Ever wonder what it would feel like to try on #Batman's mech suit? Or how about #Superman's extremely skin tight costume (either Brandon Routh's costume in #SupermanReturns, or Henry Cavill's in #ManOfSteel)? Maybe even the super soldier uniform that #CaptainAmerica wears? For years, fans around the world have witnessed actors portraying the iconic characters that we see in books, graphic novels and comic books. The big fans out there have even worn these costumes to events such as Halloween or (even better) Comic-Con. Ever wonder what it feels like to wear the suit engineered for the Blockbuster movies?
Listed here are actors who've portrayed heroes (Harley is one to me) in large hero action films, who claim that their costumes aren't always the greatest of things.
1. Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man
Portraying our favorite web-slinger, Andrew Garfield has taken on the role of Spider-Man after being passed the torch by Tobey Maguire. Since the 2012 film, Garfield has played the role twice in #TheAmazingSpiderMan (2012) and #TheAmazingSpiderMan2 ( 2014). Despite giving a gracious take on a more comic-like #SpiderMan, Garfield has certainly given us all a glimpse of the relationship with his former girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. But, what Garfield didn't want us to have a glimpse of is the fact that his suit was extremely uncomfortable.
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Garfield claimed that it was very uncomfortable when his spider-senses picked up the fact that paparazzi were taking photos of him in his suit while filming the first film in downtown LA — especially pictures of his butt. He said to Digital Spy:
"I knew there were paparazzi taking terrible unflattering shots of my, you know, everything."
Not only were butt pictures in his skin-tight suit bothering him, but it turns out that the suit didn't have a zipper in that spot. So if Garfield ever had to use to pee, he would have to painfully strip off the whole costume, which is a pretty hefty procedure seeing as how it's skin-tight. Thankfully, for the second film the costume designers heard the feedback, giving Garfield a nice zipper to help.
For your struggle, Mr. Garfield, we would like to thank you for wearing that amazing, yet uncomfortable, suit.
2. Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers
Our favorite Russian, red-headed spy, the #BlackWidow — portrayed by #ScarlettJohansson. Johansson has portrayed this role in multiple Marvel films, including Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016). From her first appearance as the infamous spy, we've all taken note of the extremely tight, and sexy, #BlackWidow costume. During the movies, the suit has had a couple modifications here and there, but as always it has remained skin-tight. In an interview for the Avengers movie, Johansson told ABC News:
"It was so hot, I would wring out my socks at the end of the day."
Despite how disgusting that revelation appears, it is safe to say that that is understandable since the costume was practically a "wetsuit" and wasn't the best choice when in the heat. It was so hot at one point that Johansson actually hallucinated during a fight sequence. During the movies, she has compared her suits to tires, since her stunt doubles would wear each one of the suits down until they had to replace them. I wonder how many were actually tore down, since the suits must have taken a hit with all those killer moves.
3. Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad
Without a doubt, this character has taken the #DC cinematic universe by storm, and anyone who really loves a good comic character adores this girl. Our own insanely lovable #HarleyQuinn, portrayed by #MargotRobbie. Robbie's debut film into the Hollywood scene was undeniably The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), then bringing herself into the world of heroes in villains in #SuicideSquad (2016). One highly popular aspect of the character is her eye-catching costume, and for Robbie, this was not very good for her own character. Harley's costumes, being extremely revealing in this movie, has caused the actress to critically look at herself, telling New York Times:
"As Margot, no, I don't like wearing that. I'm eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you're hosed down and soaking wet in a white T-shirt, it's so clingy and you're self-conscious about it"
It is safe to say that wearing booty shorts, fishnet tights, a baseball tee and killer stilettos are not comfortable for everyone. Not to mention the very clear contrast of costumes between Robbie and her cast-mates, which, as she mentioned, can be highly uncomfortable. In addition to the heavy workout and strict diet she must have gone through to prepare for such a role. All actors know that once they sign a deal for a comic-based film, the costumes aren't exactly going to be as comfortable as slipping into sweatpants. For that, we appreciate her tough work as an actress, and definitely cannot wait for DC to announce a debut Harley Quinn film.
4. Rebecca Romijn & Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men
Undeniably one of the most impressive character costumes in cinematic history, these two actresses have conquered the shape-shifting #Mystique within the X-Men universe. With Rebecca Romijn starring in X2: X-Men United ( 2003) and Jennifer Lawrence taking the stage with #XMenFirstClass (2011), audiences around the world certainly have been awed by the intricacy of such a costume. That is, if one can truly call it a costume. Clothing is not required for Mystique in the X-Men CU — just prosthetics and blue paint.
For Romijn, the makeup process took her eight hours and four women to cover her in prosthetics and makeup, ruining her mood for later filming. Similar to Robbie as Harley Quinn, the one thing that deemed the worst was that she was completely nude under all the makeup, compared to her costume-covered peers. She told EW:
"I've been in denial about the nudity: 'No, no. I'm VERY covered up.' I kept checking with the rest of the cast, 'You guys, I'm totally covered up, right?' And they'd tell me, 'No, Rebecca, you're naked.'"
There was even an incident in which her "crack was getting touched up" and the director, #BryanSinger, accidentally walked in on her being bent over. Talk about embarrassing!
