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The aging of actors:imagined vs. reality

Old 09-23-09, 04:59 PM
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The aging of actors:imagined vs. reality

So I'm watching an old Mission: Impossible last night. William Shatner was made up to look old. The make-up was completely different from that of the Star Trek where everyone is growing old. In both cases, although completely different, and believable approximations, were nowhere close to how Shatner actually aged. Got me thinking, has an actor ever been made up to look decades older and then decades later turned out to look just like he was made up?

The only one I could think of that comes close is Dick Van Dyke as the old head of the bank in Mary Poppins. And only because he grew a a similiar moustache which distracts from other differences.
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Re: The aging of actors:imagined vs. reality

this was pretty damned near close

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Funny you should ask--I was just rewatching Back to the Future a few nights ago and kept thinking that Crispin Glover as the 1985 version of George McFly (i.e. "aged" 25 years) looks pretty much exactly like Crispin Glover circa 2009. Granted, he was 21 at the time and was only "bumped" to mid-40s, but still...
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Max Von Sydow in The Exorcist. He ended up looking just like that! Even earlier in Bergman movies they would "age" him, and that was pretty accurate. He's a weird actor, virtually all his most famous roles are ones where he played someone not his age. So you'll see a movie from the 50's, 70's, and 00's and he looks the same.
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Yeah Max Von Sydow...

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Orson Welles' makeup in Citizen Kane looked a lot like Orson Welles in his later years. Had they given Charles Foster Kane a beard he'd look identical.
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William Shatner may not be such a good example anyway. The man is 78, and looks about 15-20 years younger.
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Can you post that Shatner pic?
And Brando in THE GODFATHER and THE FREASHMAN look about the same except the weight.
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William Shatner may not be such a good example anyway. The man is 78, and looks about 15-20 years younger.
Holy cow! Is he really that old? I guess I never really thought about it. He's just always been around and has looked pretty much the same for a long time.
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Robert De Niro in the future sequences at the end of Once Upon a Time in America
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Holy cow! Is he really that old? I guess I never really thought about it. He's just always been around and has looked pretty much the same for a long time.
Yep. Dick Clark may be the perennial teenager, but Shatner is the perennial middle-ager.
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Brando ended up looking like his godfather make up, but a lot fatter.
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Shatner looks pretty good for his age. If I didn't know he was 78 I would think he was maybe in his early 60's.
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Liar!! Shatner doesn't age ... time ages around him.
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this was pretty damned near close

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Robert De Niro in the future sequences at the end of Once Upon a Time in America
Aside from looking a little heavier, that makeup job turned out to be accurate.

(As far as the Actors-who-don't-age discussion goes)
Fred Williamson is also now in his 70's and hasn't changed a bit since From Dusk til Dawn.
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Debbie Reynolds in HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962). I don't have pictures to illustrate it, but my memory of her at the end of that movie and the last time I saw her in anything (HEAVEN AND EARTH by Oliver Stone, in 1993) seem to merge smoothly.
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Shatner doesn't look his age because of all that All Bran he eats.
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Re: The aging of actors:imagined vs. reality

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So I'm watching an old Mission: Impossible last night. William Shatner was made up to look old. The make-up was completely different from that of the Star Trek where everyone is growing old. In both cases, although completely different, and believable approximations, were nowhere close to how Shatner actually aged. Got me thinking, has an actor ever been made up to look decades older and then decades later turned out to look just like he was made up?

The only one I could think of that comes close is Dick Van Dyke as the old head of the bank in Mary Poppins. And only because he grew a a similiar moustache which distracts from other differences.
I just realized I remember watching that Mission Impossible episode when it first aired. Then realized you called it old only to figure out, holy shit I'm old too. on the Michael Jackson pictures.
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This thread really is worthless without pics to go with the ones you all are talking about.
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The picture of emanuel Lewis is hilarious. It's just webster with a mustach.
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The picture of emanuel Lewis is hilarious. It's just webster with a mustach.
That issue has lots of good stuff. A picture of the Chevy Citation for the year 2000. It will get 26 more mpg than the 1985 model! Who would have guessed that the price of gas would go so low that the best selling vechicle would be a gas-guzzling truck, and highways would once again be filled with land yachts?

A fantasy piece about how the president in the year 2000 would be Jesse Jackson and his vice president would be flip-talking Eddie Murphy. Ebony readers knew that no black man was going to be elected president.
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Ebony readers knew that no black man was going to be elected president.
They were right that no black man would be elected President around the year 2000.


I went lookin in that magazine for the "future cars" story and say an ad with Grace Jones in it...ugh.

There was also some fashion stuff in there that reminded me that 80's fashion was really, really bad.
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