You know the kind I mean. At the intro of Mission Impossible, we see Tom Cruise, who suddenly hooks a hand beneath his jaw and tears of his face, which turns out to be one of those vinyl masks. Beneathe the mask, he's somebody totally different.

I have seen Mrs Doubsfire, where Robin williams wears one of thsoe masks and can seriously pass for an old lady, and even still has facial mobility. So I suppose it can be done, to a degree.

Given that the guy wearing the mask has a small face, small nose etc, could he really pass convincingly for someone else if he wore a mask?

  • Mythbusters took it on once, showing that (at least 3 years ago) the technology isn't quite there yet. It could fool some people from far away, though, and a dog up close.
    – Walt
    Commented Aug 1, 2014 at 8:49
  • Short answer: No. Commented Aug 1, 2014 at 9:52
  • Think of the cost savings if you could have an unknown extra simply wear a Tom Cruise mask for the role. Commented Apr 25, 2018 at 17:56

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No they aren't real and they are, the usual process of creating this affect is to use the actual actors for their specific roles Just like they do on Face/Off and then using a quick cut when they go to remove the mask they will apply a decent Mask then so they have something to rip off.

  • Wait. So that wasn't Nicolas Cage in a John Travolta mask and John Travolta in a Nicolas Cage mask? Commented Apr 25, 2018 at 17:56

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