The 10 Best Actor Transformations

In “Looper,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt transmogrifies into his older self, played by Bruce Willis (that’s movie magic for you). Here are ten other actors who managed to surprise us onscreen with a totally different (and sometimes totally freaky!) new look. Be sure to check out JGL’s transformation into Bruce Willis in theaters on September 28.

1. Charlize Theron

The South African beauty packed on the weight and prosthetics to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.”

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The South African beauty packed on the weight and prosthetics to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.”

2. Andy Serkis

Serkis is the king of motion capture, which makes his critters like Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and good old Gollum especially eerie.

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Serkis is the king of motion capture, which makes his critters like Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and good old Gollum especially eerie.

3. Brad Pitt

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

4. John Hurt

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John Hurt looks unrecognizable in The Elephant Man.

5. Ron Perlman

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From Hellboy.

6. Doug Jones

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Pan’s Labyrinth.

7. Eric Bana

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Chopper.

8. Tom Hardy

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Star Trek: Nemesis.

9. Christian Bale

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The Fighter.

10. Robert De Niro

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Raging Bull.

11. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays the younger version of Bruce Willis in Looper.

12. The Official Trailer For “Looper”:

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