Some Male Actors Have Changed A Whoooole Lot Since Their Early Movie Days, And Here Are 26 Solid Transformations To Prove It

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If you're anything like me, then you love searching for A+ glow-up pictures in pop culture history, especially when it comes to famous actors in Hollywood. They only get better with age since they first debuted on the movie scene!

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So, without further ado, here are some of the best movie glow-ups from famous men in Hollywood.

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Tom Holland looked like as Lucas in The Impossible (2012):

Holland wearing a tank top in "The Impossible"
Warner Bros. Pictures

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Tom Holland looks like as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021):

Holland in his Spider-Man costume
Marvel

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Michael B. Jordan looked like as Jamal in Hardball (2001):

Jordan as a kid, wearing a baseball cap
Paramount Pictures

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Michael B. Jordan looks like as Charles Monroe King in A Journal for Jordan (2021):

Jordan in surgical scrubs
Sony Pictures Releasing

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Ryan Reynolds looked like as Ganesh/Jeffrey in Ordinary Magic (1993):

A very young Reynolds in "Ordinary Magic"
Ontario Film Development Corporation

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Ryan Reynolds looks like as Guy in Free Guy (2021):

Reynolds waking up in bed in pajamas
20th Century Studios

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Robert Downey Jr. looked like as Puppy in Pound (1970):

Young Robert Downey Jr. as a kid talking to someone in a jail cell
United Aritsts

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Robert Downey Jr. looks like as Dr. John Dolittle in Dolittle (2020):

Downey Jr. on a ship with two scars on his face
Universal Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Samuel L. Jackson looked like as "gang member number two" in Ragtime (1981):

Samuel L. Jackson wearing a matching three-piece suit, leaning against a fence with his hand on his hip
Paramount Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Samuel L. Jackson looks like as Darius Kincaid in Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021):

Samuel L. Jackson about to shoot someone with a gun
Lionsgate / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Keanu Reeves looked like as Matt in River's Edge (1986):

Keanu Reeves wearing a jean/leather jacket, sitting in a field
Island Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Keanu Reeves looks like as Neo in The Matrix Resurrections (2021):

Reeves pointing to himself in the mirror in "The Matrix Resurrections"
Warner Bros. Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Bradley Cooper looked like as Ben in Wet Hot American Summer (2001):

Bradley Cooper wearing a Lacoste collared shirt
USA Films

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Bradley Cooper looks like as Stan Carlisle in Nightmare Alley (2021):

Cooper wearing a tux, mustache, ready to perform a magical act
Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collecrtion

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Harrison Ford looked like as a bellhop in Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1968):

Ford holding a note as a bellhop
Columbia Pictures

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Harrison Ford looks like as John Thornton in The Call of the Wild (2020):

Ford wearing a worn-out shirt and grey beard
20th Century Studios / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Oscar Isaac looked like as Francesco in All About the Benjamins (2002):

Oscar Isaac with a goatee beard, wearing a tank top and sunglasses on top of his head
New Line Cinema

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Oscar Isaac looks like as Duke Leto Atreides in Dune (2021):

Oscar Isaac with long hair, a long beard, and wearing silver armor
Warner Bros. / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Jonah Hill looked like as Bret in I Heart Huckabees (2004):

Hill sitting down and eating a meal
Fox Searchlight Pictures

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Jonah Hill looks like as Jason Orlean in Don't Look Up (2021):

Hill sitting with his legs crossed in a suit and tie
Netflix

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Kumail Nanjiani looked like as Simon in Life as We Know It (2010):

Nanjiani wearing a headset in a control booth
Warner Bros. Pictures

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Kumail Nanjiani looks like as Kingo in Eternals (2021):

Nanjiani wearing Bollywood costume in "Eternals"
Marvel

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Andrew Garfield looked like as Jack Burridge in Boy A (2007):

Garfield wearing a hoodie
The Weinstein Company / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Andrew Garfield looks like as Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick... Boom! (2021):

Garfield wearing a sweatshirt while directing a song
Netflix / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Idris Elba looked like as Grégoire in Beautiful Mother (1999):

Elba in a sauna
Pathé Distribution

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Idris Elba looks like as Rufus Buck in The Harder They Fall (2021):

Elba sitting down in a buttoned-down shirt and black vest
Netflix

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Denzel Washington looked like as Roger Porter in Carbon Copy (1981):

