Every now and then it’s essential for character development to show a couple of scenes from a hero’s past despite the fact that the actor simply doesn’t look like his young self anymore even in makeup. Fortunately, CGI technology is confidently moving on, allowing movie makers to do more and more such tricks.

After all, there were times when they had to look for young actors of similar appearance first – and the latter had to be good actors, too. And it was not easy. Let’s take a look at how movie makers have been dealing with rejuvenating of characters played by not so young actors in the last 5 years.

You are about to see 10 famous actors that are 50+ years old and were given a second youth for particular scenes in movies. It’s up to you to decide whether these efforts were not in vain.

1. Captain Jack Sparrow

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).

Actor: Johnny Depp.

For this scene they hired a young actor Anthony De La Torre whose facial features were only slightly changed to make him look a lot like young Johnny Depp.

2. Tony Stark

Marvel Studios

Film: Captain America: Civil War (2016).

Actor: Robert Downey Jr.

3. Ego

Marvel Studios

Film: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).

Actor: Kurt Russell.

4. Bob Stone

New Line Cinema

Film: Central Intelligence (2016).

Actor: Dwayne Johnson.

5. Luke Skywalker


TV series: The Mandalorian (2019-…)

Actor: Mark Hamill.

To film this scene, an actor Max Lloyd-Jones was invited. However, the face and the voice belong to Mark Hamill. His rejuvenated appearance was laid on Jones.

6. Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran


Film: The Irishman (2019).

Actor: Robert De Niro.

7. Russell Bufalino


Film: The Irishman (2019).

Actor: Joe Pesci.

8. Henry Brogan

Paramount Pictures

Film: Gemini Man (2019).

Actor: Will Smith.

In the story, the main hero has a young clone. So, in fact, it is the same character.

9. Dr. Hank Pym

Marvel Studios

Film: Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018).

Actor: Michael Douglas.

10. Dr. Robert Ford


TV series: Westworld (2016-…).

Actor: Anthony Hopkins.

Bonus: Benjamin Button

Paramount Pictures

Film: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) – this example is a bit older than all the others.

Actor: Brad Pitt.