A raft of thespians really made the effort to become unrecognisable for roles in 2016, whether through over-eating (McConaughey), heavy prosthetics (Downton’s Dan Stevens for ‘Beauty and the Beast’) or simply just bad eyebrows (John Travolta in ‘The People Vs O.J. Simpson). Here are a few more of the best. Image credits: Reuters/Disney/Lionsgate/BBC/Associated Press/Cover Media/Warner/Universal/Deadline/Fox/Sony/Focus Features/FameFly/Instagram/AFP/FX/US Weekly/WENN/GC Images
Together, they probably have roughly the same IQ as clothes shop mannequins, which made Ben Stiller’s Derek Zoolander and Owen Wilson’s Hansel perfect for this stunt. The pair stopped traffic and drew crowds in Rome as they posed in the window of the swish Valentino store. Moves such as Le Tigre, Magnum and, of course, Blue Steel were very much in evidence.
A petition has been launched condemning ‘Zoolander 2’ for being transphobic and calling for the movie to be boycotted. The ire has been caused by Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, as unveiled in the first trailer for the sequel, released last week. It featured a barely recognisable Cumberbatch playing an androgynous model called All. In the online petition, creator Sarah Rose writes: “Cumberbatch’s character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals.