Orson Welles in Citizen Kane
Orson Welles was just 25 when Citizen Kane was released. Despite his youth, he managed to convincingly portray newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane in a movie that spanned the character’s lifetime. When Kane utters his famous dying word, “rosebud,” he is 78 years old. On the 50th anniversary of the film, the Boston Globe praised the makeup, calling it “pimple-precise, aging the characters with an uncanny inevitability of features.” Are they really so inevitable? Here is the actual Welles, at age 70, a few months before his death, looking plumper and hairier than 78-year-old Kane.