Movie magic makes us see many amazing things. It suspends our disbelief to get us to watch stories about aliens, superheroes, and wizards. Thanks to costumes, makeup, and CGI movies can make any actor completely unrecognizable like in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But we forget that it also tricks us into believing strange things, including the idea that every actor is tall.
Perhaps it’s because we watch them do their work on large screens. But it also could be because directors purposely have made certain short actors appear taller. So which actors are actually much shorter than they look on camera? These 10 look pretty different in real life.
1. Tom Cruise
Everyone knows that the action star is considered short. He is 5’7″ but in his movies he is carefully posed to be taller than his much taller co-stars like Cameron Diaz, who is 5’9,” and Nicole Kidman, who is 5’11”. This can be achieved just through the perspective of how the scene is shot, shoe lifts, or also using a box.
The actor is interesting because he is still very successful, and audiences know they are being tricked about his height. There was backlash for him being casted as Jack Reacher who is written in Lee Child’s book to be 6’5″. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, devoted fans were threatening to boycott the movie. However, the movie was successful and got a sequel. In the movie they still did their tricks to make the lead actor look as tall as his 5’9″ co-star, Rosamund Pike.
2. Gillian Anderson
The actress plays some powerful characters on screen, most notably the character of Dana Scully on The X-Files. But what some fans probably don’t know is that she is 5’3″. This actually worked against the show because there was a 10-inch difference between her and her co-star, David Duchovny. So how exactly did they fix this?
The actress had to stand on an apple box or a wooden box so she can be in frame with her co-star. Some have later referred to this as the Scully Box. The actress also talked about it in interviews.
“I don’t have to stand on a box,” the actress told US Magazine. “Sometimes when we’re in a situation walking side by side, like up to a door to pull out our badges and say we’re from the FBI, I have to step up onto something so that we’re on the same level. I mean, I don’t walk on boxes or have boxes attached to my feet. It’s funny: Sometimes I forget I’m on the box. Like, I’ll have this very serious moment in a very serious scene and I’ll turn to the camera and fall right off the box.”
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