Hellboy Makeup: An Interview with Jake Garber

Most Difficult Aspects

Hellboy (Ron Perlman)
Hellboy (Ron Perlman)
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HSW: What was the hardest part of doing Hellboy?

Jake Garber: Ron's makeup was difficult because of the duration. I did his makeup 86 times. I was really questioning myself if I could hang out and do the makeup for that long because usually when you do a prosthetic for a film you're either doing it for one or two days for a certain event or you're doing a character that may not be in it for the whole movie. [Prior to Hellboy] the most times I'd ever made up a character was maybe a dozen times.

HSW: When you go to the movies, are you able to enjoy them or are you a critic?

Jake Garber: It is one of the biggest pains actually ... it's difficult for me to go to the movies and not find something wrong and when it doesn't happen it's a real treat. When makeup is bad, it takes me right out of the movie. It's tough to watch movies. The "Hellboy" premiere was neat, but ... I should watch the movie again because I was focusing on the makeup.