11 Actors Who Had to Endure Uncomfortable Costumes and Make-Up to Bring Their Characters to Life
When it comes to acting, there are some celebrities who go all out. But only a few, in addition to the difficult task of acting, have to add costumes and make-up that could be considered out of this world. It is not the same to play a simple office worker as it is to play a medieval beast fighting against his enemies from different galaxies. Here are 2 actors who know a thing or 2 about this: Dane DeHaan, who played the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and had to wear a suit weighing 50 pounds (23 kg), and John Rhys-Davies, Gimli in The Lord of the Rings, who had an allergic reaction to his makeup that lasted throughout the filming.
At Now I’ve Seen Everything, we are fans of those curious behind-the-scenes movie facts that add a spark to the audiovisual world. That’s why we’re sharing a list of the 11 actors who suffered the most from their characters’ wardrobe when they had to go out to film. Take a look at them!
1. Dan Stevens, Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Dan Stevens would get so hot in the Beast costume that he had to wear a special vest with tubes where cold water ran between shots to cool him down. And in order to not get exhausted from sweating and to maintain his physical shape, he’d eat 4 roast dinners every day. In addition, the actor had to walk on stilts for 12 hours a day.
2. Chris Evans, as Captain America
By superhero standards, the Captain America costume worn by Chris Evans for the first and subsequent Avengers films was fairly simple. On the film set, he only had problems with his tight-fitting helmet. The actor’s head started hurting as soon as he put it on.
3. Dane DeHaan, The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (2014)
Actor Dane DeHaan, who played the Green Goblin, had to wear a suit that weighed 50 pounds (23 kg). And to put it on, he had to resort to help from electrical devices. The whole process of preparing for the filming took 3.5 hours.
The final battle between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man, which was filmed in a real clock tower, became a real test for DeHaan. During filming, the temperature reached 115°F (46°C). Between takes, the film crew had to pour ice cubes over the actor’s head and costume.
4. Anthony Daniels, Star Wars (1977)
The costume of Anthony Daniels, who played the role of the robot C-3PO, consisted of pieces of fiberglass, plastic, and aluminum. This costume did not allow him to make sudden movements or to breathe completely. It took him 2 hours to put it on or take it off.
During filming, the costume was constantly scratching him with its sharp edges, and once, due to a faulty battery, the actor was on the verge of being “baked.” And the chemical smell of the paint with which the costume was covered haunted Daniels for a long time after filming.
5. Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV series, 1987-1994)
The actor who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard for 7 years had to wear a Lycra suit that was one size too small to look perfectly smooth and wrinkle-free. This caused terrible pressure on his shoulders, neck, and back.
“I hated it. In fact, we got rid of it after the second season thanks to my chiropractor, who said if I didn’t get it off, we were going to file a lawsuit against Paramount for the permanent damage done to my spine,” Stewart said in an interview.
6. Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings (Film series, 2001-2003)
The actor who played the role of Samsagaz Gamyi had to wear hobbit feet with which he ran and climbed the hills. The fake feet were glued to the actors’ feet and that took over an hour. Sean Astin and the other hobbit performers were forced to stand during this process. Otherwise, their ankles would bend and the false feet would be deformed. Once the actor injured his foot on a large piece of glass. He was even flown by helicopter to a place where the wound could be stitched.
7. John Rhys-Davies, The Lord of the Rings (Film series, 2001-2003)
While playing the role of Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, actor John Rhys-Davies had such a severe allergic reaction to makeup that his face swelled up. and he was in constant pain. As a result, he could only shoot every other day, so that his skin had at least a day to recover.
When asked if he would reprise his role in The Hobbit, he said no, as he wasn’t sure if his face could take the punishment again.
8. Tom Felton, Harry Potter (Film series, 2001 — 2011)
Although Tom Felton didn’t wear any special costumes during the filming of Harry Potter, he also had to suffer quite a bit. More to the point, his hair. The actor has brown hair, so to play the role of Draco Malfoy he had to dye his hair every 10 days to keep it platinum.
9. Jeff Goldblum, The Fly (1986)
According to the plot of this horror/sci-fi movie, the main character, played by Jeff Goldblum, was gradually transformed into a fly. The actor was forced to sit for 5 hours while waiting for stylists to apply the right makeup on his face and body.
And by the end of the film, Jeff Goldblum bore little resemblance to a human being. The constant use of a latex suit, the contact lenses that distorted his look, and the long makeup application exhausted the actor.
10. Ron Perlman, Hellboy (2004)
To play the superhero, Ron Perlman wore a special suit with a foam prosthetic covering his back and chest. And it took 4 hours to do the actor’s makeup. Perlman was forced to endure this process every day of filming. In total, the artist had his make-up done 86 times for the movie.
11. Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Filming took place in California during a hot summer, so many people on the set were overheating. Johnny Depp also had a hard time. His wardrobe was made of a material that made him sweat even more. This became clear when the filmmakers shot the scene where Edward was running away, as the actor collapsed after several takes due to heat exhaustion.
What would you do if you were an actor or actress and had to put up with this kind of costume?