Creating the perfect portrayal of a serial killer is far from an easy task. Charlize Theron is one of the actresses that have done an outstanding job in this realm. Her efforts paid off and Theron won an Oscar for her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos. Apart from giving the performance of a lifetime, she also underwent one of the most shocking movie transformations.
It all started with a weight gain of 30 pounds but this was the smallest type of bodily change that Theron had to endure in order to get into the character.
Theron had her eyebrows bleached and partially shaven. Layers of washed off tattoo ink were placed on her skin to make it look older and neglected. Theron had to wear dentures that changed the shape of her mouth and her pronunciation completely.
If this was not enough, Theron also had her natural hair thinned to give a much better portrayal of a woman who killed seven men while she was working as a prostitute.
Makeup artist Toni G did a spectacular job in terms of making the beautiful actress look older, unkempt and frazzled. Apart from the ink used to age her skin, Theron was also given freckles through the art of makeup.
Finally, she spent hours watching documentaries about Wuornos in order to capture her mannerism in the most adequate manner. All of the effort paid off – audiences worldwide were stunned by what Theron and the makeup team had managed to achieve.
Theron said that she needed to endure all of these changes in order to understand what Wuornos was going through. The serial killer was plagued by body issues and Theron wanted to get to the same place for a more adequate portrayal of the character.