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Old 09-09-2019, 07:28 PM
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Favorite tv/movie appearances by a well known celebrity who hid their identity well


Tom Cruise on Tropic Thunder and Johnny Depp in Tusk are two of my favorites where a well known celebrity hid their identity pretty well with voices, prosthetics and makeup, to the point where I wouldn't have guessed who they were.

Any other good examples.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:40 PM
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Matt Damon in Deadpool 2 takes the cake for me. Even after I knew which role he played I had to really look at him before it clicked.
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A whole bunch of A listers in The List of Adrian Messenger

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Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein.
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Michael Jackson and Dustin Hoffman in the Simpsons.

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Jim Carrey cameoed in Liar, Liar, his own movie. He appears as Firemarshall Bill in the background of an ambulance scene.
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Robert Downey Jr as the corpse of Sid Shattuck in The Nice Guys.
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Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson in Hot Fuzz

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In the Doctor Who series, "Time-Flight," Anthony Ainley -- who had played the Master several times at that point -- was unrecognizable in the first episode and was billed as "Leon Ny Taiy" to hide the reveal.
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Glenn Close in Hook. She played the bearded pirate who got put into the Boo Box.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar in Doctor Horrible. She's in the audience next to the 3 Captain Hammer fans during the shelter dedication. Wearing sunglasses. At night.
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George Clooney voiced the character of Sparky, the gay dog on Southpark. I believed he just barked IIRC.
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Dick Van Dyke as Mr Dawes Sr in Mary Poppins. The unscrambling anagram in the final credits suggests that his well disguised second role was intentionally a trick on the viewer.

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Michael Jackson....

They didn't use their real names but you know it was them.
Parts were. For contractual reasons, Michael didn't sing in that episode.

Fun trivia note regarding that episode: it's the reason that FXX is now lying every time they say "Every Simpsons Ever." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stark_...om_circulation
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Matt Damon in Deadpool 2 takes the cake for me. Even after I knew which role he played I had to really look at him before it clicked.
Also Brad Pitt as Vanisher. You only see him when he meets his demise.
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Glenn Close in Hook. She played the bearded pirate who got put into the Boo Box.
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Robert Downey Jr as the corpse of Sid Shattuck in The Nice Guys.
Kevin Costner as the the corpse of Alex in The Big Chill.
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Costner was hardly well-known at the time.
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Jon Cryer played an old man in one episode of Two and a Half Men. It took hours to make him up, and the scenes where he and Alan interacted were shot separately and then composited by computer. I was fooled 110%!
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Matt Damon in Deadpool 2 takes the cake for me. Even after I knew which role he played I had to really look at him before it clicked.
His cameo in Thor: Ragnarok was the same.
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His cameo in Thor: Ragnarok was the same.
He has made an art out of this. Another role is Matt as a singer in the movie Eurotrip singing "Scotty Doesn't Know"
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Yul Brynner in The Magic Christian (with Roman Polanski).

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Simon Pegg as Unkar Plutt in The Force Awakens.
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Mike Myers in Bohemian Rhapsody. I saw his name in the opening credits, but it was only near the end when I asked myself when he was going to appear. And, then, the penny dropped.
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Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein.
I was gonna make espresso, and say that.
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Charlton Heston as an elderly ape, in the first of the new Planet of the Apes movies.
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Guillermo del Toro as Pappy McPoyle.

Not quite a secret or anything, but Hugo Weaving is not shy about avoiding face time as an A lister in V for Vendetta and Captain America.
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His cameo in Thor: Ragnarok was the same.
Odin was Sam Neill, and Thor was Luke Hemsworth.
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Tom Cruise on Tropic Thunder and Johnny Depp in Tusk are two of my favorites where a well known celebrity hid their identity pretty well with voices, prosthetics and makeup, to the point where I wouldn't have guessed who they were.

Any other good examples.
I didn't recognize Cruise in Tropic Thunder, but I did (sort of) recognize his voice; I kept going, "I know that voice, but who is that?"

Roll credits, and...
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Jodie Foster wasn't wearing elaborate makeup but to me was still almost unrecognizable as a dowdy French housewife - speaking perfect French, which she can IRL - in the WWI drama A Very Long Engagement.
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Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder was one of the first two examples I thought of. The other was Heath Ledger as the Joker.
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Simon Pegg as Unkar Plutt in The Force Awakens.
I'd mention George Lucas in Revenge of the Sith, but I'd be lying if I said that I've ever noticed his character, even knowing he's in there and what he looks like.
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Halle Berry made up as a man in Cloud Atlas.
I was probably the only person who didn't immediately recognise Robert Culp's voice as the villain in Half Life 2.
More of a C list actor, but as a fan of Doctor Who you think I would have recognized Sylvester McCoy as Radaghast in The Hobbit.
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He has made an art out of this. Another role is Matt as a singer in the movie Eurotrip singing "Scotty Doesn't Know"
When I think of Matt Damon that's the first thing I think of, but he wasn't disguised.
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Not quite a secret or anything, but Hugo Weaving is not shy about avoiding face time as an A lister in V for Vendetta and Captain America.
V for Vendetta, I'll grant you, but he was his recognizable self throughout the first half of Captain America.
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Michael Caine in Sleuth. I don't want to spoil it, but if you've seen the movie you know what I'm talking about.
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V for Vendetta, I'll grant you, but he was his recognizable self throughout the first half of Captain America.
I'll have to watch it again, I only recall that he's only in the very beginning killing monks, and then briefly again before he reveals himself as a SuperNazi and betrays the regular Nazis. Vendetta of course is 100% masked or shadowed.
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In Kingdom of Heaven, whenever King Baldwin was onscreen, I kept thinking, "That voice is familiar. Who is that?" Then I watched the credits, and saw that it was Edward Norton. And I immediately visualized Kevin Spacey's face.
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