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Top 10 Hidden Performances


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rhodaus
10:56, 11 October 2007
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You may have missed Andy Serkis Gollam (Lord of the Rings) Edward Norton King Baldwin (Kingdom of Heaven) ... Read More
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vicki-leigh
10:25, 11 October 2007
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Sorry, who is this person? I've seen the film but can't remember the details... ... Read More
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doncopey1
08:59, 11 October 2007
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L: Rockatanski seconded i thought it was poor he was l ... Read More
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Gimli The Dwarf
01:44, 11 October 2007
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L: arb303 How on earth can Andy Serkis not be in this list?!?!?! Not only GOLLUM but also King Kong?!? (not too worried about the second one but you the point...) Seriously he should be in the top few of this list! sp; It says why in the article.........e, CGI-assisted motion-capture performances cut no ice with us. Leaping around in a leotard against a green screen creates its own challenges and makes for often impressive results, but that's for another list. Doug Jones, therefore... Read More
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arb303
23:28, 10 October 2007
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How on earth can Andy Serkis not be in this list?!?!?! Not only GOLLUM but also King Kong?!? (not too worried about the second one but you the point...) Seriously he should be in the top few of this list! ... Read More
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Kilo_T_Mortal
22:03, 10 October 2007
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I felt Gimli was a huge disapointment in terms of conversion from the book, however it's a pretty grueling ride for Mr Davis. I assume Theron doesn't make the cut either? Yet Landau does? I'm not sure the criteria is well enough established. ... Read More
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jncorbett
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Ed Wood wasn't made in 1925 was it? ... Read More
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keir
21:21, 10 October 2007
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PsychoPriest, idiot, did you bother to read the explanation to the right? ... Read More
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Owen Williams explains his choices...

This list is about actors actually wearing make-up and body prosthetics: transformative works of art requiring gruelling hours in the make-up chair and even more gruelling hours on set, suffocating and sweating beneath the studio lights. Full animatronic head masks, for our purposes here, do not cut the mustard. If you can lift it off between scenes, it's not a prosthetic make-up. If it's not glued to your face, you don't make the cut. So step aside Kevin Peter Hall in Predator and anyone who ever wore a creation from Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

Likewise, CGI-assisted motion-capture performances cut no ice with us. Leaping around in a leotard against a green screen creates its own challenges and makes for often impressive results, but that's for another list. Doug Jones, therefore, gets in for the Faun rather than the Silver Surfer, and Andy Serkis' knockout turns as Gollum and Kong are left by the roadside. And you must spend the whole film transformed: gradual metamorphoses (Goldblum in The Fly) and partial running-times (Fiennes in The English Patient) are not permitted.

Acting from beneath layers of latex is a particular talent. This list is a tribute to ten of the actors who suffered most impressively for their art, and to the make-up artists who tortured them for money.

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This top ten first appeared in Empire Magazine Issue 216.


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