Marshall Mathers, otherwise known as Eminem, has fashioned his career as a serious, introspective figure that made us think more deeply about social and psychological issues such as poverty, inequality and addiction.
Mathers’ difficult upbringing is well-documented. This, combined with his angrier, more thoughtful demeanor, makes it understandable that he’s often seen in public with a neutral expression. I mean, it would be just odd if this furiously intense man was frequently pictured with a luxurious, beaming smile. Wouldn’t it?
Photoshop funster Mike Brown, whose Facebook intro is “make someone smile every day,” decided to test this theory and shared a cleverly curated collection of Eminem in various ‘before and after’ pics. The original photos portray the man as we know him best: smoldering, serious, straight-faced. The doctored pics give a startlingly different vibe, however, with the addition of an outrageously cheesy grin creating an amusing but at times creepy look, reminiscent of the ‘Hide The Pain Harold‘ meme.
“I have always manipulated faces, it’s just funny to me,” Mike said. “I always look for new manipulations, and ways to go about it. I came across a plugin that allows photoshop to scour the web for close matches.”
“Although I had some success, the results took too long to ‘get right,’ so I kept trying and trying different ways. I ended up buying an app on Google Play that did just the trick, in such a faster time frame. So I do a first edit in Photoshop, then I run it through the facetime app, apply a few filters to make the image seem real, and it’s done!’