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Jim Sturgess discusses film transformation

Jim Sturgess has described the make-up tests involved in the production for Cloud Atlas.

The English actor covers Nylon Guys October/November 2012 issue where he appears dressed in a dapper, well cut suit.

In Cloud Atlas the 31-year-old is unrecognisable from this image, as he plays six very different roles.

"Ben [Whishaw] and I came over to Berlin, and I remember we both walked into separate rooms dressed pretty identically, in jeans and T-shirts," Jim explained to Nylon Guys. "Then I reappeared a few hours later as a Korean man, and he appeared as a woman."

The sci-fi adventure drama starring Halle Berry and Tom Hanks is one of the most expensive independent films of all time.

The ensemble cast started to cover the film's multiple storylines in September last year at Studio Babelsberg in Germany. The make-up and wardrobe for the movie were so complex and specific that Jim was unrecognisable to those closest to him.

"It's fun to have my own agent go, 'I didn't even know that was you,'" Jim told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's really opened my mind to future projects, because you read something and go, 'Oh, I'm not really right for this.' Then you go, 'No, I know what they can do with makeup, I can turn myself into that. I can become that. He's fat and bald? I can do that.'"

Jim continued to describe the lengths the cast had to go to in order to prepare for their parts. One of the characters he plays is Adam Ewing a 19th century lawyer who voyages across the south pacific. Jim told the publication about the early days of filming this role.

"I remember I was dressed in the period costume and there were all these sailors and all these people going up the rigging and we were on this incredible boat and we were out in the middle of the ocean and there was nothing to tell me that it wasn't 1800, and whatever, and that I wasn't this man!" he recalled.

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