25 Successful Actors/Actresses Who Completely Changed Their Appearances For Movies!

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We love it when our favorite actors/actresses play a role totally unrelated to who they are. It's even more lovely when they look unrecognizable. Apparently the Academy also loves it when this is the case.

1. Nicole Kidman - The Hours (2002)

Nicole Kidman - The Hours (2002)
Nicole Kidman - The Hours (2002)

Nicole Kidman was barely recognizable when she won the Academy Award for Best Actress with her character Virgina.

2. Marion Cotillard - La môme (2007)

Marion Cotillard - La môme (2007)
Marion Cotillard - La môme (2007)

Marion Cotillard showed a legendary performance for her role Edith Piaf. She won a very well deserved oscar.

3. Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Rooney Mara -  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Rooney Mara -  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Rooney played hacker and punk Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Do we need so say that she won an oscar as well?

4. Robin Williams - Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Robin Williams - Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Robin Williams - Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

We sadly lost beloved Actor & Comedian Robin Willams not so long ago. He played a man named Daniel Hillard who disguises himself as a woman to be close to his kids in Mrs. Doubtfire.

5. Kate Winslet - The Reader (2008)

Kate Winslet - The Reader (2008)
Kate Winslet - The Reader (2008)

Kate Winslet also won an Oscar when she transformed herself drastically for the character Hanna Schmitz.

6. Tom Hanks - Cast Away (2000)

Tom Hanks -  Cast Away (2000)
Tom Hanks -  Cast Away (2000)

Tom Hanks got nominated with his performance in Cast Away. He was a lone survivor in an Island and his appearance was changing as the movie progresses.

7. Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady (2011)

Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady (2011)
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady (2011)

We don't know if Meryl Streep is winning Oscars or Oscars are winning her. She added one more Oscar statue to her collection when she played British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher AKA The Iron Lady.

8. Charlize Theron - Monster (2003)

Charlize Theron - Monster (2003)
Charlize Theron - Monster (2003)

Charlize Theron's beauty is unearthly. She played a ruthless killer completely opposite to her looks at movie Monster and won an Oscar for Best Actress.

9. Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Looper (2012)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Looper (2012)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Looper (2012)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt played a young Bruce Willis in the movie Looper. To be honest  his cuteness was totally gone.

10. Christian Bale - The Machinist (2004)

Christian Bale - The Machinist (2004)
Christian Bale - The Machinist (2004)

Christian Bale is famous for transforming his body for movies. He lost 30 kilos (66 Pounds) for his role in The Machinist.

Christian Bale - American Hustle (2013)

Christian Bale - American Hustle (2013)
Christian Bale - American Hustle (2013)

Mr. Bale again. This time he gained 22 Kilos (48 pounds) for his role in American Hustle. His character Irving Rosenfeld made him a nominee for the Best Actor in Academy Awards.

11. Jim Sturgess - Cloud Atlas (2012)

Jim Sturgess - Cloud Atlas (2012)
Jim Sturgess - Cloud Atlas (2012)

Cloud Atlas is Wachowski's second big thing after The Matrix series. The core cast is playing many different characters in this movie. Cloud Atlas won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

12. Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Hilary Swank - Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Hilary Swank played a transperson in Boys Don't Cry and won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

13. Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Matthew McConaughey made his comeback with Dallas Buyers Club. He didn't change his looks for the movie but lost 23 kilos (50 pounds). And yes, he won the Academy Awards for the Best Actor.

14. Eric Bana - Chopper (2000)

Eric Bana - Chopper (2000)
Eric Bana - Chopper (2000)

For his character Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read Eric Bana gained 20 kilos (44 Pounds). It was one of his most remarkable performances.

15. Brad Pitt -The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Brad Pitt -The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Brad Pitt -The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

With the help of CGI's and make up Brad Pitt nearly shape-shifted in The Cruious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt and got nominated for the Best Actor in Academy Awards.

16. Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs (2011)

Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs (2011)
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs (2011)

Glenn Close played a woman disguising herself as a man and got nominated in Academy Awards for Best Actress.

17. Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There. (2007)

Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There. (2007)
Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There. (2007)

Cate Blanchett played Bob Dylan! She was brilliant as always.

18. Tom Hardy - Bronson (2008)

Tom Hardy - Bronson (2008)
Tom Hardy - Bronson (2008)

To play one of the most famous and violent prisoners of Britian Tom Hardy gained lots of weight and got totally ripped.

19. Edward Norton - American History X (1998)

Edward Norton - American History X (1998)
Edward Norton - American History X (1998)

Edward Norton played a Nazi sympathizer in American History X. Besides his hair and beard style his appearance was the same. Still it was not the Edward we used to see so it deserves some praise.

20. Dustin Hoffman - Tootsie (1982)

Dustin Hoffman - Tootsie (1982)
Dustin Hoffman - Tootsie (1982)

Veteran actor Dustin Hoffman played a woman named Dorothy Michaels and created an unforgettable performance. The role brought him a nomination in Academy Awards for Best Actor.

21. Claire Danes - Temple Grandin (2010)

Claire Danes - Temple Grandin (2010)
Claire Danes - Temple Grandin (2010)

Based on a true story Claire Danes was playing an autistic scientist. She won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series and Best Actress in a Television Series at Emmy's.

22. John Hurt - The Elephant Man (1980)

John Hurt - The Elephant Man (1980)
John Hurt - The Elephant Man (1980)

John Hurt played a patient diagnosed with multiple neurofibromatosis. Due to his make up to  he was completely unrecognizable.

23. Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight (2008)

Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight (2008)
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight (2008)

With his legendary performance for Batman's Joker Heath Ledger created a memorable character for cinema history. Unfortunately he committed suicide while The Dark Knight was in process of editing. Joker brought him the Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

24. Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Jared Leto played a transperson for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. His performance was highly acclaimed and he won the Academy Awards for the best supporting Actor.

Jared Leto - Mr. Nobody (2009)

Jared Leto - Mr. Nobody (2009)
Jared Leto - Mr. Nobody (2009)

Jared Leto went through a lot of make up for the Mr. Nobody to play his character's different ages.

25. Sarah Snook - Predestination (2014)

Sarah Snook - Predestination (2014)
Sarah Snook - Predestination (2014)

Sarah Snook's appereance was constantly changing for the mind bending time-traveling drama Predestination.

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