12 Most Shocking Transformations For Movie Roles

  
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When it comes to memorable movie roles, and pure Oscar bait, there is no better vehicle than a character that transforms an actor into someone unrecognizable. We’ve compiled an impressive list of actors and actresses who took themselves “off,” and put other people “on” in order to bring that actor-truth to the screen. Some won Oscars for their roles, while others have yet to get their proper due for stellar work. Bottom line, there’s no denying the power packed in the punches of these characters. Here are the 12 most shocking transformations for movie roles.

12. John Travolta — Michael

John has put on several characters throughout his illustrious career, probably few as enjoyable as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever and Staying Alive, though Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction) comes in a close second. That said, there is still a role that he enjoyed in the mid-1990s–after Pulp Fiction–in which he played a very interesting version of the angel, Michael. In the film named after the titular character, John Travolta served to fulfill purpose in this flick, and he did so by scrapping every idea of an angelic presence from the plate, and building off a foundation of fat. He was a sugar addicted, chain smoking, womanizing fatty. A rom-com dandy.

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11. Cameron Diaz — Being John Malkovich

When you sign up to star in a film directed by Spike Jonze, there is no telling what he might ask you to do. For Cameron Diaz, Spike did his best to scrub away her beauty for Being John Malkovich, the award winner penned by Charlie Kaufman. Cameron played Lotte Schwartz, and she was offered the world’s frizziest hair, frumpiest wardrobe and coolest snaggletooth. Beyond describing her aesthetic, we’ll say nothing else about this film. It’s a must see. Indie gold. Cameron is also at her best in this role, playing the stuff we’d love to see her do more often. She is fearless when the cameras are rolling, but when reliant on the care and guidance of an auteur like Spike Jonze, she can be guided toward some outstanding choices and relations. Her chemistry with John Cusack and Catherine Keener was off the charts.

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