Hollywood stars love to shock audiences. Proving they’re capable of wild transformations is a sure-fire way to make it onto every casting director’s dream list. It’s not easy to stay at the top, so stars are constantly thinking of new ideas to reinvent themselves. This might require transforming their guarded image so drastically that even their own mother won’t recognize them – and not just throwing on any old wig to fool undiscerning audiences.
Over the years the big screen has witnessed some true commitment from huge stars: Natalie Portman shaving her head to star in V for Vendetta, Christian Bale slimming down to a dangerous 110 pounds for The Machinist and Tom Hardy gaining 50 lbs of pure muscle to become Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. These are just a few huge names who really got stuck into becoming their characters both emotionally and physically. You can’t deny their dedication.
Why go through all this when gracing the screen in their natural form can still mean a huge pay day? Often, it’s because the critical acclaim and Oscar glory that comes along hand-in-hand with the transformation can be extremely rewarding. Take a note out of Charlize Theron‘s book who was unrecognisable as serial killer Aileen Wuornos, her hair and make-up dilapidated, but the pay off was the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2003.
Audiences love nothing more than watching their favourite stars reappear as someone completely new, and 2015 has plenty of surprises in store. The following are ten actors this year that will have viewers gasping in their cinema seats, asking “are you absolutely sure that’s him?”…