When you are playing one of the most notorious gangsters in recent history, a full transformation is necessary. This is what Tom Hardy did when he played the titular character in the movie “Capone.” Hardy is another fine example of an actor who will radically change his appearance for a role.
But it was makeup artist Audrey Doyle who really brought the character to life. Through her hard work, she was able to give Hardy a receding hairline, and facial scars, and even make his eyes look bloodshot. While the movie didn’t do so well critically, Hardy steals the show as usual.
Christian Bale Put on a Lot of Weight for "Vice"
The award-winning English actor Christian Bale has proven himself over the years to be one of Hollywood’s most extreme method actors. He is known for having an extreme body-change regime for every role he takes. Films like "The Machinist" and "The Fighter" come to mind.
His role as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, in the film "Vice," included Bale making his biggest weight change yet. Apparently, he ate a lot of pies to help put on 40 kg to reach the 100 kg mark. “It was more fun gaining the weight than losing it,” he said at the world premiere.
Nicole Kidman Completely Changed Her Nose for "The Hours"
It's miraculous the difference a prosthetic nose can make. When actress Nicole Kidman donned the famous Virginia Woolf snout in the film "The Hours," she was instantly transformed into the famous writer. There was also quite a bit of makeup and the perfect wardrobe. Kidman is totally blonde and has a very different-looking nose, as we all know.
The brilliant actress more or less maintains the same look throughout her movies, though this one was a real step in another direction. Truth be told, she has never had a more radical transformation for a role in her entire career.
Steve Carell Had Tons of Prosthetics for "Foxcatcher"
While it didn't win any Academy Awards, the critically acclaimed "Foxcatcher" was nominated for five of them at the 87th edition. Not only was Steve Carell nominated for Best Actor for his role as John du Pont. Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard were also nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, mainly because of the work they had done to bring Carell's eery character to life.
"I used a prosthetic that covered his eyebrows," Corso said. "Then I put pale, thin eyebrows on him." Lip and nose prosthetics were also applied. As you can see, the end results were pretty stunning.
Jared Leto Relied on Prosthetics for "House of Gucci"
Jared Leto is renowned for undergoing radical physical transformations for his role. And he did the same for his role as Paolo Gucci. While prosthetics certainly went a long way to completing Leto's transformation, he still worked hard to make the role his own.
Leto spent a fair amount of time in Italy to get into the role and worked hard to perfect his Italian accent. Leto commented on how the portrayal took a heavy toll. “I did it all," he said."I was snorting lines of arrabbiata sauce by the middle of this movie. I had olive oil for blood. This was a deep dive I did."