Every single one of us, including the richest and the most famous Hollywood celebrities, is powerless in the face of time. However, in the era of exponential technological growth, movies and TV shows are able to slightly tame it.

De-aging is a visual effects technique performed using digital editing and CGI, that allows professionals to make actors and actresses look years or even decades younger. The first movie to ever use this technique was 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, rewinding the clock for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Since then, many others have employed de-aging techniques in their own creations.

Without further ado, Bored Panda invites you to scroll down and take a look at some of the most iconic movie stars that were made to look younger using CGI and digital editing.

#1

Kurt Russell In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' (2017)

Kurt Russell In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' (2017)

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Verena Gitterle
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1 year ago

This is really good!

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The traditional way of making actors be a different age on screen was getting creative with makeup, clothes and accessories, using prosthetics, or casting younger actors to play certain characters in flashback scenes. However, the results achieved using these techniques aren't always that amazing.

As we mentioned before, the first ones to employ the de-aging technique in film was the creators of X-Men: The Last Stand, that had scenes taking the narrative back in time.

#2

Samuel L. Jackson In 'Captain Marvel' (2019)

Samuel L. Jackson In 'Captain Marvel' (2019)

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Natasha Romanoff
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1 year ago

This was really good

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“Like any of the first forays into new effects, these effects by today’s standards seem a bit outdated,” a lead compositor at London-based visual effects house Framestore Owen Braekke-Carroll told Backstage. “But for the time, they were at the top of their game, and also paved the way for the method and ideas we use regularly today. Seeing them on the screen like thatI immediately thought that if this was possible, it would be used widely to let the filmmakers add or extend the story beyond the time audiences were used to.”

#3

Robert Downey Jr. In 'Captain America: Civil War' (2016)

Robert Downey Jr. In 'Captain America: Civil War' (2016)

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Natasha Romanoff
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1 year ago

This looks pretty good

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#4

Anthony Hopkins In 'Westworld' (2016-Present)

Anthony Hopkins In 'Westworld' (2016-Present)

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Mina Minx
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1 year ago

Hello Clarice.

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“De-ageing is quite a bit more complex now,” Braekke-Carroll shared with Backstage. “There are even a few different approaches depending on the desired outcome. For smaller and more subtle effects, a digital touch-up or ‘airbrush’ isn’t out of the question. But for the full-screen, full-performance-type effect, it’s usually more of a total digital rebuild of the face and headoften using a stand-in body double of similar proportion and build to the original actor.”

#5

Stan Lee In 'Avengers: Endgame' (2019)

Stan Lee In 'Avengers: Endgame' (2019)

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Natasha Romanoff
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1 year ago

This one made me cry - you know what all of these are amazing

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#6

Michael Douglas In 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' (2018)

Michael Douglas In 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' (2018)

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MiraiJack
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1 year ago (edited)

Made him young just by painting his hair and removing the beard and the glasses.

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#7

Mark Hamill In 'The Mandalorian' (2019-Present)

Mark Hamill In 'The Mandalorian' (2019-Present)

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zims
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1 year ago

I like how they didn't make him look fresh off the farm. This is a Luke who's seen some things.

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Of course, people have all kinds of opinions about digital de-aging. "My problem with de-aging that the actors still move like an old person," someone pointed out under the YouTube video called De-Aging Will Change Movies Forever. "Young Sam Jackson also walks and moves like an old man. You can't de-age posture," another user added.

"This, combined with deepfakes and voice modulation. We'll only need ONE actor in the future to play EVERY role!" someone pointed out.

#8

Michelle Pfeiffer In 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' (2018)

Michelle Pfeiffer In 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' (2018)

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Theoretical Empiricist
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1 year ago

Gorgeous no matter what.

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#9

Clark Gregg In 'Captain Marvel' (2019)

Clark Gregg In 'Captain Marvel' (2019)

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Zophra
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1 year ago

Aw, he looks the same!

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#10

Patrick Stewart In 'X-Men: The Last Stand' (2006)

Patrick Stewart In 'X-Men: The Last Stand' (2006)

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Abigail Green
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1 year ago

Except he's looked 40 for 40 years now...

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A few users pointed out how de-aging technology may prevent newly-baked actors from getting their shot in the movie industry. "I think it just makes actors obsolete. Why hire newbies when you have thousands of hours of great actors already acting? Just use that and make a new movie! Cheaper! Terrifying......" someone commented.

#11

Will Smith In 'Gemini Man' (2019)

Will Smith In 'Gemini Man' (2019)

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RoseTheMad
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1 year ago

How can you make him look younger when he scarcely aged to begin with?

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#12

Ian Mckellen In 'X-Men: The Last Stand' (2006)

Ian Mckellen In 'X-Men: The Last Stand' (2006)

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MiraiJack
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1 year ago

That's so wrong. The only acceptable younger version of Magneto is Michael Fassbender.

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#13

Carrie Fisher In 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' (2016)

Carrie Fisher In 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' (2016)

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Little Zoologist
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1 year ago

Rest in peace, princess of Alderaan, queen of our hearts...

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#14

Robert De Niro In 'Irishman' (2019)

Robert De Niro In 'Irishman' (2019)

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Xander Gonzalez
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1 year ago

his wrinkles are gone

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#15

Jennifer Connelly In 'American Pastoral' (2016)

Jennifer Connelly In 'American Pastoral' (2016)

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A.J Milne
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1 year ago

She doesn't need any digital anything

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#16

Brad Pitt In 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button' (2008)

Brad Pitt In 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button' (2008)

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Abigail Green
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1 year ago

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#17

Joe Pesci In 'Irishman' (2019)

Joe Pesci In 'Irishman' (2019)

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-OldCarnival-
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1 year ago

Well done.

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#18

Paul Reubens In 'Pee Wee's Big Holiday' (2016)

Paul Reubens In 'Pee Wee's Big Holiday' (2016)

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Zoe Hoesley
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1 year ago

Okay down vote me but doesn’t he look like a ventriloquist dummy

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#19

Dwayne Johnson In 'Central Intelligence' (2016)

Dwayne Johnson In 'Central Intelligence' (2016)

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Janoel Murrey
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1 year ago

WHAT THE DUCK IS THIS

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#20

Johnny Depp In 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' (2015)

Johnny Depp In 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' (2015)

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Requiem
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1 year ago

terrible job on it

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#21

Jeff Bridges In 'Tron: Legacy' (2010)

Jeff Bridges In 'Tron: Legacy' (2010)

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Vansh Popli
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1 year ago

cursed image (right)

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