disguises: various 2010s movies & TV shows

Recent wig & makeup disguises

These are disguises from recent movies & TV shows that reply on a change wig/hairstyle, and different makeup. TVtropes would typically characterise these as either ‘Wig, Dress, Accent’ or – if less plausible – as a ‘Paper-Thin Disguise’.

Some of them are good but often they leave you with a belief problem: why didn’t he notice she was wearing a wig when he ran his fingers through her hair? why didn’t her husband recognise her? This is not so much a criticism of the makeup as an indication of a basic problematic with the concept of disguise: a more complex makeup would often just beg a different set of questions.

The movies & TV shows

Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Maya (Jessica Chastain) is a CIA officer who is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden. At one point she adopts a disguise to conduct an interrogation. Daniel Parker was the key hair & makeup designer; Lesley Smith was the key hair stylist & makeup artist.

Wild Target (2010): A con woman Rose (Emily Blunt) picks the wrong mark, who hires a hit-man to express his dissatisfaction. But the middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, finds himself drawn to Rose and spares her life. There follows an unlikely series of events. Jan Sewell was the makeup & hair designer.