When Male Makeup Transformations Go Horribly Wrong

  • Leonardo DiCaprio

  • John Travolta

  • Roddy McDowell and Co.

  • Martin Lawrence

  • John Hurt

  • Dustin Hoffman

  • Eddie Murphy

  • Jeff Goldblum

  • Marlon Brando

  • Tom Cruise

Movie makeup can be an awesome thing. Remember the jaw-droppingly realistic transformation Charlize Theron went through to become oily-haired, acne-plagued serial killer Ariel Wuornos in Monster? What about Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button, or Heath Ledger’s Joker? When done right, the combination of artful makeup and prosthetics can truly perform miracles of visual trickery. It’s movie magic at it’s finest!

But when it comes to movie transformations, there’s a fine line between genius and hilarity. And more often than not, actors end up looking goofy, with crude, doughy prosthetics or sloppy grease paint. The result? A totally distracting face that can take you out of the moment (see: Jeff Goldblum’s pustule-infested skin in The Fly or John Travolta’s creepily too-realistic makeup job in Hairspray).

Check out the most surreal, offensive, and downright wrong onscreen male makeup transformations of all time.

Learn more about how long it took to turn Travolta into Hairspray’s Edna Turnblad, below.

[Photo: Warner Bros.]