Matt Damon's Physical Evolution

From 'Elysium' to 'Courage Under Fire,' the actor drastically changes his appearance for his memorable roles
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Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra
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'Behind the Candelabra'

When playing Liberace's lover Scott Thorson in this summer's Behind the Candelabra, Damon had to be Speedo-ready. The role of Thorson required the actor to tap into his inner chameleon, morphing from cornfed farm boy to a spray-tanned, plastic surgery-riddled pill addict. We all knew Damon could do All-American, but seeing him embrace the role of Liberace's kept lover was a brave and successful role for the dramatic actor. Damon gamely wore rhinestone Speedos and prosthetics that turned his face into a shell of what he once was. It seems like he had a lot of fun on Steven Soderbergh's film, but the role also shows the lengths he will go to portray a famed character.

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