disfigured: movie & TV albinos

Top of the Lake
The Matrix
other movie & TV albinos

Disfiguring makeups: movie & TV albinos

As Vail Reese points Hollywood appears to have unwritten rules for albino characters, including that they are are usually evil and/or scary (eg The Da Vinci Code), and that they are very rarely played by actors or actresses with albinism. It is precisely because of the way albino characters are portrayed – and not because I believe that albinism is disfiguring – that they are included in this section.

Albinism is a congenital disorder characterised by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin. People with albinism can have anything from no pigment at all to almost normal levels, but most albinistic humans appear white or very pale. Their eyes are often pale blue, but there are cases in which the eyes of an albinistic person appear red or purple.