1. WARWICK DAVIS AS WICKET W. WARRICK
Interestingly, Davis was only 17 years old when he played the title role in Willow. Although he had to take lessons in sword fighting and horseback riding to prepare for the fantasy film, Davis later said that the toughest part of the role was learning how to act like a parent to his infant co-star. He said on the DVD commentary, “I had to learn parenting skills, which taught me how to hold a baby correctly, how to feed a baby, and worst of all, how to change a nappy, or diaper.”
2. Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect
I must admit, when this one popped up on my feed I had to do a double take to make sure it wasn’t Anna Kendrick.
3. Angelina Jolie
And the makeup Oscar goes to…..
4. Adrien Brody gave up everything to simulate the feeling of loss to prepare for his role in The Pianist
Adrien Brody went through literal hell of a makeup surgery to prepare for his role in The Pianist. He lost 12 kilos for the role, gave up his cell phone, his car and his apartment.And when I say gave up I mean he sold every one of those things. Oh yeah, he broke up with his long-term girlfriend too. So the next time you see the scene where he is crying like he has lost everything in the world in the movie, he meant that. Adrien Brody remains the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor at 29 years of age.
It’s really hard to come to terms with the fact that those horns aren’t real and are totally painted on. Good job, Chantalpaints!
6. CAROLL SPINNEY AS BIG BIRD AND OSCAR THE GROUCH
Spinney has been the man behind Sesame Street’s most iconic resident since the show’s first episode aired in 1969. Although Big Bird is 8’2”, Spinney isn’t as towering as many of the other actors on this list; he’s only 5’10”. Spinney has played Big Bird in the White House for a number of Presidents (his only complaint from these gigs is that Nancy Reagan was rude), and he’s also played another signature Sesame Street role: Oscar the Grouch.
7. Robert DeNiro did really badass things for his preparation of his signature roles in Taxi Driver and The Raging Bull
Robert Deniro is a certified badass. During his golden age when he acted in Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and The Goodfellas, he pulled some a really awesome bag of method acting tricks.
For Taxi Driver, he actually got himself a fake and illegal licence that he used to drive people around in New York city at night. He also got into the character of boxer Jake LaMotta for the movie Raging Bull. He practised boxing so viciously that he even broke LaMotta’s ribs and teeth while sparring with him.
Then he put on more than 20 kilos of fat right after he got ripped and in shape for the same fricking movie!
’80s babies unite.
9. THE DEATH STAR
Not a makeup look for your face exactly, but what’s the point of having a bun in the oven if you can’t have fun with it? See, Helen gets it.
10. FELIX SILLA AS COUSIN ITT
Previously a circus performer, Silla came to Hollywood with a hefty bag of tricks. He joined the cast of The Addams Family as the hairy Cousin Itt in 1965. The character addition was invented by the show producer David Levy. Although a highly recognizable character, he only appeared in 17 episodes of the show’s original run.