15 Actors Behind Famous Movie Characters That Are Hard to Recognize

In the movie industry, actors often look much different on film than they do in real life. They cut and dye their hair, gain or lose weight, and spend many hours with makeup artists every day to transform into someone else. The magic of Hollywood is that actors look so convincing in their roles that we forget that these people we see on the screen don’t actually exist in real life. And sometimes it may leave us in shock when we find out how actors who played our favorite characters look in person.

Here at Bright Side, we’ve collected some of the most impressive actor transformations from some of your favorite films.

1. Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy films) — Karen Gillan

For the role of this villain, Nebula, Karen Gillan shaved her head and had to spend many hours with makeup artists every day of shooting to get transformed into the character. What’s interesting is that no CGI (computer-generated imagery) was used to turn her into Nebula — professional makeup artists did all the work!

2. Mystique (X-Men films) — Rebecca Romijn

Rebecca Romijn is not only an actress but also a professional model. Her makeup for the role of Mystique covered 60% of her body and took a crazy 9 hours for makeup artists to apply everything. Rebecca’s look for the movie was also kept in secret so she had to sit in a dark room during the breaks.

3. Emperor Haban Limaï (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) — Aymeline Valade

French model Aymeline Valade has a specific, sophisticated appearance. No wonder she performed in the role of such a beautiful planet race. It’s unbelievable how unrecognizable she is in the movie.

4. Tia Dalma (Pirates of the Caribbean films) — Naomie Harris

We suspect that all the Pirates of the Caribbean fans remember the charismatic voodoo-practicing Tia Dalma. And it’s absolutely incredible how different Naomie Harris, who played her in the movie, looks in person. And what’s even more amazing is her performance — Tia Dalma is a very specific character, a natural witch with notable body language. She’s a perfectly rounded out character and completely different from the actress.

5. Gimli (The Lord of the Rings films) — John Rhys-Davies

Now we know that if you want to look different, you just need to grow a beard and dye it red! But it’s also the actor’s talent and charisma that helped the all-smiling John to become the combative Gimli.

6. Enchantress (Suicide Squad) — Cara Delevingne

Famous model and actress Cara Delevingne played the main antagonist in the well-known Suicide Squad. Her mysterious look of the Enchantress is very eye-catching, but she definitely looks very different from her true self. To get into character, Cara wandered naked through the woods near her home in England and howled at the moon to feel one with nature. Sounds crazy, but it worked pretty well.

7. Darth Maul (Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace) — Ray Park

Honestly, we had no idea that such simple face paint could make a person unrecognizable. The secret is that paint can visually change facial shapes, and hide or highlight something — and the power of it is right in front of you!

8. Jaylah (Star Trek: Beyond) — Sofia Boutella

French actress Sofia Boutella is also not easily recognized with white hair, wider eyes and lack of brows in her role of Jaylah. Not only does she look different, but she also acts differently from the other characters we know her as.

9. Joker (The Dark Knight) — Heath Ledger

Heath seems to be one of the luckiest actors — his makeup job took less than one hour, and he claimed that it always felt like he wasn’t wearing it at all. But not only did he look like Joker, but he also behaved like him, and the makeup is partly to thank for this. For example, Joker’s habit of licking his lips was developed by the actor to prevent his makeup from coming off his face.

10. Griphook (Harry Potter films) — Warwick Davis

It’s absolutely impossible to recognize Warwick Davis in his role of Goblin Griphook in the Harry Potter franchise. His makeup, as it usually does, consisted of several different pieces and its application took anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours every day starting at 4 AM.

11. Marlene McFly (Back to The Future: Part II) — Michael J. Fox

Marty McFly wasn’t the only character Michael played in the trilogy. Another character is Marty’s daughter, Marlene from the second movie. We always thought she looked kind of weird and now we know why!

12. Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) — Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara had to make many changes in herself for her most famous role of Lisbeth. She lost some weight, cut and dyed her hair, got many piercings and became a completely different person.

13. Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road) — Charlize Theron

We don’t know what exactly makes Charlize so unrecognizable — a shaved head, dirt, old clothes or her left arm made by CGI — probably everything in total! But she’s definitely different and absolutely stunning in her role of Furiosa.

14. Auggie (Wonder) — Jacob Tremblay

It’s hard to recognize the smiling and absolutely healthy Jacob behind the unconfident and closed-off Auggie who suffered from Treacher Collins syndrome. To get into character, Jacob and his family visited kids with the same syndrome Auggie had. To look the way he had to, he spent an hour and a half with makeup artists. As a result, his performance was very touching and heartwarming.

