Yet another variety of ‘reality’ TV entertainment: transforming a celebrity with prosthetic makeup and getting them to trick their friends and families. The transformations are radical – changing age, gender, and/or racial origin. The intention is to enable them to fool fans, lovers, families & other celebrities up-close. Occasionally these shows claim some sort of educational or informative intent that is to be delivered through the ‘in-your-shoes’ experience but mostly they are straight entertainment.
If like me you watched far too much Candid Camera when you were young, you’ll find them a hoot. Even if you don’t, you can watch to appreciate the unique challenge they pose to makeup artists to produce a transformation capable of working in ‘real-life’ situations.
All too often though they end up dredging the barrel for ‘C’ or ‘D’-list celebrities – you know, the ones you’ve never actually heard of.