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Pretty stars who go gritty on film

While makeup artists and stylists are usually there to make stars look their best, sometimes roles call for their worst.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston showed off her dramatic side in the Golden Globe-nominated film "Cake." The 45-year-old went sans makeup (L) and it was "terrifying" to step out of her comfort zone, she said. "It was a terrifying, risky thing but I just said, 'You've got to try. At this point, who cares?

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Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer shaved half of her head to play "Hunger Games" character Cressida. We definitely prefer Dormer's long locks and beautiful gowns of her "Game of Thrones" character Margaery Tyrell.

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Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco shared a scary picture of herself covered in bruises. But have no fear, the photo was a screenshot of the actress from her upcoming 2015 film "Burning Bodhi." Click here for more photos of the "Big Bang Theory" actress.

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Lauren Cohan

Actress Lauren Cohan plays Maggie Greene on AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead." Typically covered in dirt and sweat on-screen, the actress glammed up for her shoot with GQ. Turns out Cohan is quite the British beauty! PHOTOS: 'Walking Dead' stars in real life.

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James Franco

James Franco debuted a terrifying new "do." The actor shaved his head for an upcoming role in "Zeroville," the film based on Steve Erickson's book of the same name. The creepy fake mustache he also debuted completed the less-than attractive look.

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Taylor Swift in 'Ew'

Swift showed off her geeky side in a skit for the "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon (C). The singer transformed into Natalie, a 14-year-old girl with a band aid collection. "My mom hasn't let me watch television since Miley Cyrus twerked," Swift's alter ego said. Watch the hilarious clip here.

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Taylor Lautner

Is that Taylor Lautner or a Robertson? The "Twilight" hunk looked anything but hunky in a still from his upcoming BBC Three comedy "Cuckoo" where he plays comedian Andy Samberg. Click here for more from Hollywoodlife.com.

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Sofia Vergara

Vergara shocked onlookers as the actress stepped out with disheveled hair, smudged lipstick and tatty sweats. This new look is far from Vergara's usual form-fitting clothes and blown-out hair. Fortunately, the star's scary look is merely for a scene for her hit show "Modern Family." Click here for more pictures of Sofia's less than flattering look.

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Emma Stone

It took a lot of work to turn the redheaded beauty into a frizzy mess for her role in "The Help." Thankfully, Stone appears to understand the benefits of a flat iron in real life.

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Ryan Reynolds

Usually we'd want to be anything but "Just Friends" with Ryan Reynolds. The normally chiseled star donned a fat suit for his role in the 2005 film.

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Emma Thompson

A prosthetic nose, fake teeth and several layers of makeup transformed the British actress into the unfortunate-looking Nanny McPhee. 

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Anne Hathaway

Before Anne's "The Princess Diaries" character underwent a royal makeover, she was frizzy to a fault. But the not-so-glamorous role still put her on the map.

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Mariah Carey

The sexy blonde bombshell went grungy, bare-faced brunette for her role as a social worker in 2009's "Precious."

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Cameron Diaz in "Annie"

Blonde beauty Cameron Diaz looked harsh for her role as Ms. Hannigan in the "Annie" remake.

Click here for more on Cameron

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Javier Bardem in "Skyfall"

Penelope Cruz's hubby was almost unrecognizable in the Bond film "Skyfall." The makeup was over the top and his contacts and lighter hair color were downright scary.

And this wasn't even the part when he took out his ... well we won't say in case you haven't seen it yet.

But he's not the only actor who has had to play down his natural good looks to play a part.

Click through for some more stars who had to spend lots of time in hair and makeup to look this bad.

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Matthew McConaughey in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

The usually buff actor lost almost 40-pounds to play Ron Woodruff, a hard-living man with HIV for the 2013 drama due out in December.

It's quite early, but Oscar buzz for McConaughey has already begun. 

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Jared Leto in 'Chapter 27'

Jared's boyish good looks are normally on display on screen, but he went practically incognito when he played Mark David Chapman in 2007. It was hard to believe that it was even him. 

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Christian Bale in 'The Machinist'

The Aussie actor had originally intended on losing close to 100 pounds for the 2004 role, but directors insisted that a 60-pound weight-loss was more than sufficient to portray the emaciated machinist.

(Reuters/Paramount Classics)

 

Charlize Theron

The first name that comes to mind when you think of gorgeous stars looking downright ugly for a part is Charlize Theron. She won an Academy Award for doing so in "Monster."

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Jon Heder

When Jon hit the screen as "Napoleon Dynamite" in 2004, audiences didn't really know that the man behind the frizz wasn't so bad.

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Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

The gorgeous blue-eyed blonde was unrecognizable with dark eyes and red frizzy hair in "Being John Malkovich."

(Reuters/USA Films)

Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Audiences are used to seeing one of People's Sexiest Men Alive as an action hero, but as a fat older dude? That was an adjustment when Matt starred in "The Informant!" (2009)

(Reuters/Warner Bros.)

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

The critically acclaimed actress looked gaunt and washed out in "The Hours."

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Russell Crowe

Russell went with grey hair and a beer gut to play a CIA officer in "Body of Lies." The fact that he was starring opposite heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio made him look even worse.

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Jessica Alba

The brunette stunner had to go with a "plain Jane" look for "An Invisible Sign" in 2010. Not surprisingly, even simple and understated looks good on her.

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Johnny Depp

It seems as though Johnny Depp has always played down his looks for his craft. It started back with "Edward Scissorhands" in 1990 and he put on the white makeup again for "Sweeney Todd"  in 2007.

(DreamWorks/Reuters)

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Tom Cruise

In one of his best roles of the last few years, Tom Cruise surprised audiences with a small bit in "Tropic Thunder" and stole the show. 

(DreamWorks/Reuters)

 

Pretty stars who go gritty on film

While makeup artists and stylists are usually there to make stars look their best, sometimes roles call for their worst.

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