20 actors who underwent incredible transformations for a role

Famous actors are often associated with their multi-million dollar paychecks, but we forget that it's not easy to literally take on another person’s appearance and personality. Physically they may be cast to play a character that's younger, older, attractive, ugly, fat, thin, alien, robotic... Apart from pushing their acting skills to the limit, they also have to spend hours being transformed by talented make-up artists and costume designers if they're going to pull off their role and impress movie theater audiences.

Here are 20 actors who were completely transformed for a role - would you have recognized them if you hadn't seen their name in the credits?

1. Karen Gillan played Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy

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2. Tilda Swinton made up as Madame Blanc in Suspiria

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3. Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik in The Machinist

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4. Oscar Isaac played Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse

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5. Hugh Grant made up as Chef Kona in the movie Cloud Atlas

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6. Tom Cruise as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder

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7. Chris Hemsworth is unrecognizable as Owen Chase in In the Heart of the Sea

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8. Johnny Depp made up as Whitey Bulger in Strictly Criminal

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9. Carice van Houten as the Red Priestess Melisandre in Game of Thrones

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10. Cate Blanchett as the homeless man in Manifesto

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11. Gary Oldman incarnates Dracula in the famous remake of this horror classic

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12. Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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13. Doug Jones played the faun in Pan's Labyrinth

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14. Ryan Reynolds had to kiss goodbye to his good looks for his role in Deadpool

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15. Jared Leto as Nemo in the movie Mr Nobody

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16. Ron Perlman was completely transformed for Hellboy 

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17. Vanessa Hudgens as the homeless Agnes 'Apple' Bailey for Gimme Shelter

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18. Hugo Weaving as Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger

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19. Meryl Streep as a Rabbi in the miniseries Angels in America 

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20. Eddie Murphy played 4 characters in Coming to America, including the barbershop customer Saul

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