This year's Oscar nominees for makeup and hairstyling worked on three very different movies but they did have one thing in common: a knack for making healthy young actors look significantly closer to death.
Using everything from detailed prosthetics to common pantry items, these artists turned
Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny, "The Lone Ranger"
Harlow: The inspiration for Tonto "happened in Puerto Rico in 2009. Johnny and I were doing
Pasqua-Casny: "We had Johnny Depp and everybody tied to the top of the train going 40 miles an hour, and their action could be [their] back to the wind, facing the wind. So it was keeping hair out of his eyes, going backward on top of a train, that was my biggest challenge. It was a lot of hair. And you know, I sewed it to his breast plate. I wove black thread through it and pulled out what hair was allowed to fly. Occasionally, the train would go in the right direction, and I could have a coffee at crafty, but not often. They would always say, 'Hair!' And I'd have to climb up on top of a train. Literally, they pulled out the ladder for you."
Stephen Prouty, nominated for "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"
"[The old-age makeup] had to read in person as well as on film realistically, so that was definitely the biggest challenge of this. There are some people inches from [Johnny Knoxville's] face, and we have to fool them every day of the shooting. During the sculpting and design phase of makeup, we surrounded the sculpture tables with reference casts of old people, and that's always a big help. And as far as the painting and paint work goes, people really seem to respond well to the liver spots. And we laid hair on the back of his neck and on his ears, and it just gave it another layer of dimension."
"In the film, he crashes through the window on a toy ride. When he came back over to watch the playback on it, there were pieces of glass sticking into the silicone makeup, and we were able to pluck those out. So it almost acted like a little seal to keep it from penetrating to his skin. There were a couple of pieces stuck in his real skin, like his hands and that. But for the most part, his face was fine."
Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, nominated for "Dallas Buyers Club"
Mathews: "One of the things that the