15. LaVona (I, Tonya) — Allison Janney

Allison Janney played the role of the harsh mother of famous ice-skater, Tonya Harding and her transformation is very impressive! Janney’s performance was approved both by audiences and critics, and she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film which only took her 8 days to film.

Which actors amazed and surprised you with their transformations? Tell us in the comments.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-people/15-actors-behind-famous-movie-characters-that-are-hard-to-recognize-660510/

A Russian Girl Transforms Herself Into Famous Characters, and We Can’t Believe Our Eyes

A 22-year-old Russian artist, Ksenia Perova, started doing cosplay in 2014. Since that time, she’s been bringing her favorite movie characters to life by using her own unique features along with profound artistic skills. Due to Ksenia’s hard work, each of her transformations makes her look like she’s stepped right off the screen and into our reality.

Bright Side gathered 22 examples of the most impressive Ksenia cosplays that are so realistic, you probably won’t believe your eyes.

22. Mavis from Hotel Transylvania

21. Victoria from Corpse Bride

20. Frodo from The Lord of the Rings

19. Clara Oswald from Doctor Who

18. Elsa from Ralph Breaks the Internet

17. Alita from Alita: Battle Angel

16. Wednesday from The Addams Family

15. Laura Kinney from X-Men: Evolution

14. Belle from Beauty and the Beast

13. Andromeda Black from Harry Potter

12. Arya Stark from Game of Thrones

11. Rogue from X-Men: Evolution

10. Snow White from Ralph Breaks the Internet

9. Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy

8. Daria from Beavis and Butt-Head

7. Wendy from Gravity Falls

6. Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter

5. Mulan

4. Kim Possible

3. Ellie from The Last of Us

2. Catwoman

1. Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite

Which of Ksenia’s cosplays do you like the most? Share your opinions with us in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/creativity-art/a-russian-girl-transforms-herself-into-famous-characters-and-we-cant-believe-our-eyes-653260/

15 Famous & Historical Icons Who Are Shockingly Shorter Than You Thought


Everyone knows television adds 10 pounds, but it also might add about a foot in height, too. After all, how many times have you watched an actor in a movie and was shocked to discover they were only 5’7″ (ahem, Tom Cruise, ahem)? Famous folks, from actors to athletes, might look like towering figures on screen, but in real life they can be surprisingly short. Below, a few noted individuals that are even shorter than Tom.


Kit Harington


Bruno Mars


Lil’ Wayne


Kendrick Lamar


Simone Biles


Lily-Rose Depp


Jada Pinkett-Smith


Martin Scorsese


Mark Zuckerberg


Jeff Bezos


Vladimir Putin




Bruce Lee


Martin Luther King Jr.


Ludwig van Beethoven

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/11/27/Iz_DdEy/short-celebrities

What 15 Famous Fictional Characters Would Look Like If They Were Real

Cartoons are a big part of each kid’s and even adult’s life. We live through the emotions the characters of our favorite cartoons have and even quote their words in our everyday life. And each of us has probably wondered what our favorite heroes would look like in real life.

Bright Side decided to make a compilation of photos and artwork that can give us an approximate understanding of how some cartoon characters would look in real life. Whether they are ordinary people, celebrities, or someone’s art, all the characters of our article seem to be living embodiments of fictional heroes. Pokémon fans, don’t miss our bonus at the end!

Mr. Spacely from The Jetsons

Merida from Brave

Pocahontas from Pocahontas

Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians

Grandmother from Tweety

Scruffy from Futurama

Cartman from South Park

Consuela the maid from Family Guy

Mary Katherine from Epic

Linda Belcher from Bob’s Burgers

Andy from Toy Story

Elsa from Frozen

Bonus: Here’s how live incarnations of Pokémon would look




Which of these examples of resemblance do you find the most precise? Please tell us about it in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/what-15-famous-fictional-characters-would-look-like-if-they-were-real-650860/

15 Backstage Facts About Famous Movies Most Viewers Don’t Know About

A regular viewer will never even realize half of what is happening on the set of famous movies. What do you think the creators of The Matrix were inspired by when they came up with the green running symbols on the screen? Or what irreversible thing did Kurt Russell do on the set of The Hateful Eight?

Bright Side has learned some backstage secrets of Hollywood movies and wants to share them with you right now.

