10 Celebs Successful At Hiding Their Unique Deformities

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2. Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix has had a rough life.

An eminently talented and professional actor with a huge list of admirers in the industry, Phoenix spent much of his younger years in the shadow of his brother River.

The two were raised as part of a cult called the Children of God, a Christian offshoot program operating out of rural Venezuela.

The family escaped into Los Angeles when Phoenix was still a child, and the brothers began working in television commercials and as street performers to make ends meet.

River famously died of a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside the Viper Room performance venue, leaving a bereaved Joaquin to pick up where his brother left off. He received Oscar nominations for his roles in “Gladiator”, “The Master” and “Walk The Line”, the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

It makes sense that someone with so turbulent a life would bear a few scars. Phoenix’s most prominent one is featured on his upper lip just off center. He’s never given an official explanation for the scar; with most assuming it was due to corrective palate surgery he required as a child.

It was prominently featured in “Gladiator” but the vast majority of his films have seen the scar covered with makeup. Phoenix also sported a rather ridiculous mustache for his role in 2013’s “Her”, possibly to keep the scar off camera.

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