Thursday Movie Picks: Unrecognizable Actor Transformation

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
For this week, I’ll tell about some pretty awesome actor transformations. I haven’t seen any of the films yet, but they are waiting on my to-watch-list!

#1 Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There

Among several other famous actors like Heath Ledger and Richard Gere, Cate Blanchett made the transformation to Bob Dylan for the movie I’m Not There. She looks so much like Dylan, I can’t believe it!
This film is extremely promising, so I really hope I find the time to check it out soon-ish.

#2 Jared Leto in Chapter 27

For Chapter 27 musician/actor Jared Leto gained 30 kg to look like Mark David Chapman. You read that correctly: he gained the weight instead of donning a fatsuit.
The film is a bio-drama depicting the murder of John Lennon, with the title being a reference to J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. So much intriguing stuff there!

#3 David Harbour in Hellboy

You might know David Harbour as your beloved police chief from the show Stranger Things. However, you might not recognize him in Hellboy. Honestly, if I wouldn’t know that it’s him, I never would have realized it on my own.
The Hellboy films starring Ron Perlman were quite impressive, so I’m excited to see how the new take on the topic will fair.

What’s your favorite actor transformation? Let me know in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Unrecognizable Actor Transformation

  1. You chose three I haven’t seen yet. I’d never heard of Chapter 27 until today and yet this is the second time I’ve come across it. I’m Not There has been on my watchlist for a long time but I never seem to get around to it. Hellboy just isn’t my kind of film.

    I went with transformations that were achieved through makeup rather than the performer damaging themselves to achieve it. That sort of thing I find both unnerving and frankly stupid, no part is so important that you should put your health at risk for it.

    The Lost Moment (1947)-Publisher Lewis Venable (Robert Cummings) is desperate to acquire love letters between noted 19th century poet Jeffrey Ashton and Juliana Bordereau (Agnes Moorehead). Learning that Juliana is still alive at 105, Lewis arranges an introduction. Assuming the identity of a rich author, Lewis meets the now-blind Juliana, who allows him to rent rooms in her home. As Lewis’ searches for the letters he must contend with the resistance of Juliana’s great-niece, Tina (Susan Hayward) a tightly wound schizophrenic duel personality obsessed with Ashton. This slightly reworked version of Henry James The Aspern Papers isn’t for everyone, star Susan Hayward hated it and referred to it as The Lost Hour and a Half, but features a most impressive makeup job on Agnes Moorehead who though in her mid-forties is unrecognizable as the ancient Juliana.

    Mask (1985)-Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) a sweet-natured extremely bright teen suffers from Lionitis which caused his facial features to be deformed taking on the appearance of that beast. Thanks to his wild but tough and loving mother Rusty (Cher) and biker friends who see him for who he is Rocky doesn’t let his affliction get in the way. But the greater world is not so understanding, at least at first, and there are many obstacles to face. Based on a true story Stoltz is buried under mountains of prosthetics but manages to convey Rocky’s essence extremely well, matched every step of the way by Cher.

    Bettlejuice (1988)-Tim Burton’s wild ride of a movie tells the tale of Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) freshly dead in a car accident, finding themselves stuck haunting their country residence and unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia. Keaton done up in wild style is brash and inimitable.

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  2. Cate Blanchett as the electric Dylan was fucking perfect. She nailed it as it’s one of my all-time favorite films. Chapter 27 however is one of the worst films ever made. It showcases why method acting sucks and why Jared Leto showcases the worst elements of method acting as it’s just self-indulgent and showy of “look at me, I’m acting”. The film itself as a whole is just awful.

    I’m not sure if I want to see the new Hellboy as I have too much love and fondness for the previous films by Guillermo del Toro.

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