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Movie Makeovers

It’s the lead-up to Oscars week and to celebrate, Simmons Mattress Gallery is posting three film related blogs.

Everyone knows the physical manifestations that occur when we miss essential hours on the mattress Vancouver streets are full of busy professionals who have neglected their eight hours. The signs: red eyes with dark shadows beneath, colourless facial tones, lack of proper posture and irrational irritability.

But in the movies, it’s often the work of a trained makeup artist that transforms a beautiful face into a haggard, sleep deprived, sunken eyed workaholic.

Here is a list of Simmons Mattress Gallery’s top five movie make-up transformations:

5. Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort in the Harry Potter series

Barely recognizable as the new ‘M’ in Skyfall, the make-up team for Harry Potter removed Fiennes masculine lines and replaced them with a featureless face, void of hair or a proper nose. Voldemort may have been missing for years, but he certainly didn’t spend his time catching up on rest.

4. Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La vie en Rose

For Marion Cotillard’s transformation, the artists brought back the star’s hair line, removed her eye brows and accentuated her eyes. The ‘Little Sparrow’ took flight and Cotillard was able to depict her life from a young teen to a middle-aged woman.

3. Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Mark Coulier was responsible for Meryl Streeps physical transformation for her role as Margaret Thatcher. The star was in make-up for two-and-half hours each day before filming. The transformation included false cheekbones, a silicone nose, dentures and elastics on her wrists to swell her veins.

2. Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button in the Curious Case of Benjamin Button

We can just imagine the initial discussion between David Fincher and his makeup team: “So we want to portray Pitt as an eighty year-old baby. You think you can do that. Good. Then we’ll need you to make him an eighty year-old child. Oh… and scattering of years in between. And yes, it’s Brad Pitt, one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. Good luck.”

1. Charlize Theron as Aileen in Monster

With the actors above, you could always see a trace of their original features. The makeup and performances were incredible, but you knew who was behind the prosthetics and coverup. In Monster, the illusion was so complete, that without being told it was Charlize Theron, audiences would never have guessed that the actress was the same beauty seen alongside Keanu Reeves in the Devil’s Advocate years earlier. Beauty removed, Charlize became one of the most hatable antiheroes ever in American cinema.

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