Jan 25 2012

Behind the Movie Masks and Make-up

Published by at 10:00 am under Images,Movies

Apologies for not knowing who first compiled this extremely elaborate picture collection, but I first saw it on reddit, and figure you all would enjoy it.

Often we don’t appreciate enough the transformations in film created by make-up artists and costume designers. And sometimes we don’t even know who is underneath all that make-up, metal or plastic. This gallery shows some of the most famous icons in cinema, and their real-world alter egos. Some are obvious, but I wager some you’ve never seen before. Who knew Darth Vader was such a hunk?

Check out the full gallery below:

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15 responses so far

15 Responses to “Behind the Movie Masks and Make-up”

  1. Berton 25 Jan 2012 at 11:10 am

    The Predator and Harry were the same dude?

  2. Blake Shrapnelon 25 Jan 2012 at 11:39 am

    I think you’re forgetting one:



  3. Timon 25 Jan 2012 at 11:56 am

    That guy who plays Chewbacca is weird.

  4. MattChion 25 Jan 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Exactly what I thought!

  5. Dzuksion 25 Jan 2012 at 12:25 pm


    Yup. They were played by great Kevin Peter Hall who unfortunately died in 1991 because of AIDS, AIDS, which he contracted through a blood transfusion.

    He also played the chopper pilot at the end of Predator 1

  6. Jim Laheyon 25 Jan 2012 at 1:27 pm

    You could have at least put Eddie Murphy from The Nutty Professor, not freaking Norbit!

  7. Guy Incognituson 25 Jan 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Zoe Saldana doesn’t belong. No mask, no make-up. Completely digital.

  8. b-rockon 25 Jan 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Doug Jones was not only the creature in Pans Labrynth but also Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Billy the Zombie in Hocus Pocus

  9. krs michaelon 26 Jan 2012 at 12:43 am

    The guy who plays Michael Myers looks like Adam Sandler in his SNL days.

  10. wevson 26 Jan 2012 at 12:51 am

    I am quite intrigued by Fantomas’ addition to the list. I thought he was too foreign for you Yanks.

  11. Mike aka MonolithTMAon 26 Jan 2012 at 7:32 am

    Should also include Tim Curry and his Labyrinth getup, Robert Picardo as
    Meg Mucklebones from the same movie, and Ted Raimi as Possessed Henrietta from Evil Dead II.

  12. Javieron 27 Jan 2012 at 9:25 pm

    holy shit! Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) looks a lot like an old Ty Burrell (Phil from Modern Family)

  13. Amyon 29 Apr 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I was told that the Matrix guy (sorry, I don’t know his name lol) played the voice of V. Another guy did the moves, but passed away half way through the movie, or something…

  14. Alaricon 29 Apr 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Could’ve had Quentin Tarentino as the crazy blind priest from Little Nicky.

  15. Kiton 07 Jun 2013 at 7:20 pm

    @Mike aka MonolithTMA – do you mean Tim Curry in Legend? He wasn’t in Labyrinth??

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