  • In Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts was completely against taking part in nude scenes. But the director of the movie found a way out and in some scenes, Julia was replaced by professional dancer Shelley Michelle. More than that, on the poster of the movie, we are actually seeing only Julia’s head, the rest of her body belongs to her stunt double. By the way, on the poster, Richard Gere has brown hair and in the movie, it’s already grey.
  • In Titanic, the shooting of a rather small scene at dinner on the first class deck took almost 2 days. The thing is, there were a lot of important details in the episode, a lot of close-up shots, glances, and short lines. On the second day, the actors started making faces and laughing and Leonardo DiCaprio looked at the utensils and asked Kathy Bates if she knew which of the forks was used for a lobotomy.
  • Do you remember the scene with chest hair removal from The 40-Year-Old-Virgin? Steve Carell had to experience this procedure for real. The director thought that the emotions at this moment had to be real: he shot the scene in one take using 5 cameras at once to make sure everything worked the way it should.
  • In order to show one of The Hangover characters lose his tooth, the creators didn’t have to use really complex makeup techniques. For some reason, Ed Helms never had that one tooth, so in certain scenes, he just had to remove his implant.
  • How was it possible that Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, the first Guy Ritchie movie done by a director nobody knew back then, managed to get the worldwide famous singer Sting? The wife of the singer Trudie Styler is the head of a production agency. Once, Trudie saw a short movie called The Hard Case. She loved it so much that she risked investing her money into shooting a full movie and even managed to convince her husband to take part in the future movie. This was how Sting appeared in the small but memorable role as the bar owner and father of the main character. And this movie made Guy Ritchie one of the most famous directors of our modern day.
  • In Inside Out, the creators left an interesting Easter Egg: all the characters have the same eye color as their emotions except for Joy and Sadness: they both have blue eyes. By doing this, the creators wanted to highlight the fact that Joy and Sadness always go together.
  • The director of The Shining, Stanley Kubrick, was famous for being a perfectionist. So, instead of the 17 weeks he planned to spend shooting the movie, he ended up spending 51 weeks. For example, the dialogue scene between Shelley Duvall and Jack Nicholson was shot 127 times, and in order to shoot the “Here’s Johnny” scene, they only needed 3 days and 60 doors.

    By the way, in order to shoot this scene, they used special light doors that Jack Nicholson (who used to work as a firefighter) broke way too easily. So, for the next takes, they had to get heavier and more sturdy doors.

  • In the movie Unthinkable, the creators decided to not overcomplicate things in order to show how to defuse a bomb under pressure: in the movie, they used Microsoft Excel to do it. Amazing!
  • In one of his interviews, the production and concept designer of The Matrix, Simon Whiteley, revealed his inspiration for creating the famous green lines of code on the screens. It was simple: he used the Japanese hieroglyphics from his wife’s cook books.
  • In one of the scenes of The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russel’s character breaks a guitar. The Martin Museum offered a rare guitar that was made in 1870 especially for this scene and there were several replicas made. It was assumed that there would be a replica used in the scene and that Russel wouldn’t break the original. But something went wrong and the actor was not warned about the value of this guitar. So, during shooting he, according to the script, completely destroyed the guitar. As a result, the museum said they would never lend out any more guitars for shooting any more movies.
  • In Shawshank Redemption, it took 9 hours to shoot the first conversation between Andy and Red. During this time, actor Morgan Freeman just kept playing with the ball and never complained even once, but the next day he came in with a bandaged arm. And this scene was not the only one that required a lot of takes.

    The director of the movie wasn’t great at explaining exactly what he didn’t like, so there was a lot of arguing on the set. During one of these arguments, Freeman said he would not do second takes without an explanation.

  • In the opening scene of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, you can see Voldemort’s snake Nagini moving on the logo of Warner Bros. Pictures. It was done for a reason: the snake appears in one of the first scenes of the movie.
  • The artist Margaret Keane, who the movie Big Eyes is about, was in one of its scenes. She portrayed a woman sitting on a bench and reading a book behind the back of the main character. You can see the photo where the actress Amy Adams and the artist are together right at the end of the move, before the main credits.
  • The budget of Dallas Buyers Club was relatively small. For example, there was only $250 for the makeup during the entire shooting process. What is more interesting is that Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, who worked as makeup artists on the set, received an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
  • In The Greatest Showman, there is an interesting Easter Egg in the opening credits. We can see a picture of Wolverine’s claws. The main character in this movie was portrayed by Hugh Jackman — the best Wolverine ever.

Do you know any backstage stories about famous movies? Tell us in the comment section below.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-films/15-backstage-facts-about-famous-movies-most-viewers-dont-know-about-644310/

13 Celebs Who Were Lurking in the Background of Your Fave Films Before They Were Famous


The path to stardom isn’t always instant. For many actors, they had to start small, and by small I mean taking no-line roles where they silently stood in the background. Hey, they had to start somewhere, right? Below, all the times big stars played extras before they were famous.


