Gary Oldman before and after his make-up for the 2001 movie Hannibal
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The News Minute | September 23, 2014 | 05:45 pm IST 

The 2001 Hollywood crime thriller movie Hannibal saw Gary Oldman playing the part of Mason Verger, a quadriplegic, facially-disfigured child rapist. 

Oldman's character needed prosthetic makeup and for many it was difficult to recognise him in the film. A report in The Guardian quotes Olman's make-up artist Greg Cannom as saying,  "I knew we could get away with more with him than some other actor. The first thing he said was, 'Can we stretch my eye open?' " No lips, no cheeks, no eyelids. "It's really disgusting." "I've been showing people pictures [of Oldman as Verger], and they all just say, 'Oh my God,' and walk away, which makes me very happy."

Oldman's name was completely removed from the billing and credits of the film. In an interview to UK IGN in 2001, Oldman said "I'm playing the man with no face. So we just had a bit of fun with it. We thought it would be great. The man with no face and no name, and sort of do it anonymously."

A picture recently uploaded by an user on Imgur shows the various stages of makeup Oldman had to undergo to look like Mason Verger.

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