1. Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Believe it or not, Heath Ledger actually designed the Joker’s cakey makeup in The Dark Night. The cheek scars, however, were the work of prosthetic. Source
2. John Matuszak, “The Goonies”
The Sloth’s facial deformities are made up of 15 layers of prosthetics and mechanical elements—and no, they weren’t dreamed up by Data. The result turned actor John Matuzak from man to monster. Source
3. Nicole Kidman, “The Hours”
What a difference a nose makes. Nicole Kidman became virtually unrecognizable in her role of Virginia Woolf all thanks to her prosthetic schnoz, so much so that a test audience didn’t even recognize her in an initial screening of the film. Source
4. Elijah Wood, “The Lord of the Rings”
Elijah Wood’s huge, hairy hobbit feet aren’t real, thank Bob. The cast and crew went through over 1,800 prosthetic footses to give Frodo that Shire look, even picking up a Guinness world record in the process. Source.
5. Johnny Depp, “Edward Scissorhands”
If you couldn’t tell Edward Scissorhand’s scissored hands were fake, you should probably lay off the drugs. The impressive metalwork as well as the accompanying faux facial scars got the crew a nomination for Best Makeup in ‘91. Source.
6. Marlon Brando, “The Godfather”
Don Vito Corleone’s famous distorted speech was the result of a little Hollywood trick. Marlon Brando stuffed prosthetics into his cheeks to puff up his lower face and get that intimidating mob boss accent.