With the summer blockbuster season winding down, we here at The Jimbo List thought it appropriate to salute our favorite masked, made-up and CGI-ified men of cinema. Not just anyone can emote under a latex face, you know.
This guy is money in the bank. He was Elrond in the “Lord of the Rings” films and created an iconic bad guy as Agent Smith in the “Matrix” trilogy. Currently, he’s delivering the goods as Captain America’s nemesis, the Red Skull.
A modern master of make-up acting, Perlman won a big audience in the ’80s as the lion guy in TV’s “Beauty and the Beast.” These days, he’s the main event in the “Hellboy” movies.
Karloff remains a towering figure in movie history. As the Frankenstein monster and again in the Mummy movies, he was stunningly creepy. But it was his control of his own features – the sunken eyes, the set of his jaw – that gave those performances an extra dimension.
The only true leading man in this group, Depp isn’t just a pretty face. He’s willing to don a crazy wig and buck teeth as Willy Wonka, don another crazy wig and regalia as the Mad Hatter and sport cutting-edge fingers as “Edward Scissorhands.”
One of my favorites. From crazy-coiffed Doc Brown in the “Back to the Future” movies, to Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family” flicks, Lloyd is great to watch. He also made a damn fine Klingon.
First and foremost, the dude looked good in fangs. He revitalized Dracula in the Hammer Studios vampire films. More recently, he grew out his air to play bad wizard Saruman in the Lord of he Rings movies and wielded a mean lightsaber in the Star Wars prequels.
What a range. He can play a cold British bureaucrat one moment, then shift into high gear as an octopus-faced scalawag in a “Pirates of the Caribbean” flick. Here’s the thing, though. Despite the CGI completely obscuring his features, you can tell it’s him in there. He was an impressive vampire, as well, in the “Underworld” series.
It all starts with Mr. Chaney, though. Known as “The Man of A Thousand Faces,” Chaney transformed his appearance for each film he did. One of his greatest roles was “The Phantom of the Opera.”
So, those are my picks. What are yours?