As makeup techniques get more advanced — and actors seem more willing to fuss with their physique to get a role — performers hiding in plain sight under the skin of their characters is becoming more common. Here are 20 of the most impressive we've seen, done practically only (no computer-generated looks here)
As the godfather of independent film, Jim Jarmusch has spent the past three decades chronicling the lonely existences of those who scrape along at the fringes of society, from haunted artists to would-be geniuses. In Jarmusch films likeStranger Than Paradise (1984) and Ghost Dog (1999), the director’s lost-soul characters walk through desolate landscapes, in search of an outlet for all they feel. So it was inevitable then that the filmmaker would find his way to a vampire story; after all, it’s a genre in which vital, creative wanderers are driven into society’s shadows. In this year’s Only Lovers Left Alive, Jarmusch takes a moody, atmospheric look at these creatures, presenting them as society’s natural artists.
In a field fairly crowded with talented actors with chameleon-like abilities, few have the skills to so physically inhabit their roles like Tilda Swinton — a gift she uses to great effect in a new movie. In the genre-bending thriller Snowpiercer, the Oscar winner — wearing an impressive set of false chompers — plays a no-nonsense bureaucrat on a massive globe-spanning train that carries the only survivors of a world plunged into a new ice age. Yahoo Movies recently sat down with Swinton to talk about her work on Snowpiercer and the fun she has playing a wide range of roles. Next one, we’ll work together.” And then he wrote to me a few weeks later and said, “Now here’s a crazy idea, what about that Minister Mason?” — who still is written as a mild-mannered man in a suit.
The film tells the comedic tale of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton are in negotiations to join George Clooney and Josh Brolin in Hail, Caesar!, the Hollywood-set period comedy being made byJoel and Ethan Coen. The Coens are producing under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Working Title Films’ Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan. Universal is distributing the movie.
We’ve spent the last six months debating whether it would be “12 Years a Slave” or “Gravity” that would bring home the gold come Oscar night. (In the end,it was… both! ) Now that the Academy is done honoring 2013’s best, it’s the perfect time to get started on looking at which of this year’s films will be contenders at the 2015 Oscars. Keep an eye out for these buzzy 2014 releases so you don’t have to play catch-up come nomination time next winter.