Brad Pitt


Jason Segel


Meghan Markle


Renée Zellweger


John Hamm


Kristen Stewart


George Clooney


Alexis Bledel


Megan Fox


Leonardo DiCaprio


Julianne Hough


Jack Black


Steve Carell

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/11/02/Qn5d4/celebrity-cameos-before-fame

All the Times Famous People Proved Their Biggest Critics Wrong


The path to fame isn’t easy, and for many celebs, that path was paved with loud critics who doubted their aspirations. From being told they’re not talented to dealing with major career rejections, these famous folks went on to be successful despite their haters.


Lady Gaga


Meryl Streep


JK Rowling




Gisele Bündchen


Harrison Ford


Taylor Swift


Arnold Schwarzenegger


Brad Pitt


Walt Disney


Elvis Presley


Stephen King

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/10/29/Z13LCVt/celebrities-critics-wrong

What 8 Famous People Who’ve Been Hiding Their Faces Look Like

Being successful as a musician also means creating a good stage image. Whether it’s a weird looking mask, outrageous make-up, or a dazzling costume, it makes the persona more recognizable. These props add a little touch of a mystery to attract more attention and spark the interest among fans. But everybody wants to know what happens if we remove this scenic “armor” and try to see who lives behind it.

We at Bright Side decided to find it out and collected 8 photos of famous people in real life without their masks.

8. Mike Candys

Just like many famous musicians, DJ Mike Candys is famous for his mask. With this giant yellow helmet, he looks like a living emoji. Mike Candys’ real name is Michael Kull. The music producer and DJ is 37 and he comes from Switzerland. He gained a lot of popularity with his remixes and was even in the European top charts for a long time.

Mike doesn’t want to just create music, but an entire show. His emoji helmet helps him when performing and entertaining his audience. The first concepts of the stage mask were dragon heads, but Mike decided to simplify everything and came up with this smiling emoji.

More info here.

7. Daft Punk

This music duo was formed in the early 90s in France. Their real names are Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. It might be surprising, but these guys hadn’t always had their helmets on. At the very beginning of their career they performed and appeared on TV without any costumes.

The first masks appeared in the late 90’s during their shows in France. Soon their stage image was developed and masks were substituted with futuristic helmets and classy suits. Nowadays it’s really hard to find their present photos without the “armor” since they come to any event very well-dressed and in full disguise. But in 2014 photographers managed to catch them on camera in the airport, after the musical couple came home from The Grammy Awards.

More info here.

6. Slipknot

Slipknot wear their masks to drive public attention away from themselves and onto their music. “It’s our way of becoming more intimate with the music,” comments the vocalist. The idea of covering their face was brought up by one of the group members who would often bring a mask to rehearsals. The concept was developed further and soon matching costumes were added to their stage image.

Slipknot managed to keep their faces hidden for many years. As the band’s popularity grew rapidly, band members identities were eventually revealed. Their names are: Sid Wilson (keyboards), Alessandro Venturella (bass), Jay Weinberg (drums), Chris Fehn (percussion), Jim Root (lead guitar), Craig Jones (keyboards / lead guitar), Shawn Crahan (percussion / backing vocals), Mick Thomson (rhythm guitar), and Corey Taylor (vocals).

More info here.

5. deadmau5

Deadmau5, a famous DJ from Canada with his collection of mouse masks in different styles, colors and sizes, can’t be left unnoticed. His music nickname was inspired by the body of a frozen mouse that he found in a computer he’d constructed. He created a helmet to support the name, and it became an essential accessory in his image.

The persona behind this customized huge mask is Joel Zimmerman. The huge tattoos related to video games and anime leave no doubts. Moreover, this DJ doesn’t mind removing the mask in many of his music videos.

More info here.

4. Cazzette

This Swedish DJ duo brought the fashion for enormous helmets to a whole new level. Much more like their stage name, they wear giant cassettes on their heads with winding circles as the eyes. This smart self-presentation attracts even more fans and interest to these musicians.

Their names are Alexander Björklund and Sebastian Furrer. In 2011 the DJs gave their first performance in Sweden. After reaching the top of the charts in their homeland they started to play worldwide, sharing their music with their fans on a global scale.

More info here.

3. Marshmello

If we even mention the words “overnight sensation” then it’s obviously about Marshmello. A few years back this talented guy, with a giant eye-catching marshmallow mask, launched onto the music scene gaining an incredible amount of fame very quickly. He has created a mystery about his real identity and this ignites the audience to want to get to know him even more.

