Everyone loves taking a peek behind the curtain of filmmaking. Behind-the-scenes photos of actors in costume hold infinite fascination because they peel back the mystique surrounding major film productions. After all, many of these characters occupy such a large place in public consciousness it’s almost impossible to consider that actors would rest in these famous get-ups. But the minute you see Gandalf the Grey put down his staff, open up his MacBook, and check his email, he becomes just as human as anyone else.
These pictures contain just a small sample of thousands, but you can already see some of the most beloved characters from horror icons to shining heroes acting just like regular people. It puts the whole film production thing in perspective, but it also lets you appreciate what it means to be an actor in costume in-between takes.