After wowing us with only her voice in the futuristic phone-love romance Her
, Scarlett Johansson
continues to score by taking on challenges—the newest one coming in Under the Skin
. In this dark, arrestingly strange film (directed by Birth
’s inspired Jonathan Glazer
), Johansson plays a curious alien who adopts an alluring shape (and a wild wig) to attract specimens; along the way, she learns a little about human nature as well.
Here are eight actors who took similar plunges into alien roles with limited recourse to makeup, props or otherworldly intelligence—we think.