What’s better than good acting? Good acting with visual effects! Have you ever wondered how characters like Gollum and the ones from Avatar were created? Check out the pictures below and be amazed!

Star Wars – Chewbacca, 1977

It’s obvious that technology wasn’t so advanced in 1977 as it is today, so Peter Mayhew had to wear a whole costume to give life to the famous Star Wars character Chewbacca.

Peter Mayhew

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes – Ceasar, 2011

Andy Serkis’ acting to portray an ape was just superb. He’s not just an incredible actor, he knows exactly how to create a memorable and unique character. This is why he appears on this list twice.


Lord of The Rings – Gollum, 2001

There’s a reason why Gollum is in first place at virtually every single list of computer-generated imagery. This CGI character is precious.


Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – Davy Jones, 2006

Bill Nighy is the actor behind the dreadful Davy Jones. Yes, the same actor from Love Actually. And the special effects are beautifully horrifying for this character because they used a mixture of fauna and flora to create Davy Jones and his cursed crew.

Bill Nighy

Avatar – Neytiri, 2009

Everybody remembers how successful Avatar was when it came out. It was no surprise it became the biggest Box Office movie of all time. And I bet a big part of it had to do with the special effects for the creation of the characters and the background.


Iron Man – Iron Man, 2008

This was the character that saved Robert Downey Jr.’s career. I don’t know why, but I always thought he actually wore that suit, but now that I think about it and see this picture it makes perfect sense.


The Dark Knight – Two-Face (Harvey Dent), 2008

Aaron Eckhart’s face after an explosion was so well done that made us all believe it was real. We’ve all had nightmares about this character, right?


The Avengers – Hulk, 2012

It’s hard to believe after seeing The Avengers that the Hulk was portrayed by a normal-sized person. This is how Mark Ruffalo shot the whole thing.