Over the last few years, more and more movies have begun digitally de-aging their actors for flashback scenes. Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War. Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. (You don't want to see that one. Trust me.) Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2. On the TV side of things, there’s Anthony Hopkins in Westworld. The technology isn’t quite there yet—even at its best, the use of VFX technology to strip a few decades off middle-aged actors results in a waxy-looking, Uncanny Valley-esque simulacrum.
Unless, of course, you are Michelle Pfeiffer, because Michelle Pfeiffer has not aged.
Warning: Mild spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
In Ant-Man and the Wasp, you see de-aged Janet van Dyne in a handful of flashback scenes before you ever get a glimpse of her as modern-day Michelle Pfeiffer. But it turns out there’s not really much of a difference, because Michelle Pfeiffer? Has not? Aged?
I know I’m hardly the first person to point this out, and we’re not talking Bianca Lawson-level immortality here—that’s in a league of its own. But my God, Michelle.
Tell me your secrets.
Is this what toner does????
De-aged Michael Douglas is in the same scene as de-aged Michelle Pfeiffer, and they've supposedly aged the same amount of time in between the flashback and what they look like today. Except de-aged Michael Douglas looks like a diggity darned action figure, while La Pfeiff looks like, in order to make her look 20 years younger, they maybe adjusted a lamp.
I'm 20% angry, 80% impressed, 100% sexually aroused.
This woman is 60 years of age.
Witchcraft. She's legit her Stardust character. I'm convinced.