Theron — whose film Young Adult, directed by Jason Reitman, will open on Friday in central Ohio theaters — qualifies as a star with an almost Marilyn-like glamour, and yet she goes about her work like a character actress.
From one movie to the next, she seldom looks the same — and not just in the films for which she has obviously transformed herself.
To play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for example, she gained 40 pounds, shaved her eyebrows and wore prosthetic teeth.
A better example: the more recent In the Valley of Elah (2007), in
which she portrays a no-nonsense police detective.
Her brown hair (her natural color, not the blinding platinum that has become her trademark) is pulled back, she wears little or no makeup, and her face isn’t recognized for a minute or two.
So, in Young Adult, she plays Mavis Gary, one of the more unlikable protagonists in years.
The movie isn’t like Monster, but the character is monstrous in her
way and in some respects even less sympathetic than Wuornos.
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