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Charlize Theron with her new look. Picture: Getty Images

She has been known to undergo extreme physical transformations for film roles, but the normally stunning Charlize Theron shocked onlookers after venturing out in public last week looking less than glamorous and sporting a new brunette buzz cut.

Hiding behind dark shades and a baggy top, the actress, left, who has won an Oscar for previously "uglifying" herself as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the critically acclaimed thriller Monster, is currently in South Africa while filming Mad Max 4 in Namibia, which explains the absence of her once-long, flowing blonde locks.

The 37-year-old actress shaved her head specifically for the role of Furiosa in director George Miller's next instalment in the post-apocalyptic franchise.

Though the newly shorn Theron appears almost unrecognisable, she was still mobbed by fans while lunching with her mother *Gerda *in Cape Town, above.

Filming for the Mad Max flick began in June and stars The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy, who has been cast in place of former Mad Max hero Mel Gibson.

Theron was still mobbed by fans while lunching with her mother Gerda in Cape Town.