Hellboy Makeup: An Interview with Jake Garber


Life on the Set of Hellboy
Left to right: "Mer-Man" Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and Hellboy (Ron Perlman)
Left to right: "Mer-Man" Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and Hellboy (Ron Perlman)
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HSW: As the Hellboy makeup artist, describe a day on the set.

Jake Garber: Well, it's early (laughing). When we were in Prague ... the normal life is you're usually up relatively early. We were doing "Hellboy" in something called splits. means you're essentially starting in the middle of the day. You're going from about noon 'till midnight. So I would show up with Ron about four hours prior to when he was needed on set for crew-call to begin the makeup . The usual process is Ron would show up there and we were allowed four hours. The actual time he was sitting in the chair was usually two and a half hours. But I wanted him to be able to get up, stretch, and have a cup of coffee, maybe a little breakfast so it's not quite as grueling as sitting there for four hours straight.