• The 10 Best Character Transformations: From the Makeup Chair

    [caption id="attachment_13886" align="alignright" width="300"]candid8x10louferrignodu 3 hours in the makeup chair[/caption]

    It takes a special kind of actor to endure hours in the makeup chair. The process is messy, boring, frustrating, and adds time to your workday. It can be painful and at times even dangerous. I averaged about 3 hours daily in the makeup chair for The Incredible Hulk. It took 45 minutes alone for the makeup team to complete my face. What was worse was the removal process. I had a special "green" shower so I wouldn't get it everywhere. I used special soap and often needed some of the makeup team to help scrub my back. It took about 2-3 showers to get the stuff off.

    When I look at some of the other actors that have sat for hours in the makeup chair, I think I had it easy.


    HELLBOY (2004) - Ron Perlman

    [caption id="attachment_13889" align="aligncenter" width="300"]hellboy 4 hours in the makeup chair[/caption]

    THE FLY (1986) - Jeff Goldblum

    [caption id="attachment_13909" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Over 5 hours towards the end of the movie. Over 5 hours towards the end of the movie.[/caption]

    PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006) - Doug Jones "Faun"

    [caption id="attachment_13905" align="aligncenter" width="225"]The costume was made mostly of latex rubber foam, and the ram horns were made of fiberglass horns. The makeup for actor Doug Jones took five hours each day. 5 hours in the chair. The costume was made mostly of latex rubber foam and fiberglass.[/caption]

    THE GOONIES (1985) - John Matuszak "Sloth"

    [caption id="attachment_13901" align="aligncenter" width="300"]1-John-Matuszak-–-The-Goonies 5 hours in the makeup chair[/caption]

    THE FANTASTIC FOUR (2005) - Michael Chiklis "The Thing"

    [caption id="attachment_13899" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 4.26.07 PM The first application took 5 hours to apply. Eventually it was squeezed down to 1 hour 15 minutes.[/caption]

    GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) - David Bautista "Drax The Destroyer"

    [caption id="attachment_13904" align="aligncenter" width="300"]dave-bautista-makeup-guardians-of-the-galaxy 5 hours a day including 18 different prosthetics[/caption]

    LEGEND (1985) - Tim Curry "Lord of Darkness"

    [caption id="attachment_13908" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Even the Lord of Darkness neeeds to put in the time. 5 1/2 hours in the chair. Even the Lord of Darkness neeeds to put in the time. 5 1/2 hours in the chair.[/caption]

    FRANKENSTEIN (1931) - Boris Karloff

    [caption id="attachment_13887" align="aligncenter" width="300"]6-8 hours in the makeup chair 6-8 hours in the makeup chair[/caption]

    PLANET OF THE APES (1968) - The Apes

    [caption id="attachment_13907" align="aligncenter" width="300"]ziram4 Originally 6 hours in the chair, it was eventually cut down to 3. Actors were asked to stay in refrigerated trailers, they had cigarette holders so that they could smoke while in make-up, had to eat in front of mirror, and drink soft foods (like applesauce) and milk shakes through a straw.[/caption]

    X-MEN (2000) - Rebecca Romijn "Mystique"

    [caption id="attachment_13902" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Full body body paint and prosthetics. nine hours of application per use. The end result is completely worth it. According to Romijn, for X Men 2, the application time was shortened to six hours. Full body body paint and prosthetics. Nine hours of application per use was shortened to six hours.[/caption]

    AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) - David Naughton

    [caption id="attachment_13891" align="aligncenter" width="300"]800americanwerewolflond The transformation scene took 6 days to complete, roughly 10 hours a day spent on applying the makeup, 5 hours on set, and 3 hours of makeup removal.[/caption]

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