Actors Who Changed Their Teeth for Movies

Hollywood can be a crazy place, many actors will change their physical appearance to get in character for a movie. Here is our list of actors who changed their teeth for movies.

Brad Pit- Fight Club

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For his role as Tyler Durden in David Fincher’s classic Fight Club, Brad Pitt tampered with his movie star good looks by removing the caps on his teeth for the role. The actor made this creative decision as he felt that his character wouldn’t have perfect chompers if he spent his free time-fighting strangers in a basement!

Boris Karloff- The Haunted Strangler

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The famed horror movie actor took his role as the monster in The Haunted Strangler so seriously that he removed his false teeth. He did this to achieve the gaunt, undead appearance of the film’s antagonist. His lips were then clamped with wire to enhance the terrifying appearance.

Ed Helms-The Hangover

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In the 2009 smash hit comedy, The Hangover Ed Helms’ character loses a tooth after taking a punch from the great Mike Tyson. In the film, he loses his tooth but in actuality, Helms pulled out a tooth implant that he already had in his mouth. Reports state that the crown was broken off, and the post unscrewed from the implant. Medical professionals fashioned a guard to the gum to stave off infection.

Johnny Depp- Pirates of the Caribbean

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For his role as the swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, Depp underwent extensive gold capping of his teeth. He held onto the gold caps until filming closed on Pirates 3 after which he endured the painful process of removing the caps.

Nicholas Cage- Birdy


As the wounded Vietnam vet, Al Columbato, Nicolas Cage had two teeth removed, without anesthesia to better his understanding of the character. The extraction of the actor’s baby teeth had been planned previously, but Cage scheduled the procedure to coincide with the shooting schedule. Talk about dedication!