We are, at times, blissfully naive about our favorite actors. It’s easy, when watching someone perform brilliantly onscreen, to imagine that they sprang forth fully formed, talents intact. And yet… this new Flavorwire video on the 2015 Oscar nominees by Jason Bailey indicates otherwise. Exhibit A: Julianne Moore in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990). Exhibit B: Michael Keaton, on the show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1977). Exhibit C: Patricia Arquette on the show thirtysomething (1990). And the list goes on. Robert Duvall, Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley… All of these actors had to start somewhere–and it’s fascinating to watch the transformation-in-reverse in this video.
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