Movie Flashback: Nine Years Ago Audiences Saw the Ugly Side of Charlize Theron
12.26.12 by Chris
Charlize Theron proved the theory that if you want to win an Oscar you gotta get a little
Sometimes being too pretty can be a bad thing. Charlize Theron is one of the world's most beautiful women. Don't just take our word for it; Esquire named her the most beautiful woman alive in 2008. But it took Theron covering her beautiful face with prosthetics for audiences and critics to take her as a serious actress.
Theron played serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, which was released nine years ago today. The role won Theron nearly every acting trophy, including the Oscar, Golden Globe, and the SAG Award for Outstanding Best Actress.
To play Wuornos, who was executed in 2002 for killing six men, Theron gained 30 pounds and wore prosthetic teeth. Critics praised her performance. "What Charlize Theron achieves in Patty Jenkins' Monster isn't a performance but an embodiment... [It] is one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema," said Roger Ebert.
Theron wasn't actually the first actress considered for the role. Kate Winslet
and Kate Hudson
were both considered for the role.
Wuornos actually cooperated with director and writer Patty Jenkins with the project. Wuornos gave Jenkins access to hundreds of letters she had written and received in order to gain insight into her life. In a twist of fate, Theron won the Oscar award on Wuornos's birthday (though she was executed two years prior).
In addition to the critical praise, the indie was a monster hit, earning $60 million on just a $8 million budget.
Where to stream it: Monster is available on DVD and Blu-ray and on iTunes and Vudu.