Automatic prestige afforded to big name actors who gain weight, wear weird unflattering prosthetics, or otherwise make themselves ugly for a role, regardless of the actual quality of the performance.
Charlize Theron in Monster, Kate Winslet as the old lady in Titanic, Nicole Kidman in The Hours, Salma Hayek in Frida, etc. Also disturbing is the fact that I can only think of female examples...like "OMG, she is SUCH a good actress that she's even willing to NOT BE PRETTY." (Often quickly followed by "Did you see how thick her arms were on the red carpet this year? What a fashion don't!")
Just wanted to point out that Kate Winslet didn't play the old lady in Titanic. The older Rose was played by Gloria Stuart. But I agree with the rest.
— Budgyrl posted 9/18/2009
Sorry but I didn't think Salma Hayek as Frida Khalo was ugly, probably because Frida Khalo wasn't ugly.
— Acacia posted 9/18/2009
Jack Nicholson did it for "Hoffa." I haven't seen the movie, so can't comment on the performance.
— Lorraine posted 10/3/2009
Christian Bale lost a mess of weight for "The Machinist" and most of what you heard about that movie was how "OMG! He lost SOOOO much weight!"
— kimk posted 10/4/2009
Yeah, Gloria Stuart played the old lady, not Kate W. And again yeah, Frida was a beautiful woman, despite her unibrow. And how does slapping on a unibrow make Salma portray an "ugly" role?
— EDM34321 posted 10/14/2009
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