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Hellboy Makeup: An Interview with Jake Garber


The Teletubby Stage
Hellboy (Ron Perlman)
Hellboy (Ron Perlman)
Photo courtesy of The Orphanage © 2004 Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC. All Rights Reserved © 2004 Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC. All Rights Reserved

HSW: How did it [the makeup process] work?

Jake Garber: The makeup on Ron was all foam prosthetic pieces. The first piece we applied was ... a back and chest piece that flipped over his head, went along his jaw line and rested on his pectorals; that's the chest muscles in front of him.

Jake Garber: The next piece that went on was a scull cap. We had a plastic cap that covered up his hair, like a little helmet. And then we put a foam piece on top of that that blended in right over his eyebrows and down to the back of his head. That's where it connected to the neck and chest piece. The ears were actually incorporated into the piece and attached to the little plastic scull cap underneath it.

When that was on, we usually had our first break and Ron would walk around take a break. Guillermo [the director] called this the Teletubby stage.