Denzel Washington leaning against a door while wearing jeans, a light jacket, and sunglasses
Embassy Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Denzel Washington looks like as Deputy Sheriff Joe Deke in The Little Things (2021):

Denzel Washington wearing a white t-shirt while standing in front of images of potential suspects
Warner Bros. / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Adam Driver looked like as Walter Lyle in J. Edgar (2011):

Driver wearing a cap and bowtie
Warner Bros. Pictures

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Adam Driver looks like as Maurizio Gucci in House of Gucci (2021):

Driver posing with Lady Gaga in "House of Gucci"
MGM / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Mahershala Ali looked like as Tizzy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008):

Ali wearing a hat, glasses, and a suit and tie out on the porch
Paramount Pictures

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Mahershala Ali looks like as Cameron/Jack in Swan Song (2021):

Ali wearing a jacket and hoodie in the woods
Apple TV+ / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Dev Patel looked like as Jamal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire (2008):

Dev Patel making a surprised face while confetti falls all around him
Fox Searchlight / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Dev Patel looks like as Gawain in The Green Knight (2021):

Dev Patel with long hair, a beard, standing next to a horse looking scruffy
A24 / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Adam Sandler looked like as Schecky Moskowitz in Going Overboard (1989):

Sandler on a boat in a sailor's uniform
TriMark Pictures

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Adam Sander looks like as Hubie Dubois in Hubie Halloween (2020):

Sandler with a mustache, watching something mysterious on Halloween night
Netflix / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Eddie Murphy looked like as Reggie Hammond in 48 Hrs. (1982):

Eddie Murphy in a suit, leaning against a brick wall
Paramount Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Eddie Murphy looks like as King Akeem Joffer in Coming 2 America (2021):

Eddie Murphy wearing a colorful blazer, a crown, and rings
Amazon / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Joaquin Phoenix looked like as Danny in Russkies (1987):

Phoenix talking on the phone
New Century Vista Film Company / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Joaquin Phoenix looks like as Johnny in C'mon C'mon (2021):

Phoenix staring at a laptop computer screen
A24 / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson looked like as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns (2001):

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with long hair while wearing fighting gear
Universal Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson looks like as John Hartley in Red Notice (2021):

Johnson wearing a leather jacket in "Red Notice"
Netflix / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Will Smith looked like as Tea Cake Walters in Made in America (1993):

Will Smith wearing glasses, leaning on a table with a stack of books
Warner Bros. / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Will Smith looks like as Richard Williams in King Richard (2021):

Smith wearing a tennis jacket and a tennis bag over his shoulder
Warner Bros. Pictures

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Daniel Radcliffe looked like as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001):

Daniel Radcliffe wearing round glasses while in a Hogwarts school uniform, writing
Warner Bros. / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Daniel Radcliffe looks like as Tim Jenkin in Escape From Pretoria (2020):

Daniel Radcliffe with long hair, a beard, oversized glasses, while sweating in a shirt
Momentum Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Daniel Kaluuya looked like as Reece in Shoot the Messenger (2006):

Daniel Kaluuya wearing athletic clothes, pretending to be a student
BBC Two

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Daniel Kaluuya looks like as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah (2021):

Daniel Kaluuya wearing a black beret hat and army-like jacket
Warner Bros. / Courtesy of Everett Collection

EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Leonardo DiCaprio looked like as Toby Wolff in This Boy's Life (1993):

A young Leonardo DiCaprio with a '50s style hairdo
Warner Bros. Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Leonardo DiCaprio looks like as Dr. Randall Mindy in Don't Look Up (2021):

DiCaprio wearing glasses and a beard
Netflix / Courtesy of Everett Collection

And EARLY MOVIE ROLE: What Brad Pitt looked like as Rick in The Dark Side of the Sun (1988):

Pitt smirking while wearing a collared shirt
Avala Film

LATEST MOVIE ROLE: What Brad Pitt looks like as Roy McBride in Ad Astra (2019):

Pitt wearing a space suit
20th Century Fox / Courtesy of Everett Collection

Which famous actor in Hollywood do *you* think has changed the most since their early movie days? Let us know in the comments below!

Agatha from "WandaVision" sitting in a director's chair, looking into the camera
Marvel / Disney+
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