
And surely when seeing his name, the surprise was great. is that behind that villain with overweight, baldness and scars on his face, is Colin Farrell; a talented actor who has the gift of completely camouflaging himself in each role he plays. Fearsome, violent and cruel, the Irishman-created Penguin far surpasses any previous incarnation of the character. Not only because of his performance but because of the physical and aesthetic transformation to which he has undergone.
In addition to the five hours of makeup daily (which included body and facial prosthetics), the actor had to gain several kilos for which acknowledges having eaten “like a beast”. “I love being part of this universe. Creating the character was fun and I’m really excited,” the actor confessed to GMA NewsOnlinefully satisfied with the result.
Now, as we said before, it is not the first time that the artist surprises with an important physical transformation for a role. While for Lobsterthe 2015 film Yorgos Lanthimos was also forced to gain weight with a diet based on “cheeseburgers and chocolates”, in 2008 did not hesitate to lose almost 15 kilos to war witnesseswhere he personified a war photographer.
She is one of the most beautiful and distinguished women in Hollywood, however, he is capable of sacrificing everything for his characters. Proof of this was his role in Monsterwhere she played Aileen Wuornos; a prostitute turned serial killer who was executed in 2002.
His talent to physically and gesturally compose this true character it not only earned him an Oscar in 2003 but also marked a before and after in his career: The South African showed that she was much more than a pretty face. 20 extra kilos, dentures, contact lenses and a lot of makeup they were necessary for the blonde with angelic features to become a disheveled and unattractive woman. “I gained about 22 kilos. I ate like a person who doesn’t move, and felt lethargic and tired all the time. That was the hardest thing to overcome afterwards because it’s more mental than physical.”, He acknowledged in an interview with Ellen Degeneres.
That was how donuts, pizza, french fries, and sugary sodas they became his allies when it came to gaining calories. The objective was clear: to feel like a woman who had not taken care of herself in life. “Aileen didn’t like herself, she didn’t like her body, so I also had to feel that I did not like my body to get to that state of mind. It was a matter of laziness, rather than weight gain, “explained the actress who had to wear prostheses so that her teeth look uneven and yellow and latex on her eyelids to achieve the eyes of a person who “drank alcohol every day and slept during the day”.
In 2015, Charlize lost all her glamor again when she shaved her hair to become Imperator Furiosa in the action movie Mad Max: Fury Road, with Tom Hardy (with whom he did not get along at all well during that filming). And just when we thought we had seen it all, the actress surprised us again with another extreme characterization in tulli, where she played a depressed family motherfor which he went back up, a lot of weight.
The British is another of the actors who gain and lose weight according to the demands of the script. “If I keep doing it, I will die,” said the interpreter who became a fat, bald man to embody a few months ago. Dick Cheney in The Vice President: Beyond Powerdropped his body fat into the single digits to play Patrick Bateman in american psycho and over time he increased it again for the trilogy of Batman starts.
However, there is a role in his career that continues to be talked about and that is the one who embodied in 2005 in the thriller The Machinist. Is that to play the emaciated Trevor Reznik (a factory worker with psychological problems), Bale had to lose about 28 kilos; something that was quickly noticed in the meter eighty height of him.
“I came up with an absolutely brilliant method to lose weight: starve myself on a diet of black coffee, an apple, and a can of tuna a day , plus vitamins and mineral supplements,” the actor revealed to Star2.com. What is certain is that his effort immediately reflected on her gaunt face and his skeletal figure. “When you’re so skinny you can barely walk up a flight of stairs, it’s like you’ve left your body. That is the most zen state I have ever had in my life,” he recalled.
The actor and singer is another master of disguise. Throughout his career, Jared Leto has made it clear that he always puts himself at the service of the role with body, mind and soul. While for requiem for a dream had to lose 12 kilos, to give life to the murderer of John Lennon fattened 30; a fact that left him in a wheelchair due to the physical problems that this sudden weight gain brought him. Not to mention when she played an endearing HIV-positive transgender woman Dallas Buyers Club: The homeless club role that earned him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2014.
In recent months, the long-haired man surprised again with his tremendous transformation for the gucci housewhere he plays Paolo Gucci , designer and vice president of the fashion firm in the ’70s. It is that for the film -which stars Lady Gaga and Adam Driver- the leader of 30 Seconds to Mars not only had to gain weight again and show off a fairly pronounced baldness but also learn to speak with an Italian accent, changing his voice completely.
“I worked with the best in the world to have that way of speaking. I studied a lot and got to perfect a specific dialect. I have always been fascinated by this language. Italian sounds romantic, beautiful, lyrical and melodious. It was a pleasure to play a person who talks like that,” Leto said in an interview with culture leisure.
Gary Oldman is another of the actors who has shown his chameleon power countless times. on the screen. His role as George Smiley in The mole or Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg in The fifth element are proof of it.
Nevertheless, play Winston Churchill in The hours darker It was undoubtedly one of his most important challenges. In fact, the Englishman had already been offered to interpret the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom years ago, but he had refused. “The intellectual or psychological challenge had nothing to do with it, but the mere physical issue. Just look at a picture of Churchill and look at me”, he justified himself at that time by not accepting the proposal.
However, the technical team behind this Joe Wright film made him change his mind. It is that, who was in charge of the makeup department, was nothing more and nothing less than the famous Kazuhiro Tsuji; an expert in prosthetic makeup He has been nominated twice for an Oscar. “I was convinced that Kazuhiro Tsuji was the person, the only person, capable of taking me there. In his profession, Kazu is the equivalent of Picasso”, confessed the interpreter who gave himself with total confidence in his hands.
The artist made various casts of Oldman’s face and body, since he was facing a clear difficulty. “The hardest thing was that the heads were of totally different proportions and sizes. Gary’s head is oval, but Churchill’s is flatter, rounder. Gary’s eyes are close together, Churchill’s wide apart. ”, explained who after five makeup tests found the design that worked best. Regarding the corpulent physique, Tsuji designed a foam suit, something similar to a fat suit although very light. “Not only did it transform his silhouette, it also helped him move like Churchill,” said one collaborator.
Finally, and as a final complement to this great transformation, Oldman focused on recreate Churchill’s voice on his own body. “I got one of his speeches and a recorder, and I started experimenting,” revealed who in the film was in charge of showing how the president led his country into World War II. His extraordinary work has been recognized with a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best leading actor in 2018.