The 9 Wildest Actress Makeup Transformations

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Helena Bonham Carter as Ari in 'Planet of the Apes 2001'
Helena Bonham Carter as Ari in 'Planet of the Apes 2001'
FameFlynet; 20th Century Fox
John Chambers makeup in the 1968 Planet of the Apes changed the special effects industry forever, turning Kim Hunter into a vaguely human beast with all the emotion of her untouched castmembers. Tim Burton tried to match the same otherworldly effect for his 2001 remake, putting his soon-to-be-(pri)mate Bonham Carter under the latex. It was only in Big Fish did we realize Burton's girlfriend wasn't part monkey.
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Angelina Jolie as a Male Aide in 'Salt'
Angelina Jolie as a Male Aide in 'Salt'
Apega/Wenn; Columbia Pictures
Jolie's spy character Salt is a master of disguise. She can wield a pair of pistols, but even more deadly is her arsenal of wigs. Late in the movie, Salt impersonates a White House aide and transforms herself into a man — who looks a lot like Jolie's real life brother James Haven. {Insert slightly uncomfortable kissing joke here.}
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Susan Sarandon as the Old Hag Witch in 'Enchanted'
Susan Sarandon as the Old Hag Witch in 'Enchanted'
FameFlynet; Walt Disney Pictures
Through the magic of makeup, the normally-stunning Sarandon was aged 200 years into a splitting image of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs witch. One aspect of the character that was pure Sarandon? The cackle.
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Marion Cotillard Edith Piaf in 'La Vie en Rose'
Marion Cotillard Edith Piaf in 'La Vie en Rose'
Lia Toby/Wenn; Picturehouse
Cotillard became a name everyone in the States knew after picking up an Oscar for her work as singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. Only thing is, no one really knew the real Cotillard, who was padded with makeup and give contact lenses to better resemble the unique-looking performer.
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Meryl Streep as an Old Rabbi in 'Angels in America'
Meryl Streep as an Old Rabbi in 'Angels in America'
FameFlynet; HBO
To those who think Meryl Streep can play any character: you are right. She proved it in Angels in America, when makeup wizards decked her out in fake wrinkles to play an elderly rabbi. Mazel tov, makeup team!
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Ricki Lake as The Ship Figurehead in 'Cabin Boy'
Ricki Lake as The Ship Figurehead in 'Cabin Boy'
Rex USA; Touchstone Pictures
Extended cameos come in all shapes and sizes, but Lake's appearance in Cabin Boy may be the strangest. The actress plays the ornament on Nathaniel Mayweather's (Chris Elliott) ship. Because if you have the budget to make Ricki Lake look like a piece of wooden art, wouldn't you?
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Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in 'The Hours'
Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in 'The Hours'
FameFlynet; Paramount Pictures
Many attribute Kidman's 2003 Oscar win for The Hours to her nose prosthetic. As if that's what makes a brilliant performance! That said, the nose is pretty fantastic and is probably the reason she won an Oscar.
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Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in 'Monster'
Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in 'Monster'
Lia Toby/Wenn; Newmarket Films
Wait, that was Charlize Theron?!?

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