I knew it was Theron, but it certainly didn’t look like Theron. I was familiar with what Kelly looked like, and the woman on screen seemed to be something on the order of 95% of the way she indeed appears. The feeling most closely resembled a state known as Uncanny Valley.
We have two-time Oscar winner Kazu Hiro to thank for that. Hiro won his Oscars for his makeup and prosthetic work for 2017’s “Darkest Hour” and, of course, 2019’s “Bombshell.” Hiro is also known for his remarkable work on “Planet of the Apes,” “Benjamin Button,” and “Looper.”
In this video by Vanity Fair, Hiro breaks down his incredibly detailed and meticulous process of using special effects to transform an actor’s physical appearance. He also demonstrates the specific techniques he used to transform “Bombshell” actors Charlize Theron into Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman into Gretchen Carlson, and John Lithgow into Roger Ailes. The results are both stunning and inspiring, garnering a heightened sense of appreciation for the value that professionals such as Hiro lend to a film production.