There have been a lot of fake reveals by Marshmello himself: once he turned out to be Will Ferrell, another time — Shawn Mendes. Yet Marshmello’s real identity is Christopher Comstock aka DJ Dotcom. Both have the same names, birth dates, tattoo management, and identical music styles.
Also, in 2015 Skrillex had an interview with ’Yahoo!’ when his phone rang, and the voice said: “It’s Chris,” “Oh, Marshmello” — Skrillex responded.

More info here and here.

2. Banksy

Banksy is one of the world’s most controversial artists. His striking graffiti has turned the world of art upside-down. The problems he illustrates in his work draw a lot of public attention and leave no one indifferent. However, after 20 years on the graffiti scene, his identity still remains unknown.

After years of wrong guessing, most of his fans believe right now — Banksy is Robin Gunningham. A picture of him with some graffiti supplies right beside his graffiti “Boy of a Lifebuoy” surfaced. All the doubts were completely dispelled a long time ago when Banksy revealed his “shredding prank.” During the general panic and excitement someone managed to take a photo of the artist filming the shredding.

More info here and here.

1. Buckethead

Talented multi-musician Buckethead is probably the most mysterious public persona nowadays. He is known for performing on stage while wearing a white theater mask and a bucket on his head. Buckethead tells fans his official creepy story: he was raised by chickens and one day the chickens scratched his face off, but it didn’t really matter to him. That just meant he got to wear a mask everyday like on Halloween. Now Buckethead travels the world giving huge performances and informing the public about the terrible things people do to his feathered-friends in fast-food restaurants around the world.

The real name of this “chicken-guy” is Brian Patrick Carroll. When asked about his mask by MTV News, Buckethead simply replied, “There is no mask.” The Internet is full of fake photos and reveals of Buckethead’s real face, but since he is so secretive, no one has actually ever seen him without his mask.

More info here.

Did we mention your favorite celebrity? Did their looks meet your expectations? Let us know in the comment section!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-people/what-8-famous-people-whove-been-hiding-their-faces-look-like-634910/

20 Celebs Who Made Awkward Appearances in Music Videos Before They Were Famous


They might be A-list celebs now, but they all started somewhere, and for many of them, that “somewhere” was in a cheesy music video. From cameos to awkward background dancing, these stars prove that, hey, a paycheck’s a paycheck.


Kim Kardashian was in Fall Out Boy’s ‘Thnks fr th Mmrs”


Kim Kardashian (again) in Christina Milian’s “Dip It Low”


Nicole Richie in Tamia’s “So Into You”


RuPaul in The B-52’s “Love Shack”


Jennifer Lawrence in Parachute’s “The Mess I Made”


Channing Tatum in Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs”


Drake in Trey Songz’s “Wonder Woman”


Hugh Laurie in Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass”


Angelina Jolie in Meat Loaf’s “Rock´N´Roll Dreams Come Through”


Elijah Wood in Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl”


Matt LeBlanc in Alanis Morissette’s “Walk Away”


Jason Statham in The Shamen’s “Comin On”


Zooey Deschanel in Offspring’s “She’s Got Issues”


Norman Reedus in Björk’s “Violently Happy”


Don Cheadle in Angela Wingush’s “It’s The Real Thing”


Aaron Paul in Korn’s “Thoughtless”


Eva Mendes in Will Smith’s “Miami”


P.Diddy in Father MC’s “Treat Them Like They Want to be Treated”


Christina Hendricks in Everclear’s “One Hit Wonder”


Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key in “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “White & Nerdy”

Source : https://undefined/entertainment/2018/10/15/Z23mErA/celebrities-music-videos-before-famous

These Celebs Who Stalked Their Famous Crushes Are Creepily Just Like Us


It’s every fangirl’s fantasy. But while most of us have to make do with only marrying Michael B. Jordan in our heads, some lucky individuals have made their dreams reality. Thanks to social media, stalking is easier than ever, and with everyone obsessively pursuing their celebrity crushes, some have had more success than others. Below, a few people who stalked their famous crush and, surprisingly, weren’t turned over to the police.


Justin Beiber and Hailey Baldwin


Kanye West and Kim Kardashian


Kate Middleton and Prince William


Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet


LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian


John Krasinski and Emily Blunt


Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale


Joel Creasey and Jack Stratton-Smith


Jake T. Austin and Danielle Ceasar

Source : https://undefined/entertainment/2018/10/12/psYyP/stalking-celebrity-crush