Memorable Prosthetics In Movies

As we rummage to find more ridiculous topics for this site, I had a great one presented to me the other day in a car ride.  You guys remember good ‘ole Madison don’t you?  Well just because he’s not writing for the site anymore doesn’t mean he doesn’t have suggestions.

Madison told me to list out awesome prosthetics in movies and so here you go buddy!

Marlon Brando’s Cheeks in The Godfather


One of the most famous prosthetics in the history of film can’t actually be seen on screen: it’s stuffed inside Marlon Brando’s mouth. No, not a Big Mac. It’s a dental prosthetic designed especially for the actor, and which he uses throughout the film to facilitate both a vocal and physical transformation into Don Vito Corleone. So now you know. It wasn’t just great acting. It were these little balls in his cheeks!

Steve Martin’s Nose in Roxanne


As befits the non-tragic tone of the movie, the nose is too openly silly-looking to make Martin look ugly, though it does look unwieldy, especially in a shot where a bird perches on it and in a scene where Darryl Hannah slaps his face

Mark Wahlberg’s You Know in Boogie Nights


You kind of knew you were going to see it but were sort of hoping you wouldn’t right? Obviously we won’t be showing the “member” on this site but for those of you who saw the movie, you are all well aware it was something most of us dudes envy. Thank God it was only for a couple of seconds.

Dustin Hoffman’s Hook in Hook


It’s a classic in cinema history.  We’ve seen it in cartoons and we saw it in Spielberg’s Hook.  Fun movie.  Fun acting.   Awesome prosthetic.

Andreas Katsulas’s Arm in The Fugitive


The entire movie was based around Richard Kimble finding the one armed man.  And you see that flashback where he snapped the arm right off his assailant.  It’s kind of cool how you see the whole plot unfold and it’s all based around a fake arm.

Will Smith’s Arm in iRobot and Denzel’s in Virtuosity


They don’t really make a huge thing of it during both movies.  It’s kind of assumed that with the technology in these movie periods that prosthetics of this magnitude are normal.   It’s pretty cool how Will Smith slides down that badass computer at the end though.

Johnny Depp’s Scissor Hands in Edward Scissorhands


Probably the most famous fake hands in any movie ever.

Leonard Nemoy’s Ears in Star Trek


You didn’t think I’d leave those out did you?

Candyman’s Hook


What an underrate scary movie this was.  “Helen!”


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