This also goes for Lawrence, who has continued Romijn's legacy into the next sequence of X-Men films. Turns out she had to undergo a similar, seven-hour process of putting on the prosthetics and makeup to suit this blue-skinned character. Compared to Romijn, Lawrence seemed to have had a medical reaction to the paint being applied directly to her skin. Due to such reaction, the costume designers created another costume for her to wear, reducing the makeup process to just three hours in the chair.
Sadly, rumors are going around that Lawrence may ditch the role as the enticing shape-shifter. There are claims that she isn't 100 percent sure of leaving the X-Men franchise, but one thing that is truly bugging her (and no its not the cast) is: the makeup.
"Now I’m almost 25 and I’m like, ‘I can’t even pronounce this and that’s going in my nose? I’m breathing that?'"
Now, we can't blame her for this, since that stuff could certainly harm her. According to #HughJackman, during a celebratory party of the completion of an old X-Men film, former Mystique Romijn puked up her food — which was blue. The paint had seeped into her skin and into her system. No wonder Lawrence isn't too happy. However, she states that she wouldn't mind coming back into the franchise if asked, but there haven't been any announcements for contract extensions, and this goes for colleagues #MichaelFassbender and #NicholasHoult as well.
5. Chadwick Boseman, Captain America: Civil War
It won't be wrong to say that fans all over the world have been shocked and awed by the new arrival in the #Marvel Universe: Black Panther. Actor Chadwick Boseman, Lincoln Heights (2007–2009), has taken on the King of Wakanda role in the new #CaptainAmericaCivilWar (2016).
The suit itself is incredible. Skin-tight, it's definitely captured everyone's attention. Especially the fact that its a cat suit and Boseman had to wear it in 90 degree weather. During the process of filming, there were some stunts that required Boseman to breathe a certain way. Besides learning how to properly inhale and exhale, he also needed to get into a "Zen space," mostly due to demanding stunts and the layer of sweat that was covering his body that he could not itch.
Boseman also admits that he was afraid of scratching or damaging the costume in any way, only leaving more time to work for the costume designers. He desperately needs to prepare to be comfortable in that costume, seeing that Marvel has confirmed a #BlackPanther solo film in 2018. Let's just see if he has another run-in with Bucky, if he wakes him up, that is!
6. Olivia Munn, X-Men: Apocalypse
Yet another incredible addition to the Marvel Universe is actress #OliviaMunn, Magic Mike (2012), who portrays the stunning #Psylocke. Joining #Apocalypse in his mission to evolve each mutant to the extent of their power, she embarks on this journey in a tight, and I mean tight costume.
Knowing that the film was highly anticipated, when the costume was sent out, many fans deemed the attire just too revealing. Now, I don't understand how that works, seeing as the comic Psylocke is wearing a technical replica of the movie costume.
Just to get into the costume, Munn needed the assistance of two other women and a load of lube. One would deem this too tiring, especially if you'd have to do it every time. Turns out the first time she actually went on set with other X-Men members, she tore the crotch region of the costume. Munn claims that there is a definite line between what the character wears and what she as a person wears, plus Apocalypse picked the costume, she didn't!
7. Ben Affleck, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Another huge collaboration film, also beginning a chain of events that'll impact their whole cinematic universe, was the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), with #ChristianBale passing the Bat-Torch to #BenAffleck. What really caught audiences is the new #Batsuit. The mech suit, if I'm correct.
You have to admit that the suit looks pretty sick. Fox doesn't fail Wayne when it comes to new tech. Here's the funny part (so funny that #Batman may crack a smile): Affleck practically hated this suit. Why, you wonder? Well, its because its not the actual motion suit.
You can see here that they used an actual BatMech suit for the filming, but Affleck claims that to capture motion, he was fighting the Man of Steel (who was in full costume) in his "visual effects pajamas."
“You can move freely, and they can put [the suit] on digitally… It’s a little more humiliating to wear, but it’s easier for the digital effects guys. You can see who the priority is."
Though that portion of it was embarrassing, Affleck actually wore the other batsuit. It was worth it — wearing those pajamas in front of Cavill — since the movie was a huge hit!
8. Paul Bettany, Captain America: Civil War
A character who wowed audiences since his arrival in #AvengersAgeOfUltron (2015), #PaulBettany reprises the role of #Vision in #CaptainAmericaCivilWar (2016). The incredible intricacy of this costume was certainly a challenge for both actors and costume designers. Though, it was pretty worth it.
He had to suffer through 20 hours a day with prosthetics glued onto his face, which we can all imagine as not the best of experiences. Bettany is completely consumed by his costume, which clearly means excessive sweating. We don't see that because those genius costume designers came up with a way to keep the actor cool: tubes beneath the suit that pump ice water.
It took four hours to put on the prosthetics that Bettany had to deal with, which is again not so exciting. When things got rough for him, the team told him these two things would help: reading and meditation (which was also what they told Mr. Boseman). When things became downright terrible, Bettany just reflected on how thankful he should be for getting such a huge role, as not all actors do. Bettany, we're thankful for you!
9. Malin Åkerman, The Watchmen
Based off the fantastic graphic novel #TheWatchmen by Allan Moore (also author of V for Vendetta), Åkerman had been given the astounding opportunity of becoming #SilverSpectreII (Laurie Jupiter). All those who know the comic know that Spectre's suit is not the most comfortable of suits, and I mean both Spectre suits.
That is, without a doubt, a latex suit. Look at how tight it's gripping her. Not to mention the tight, thigh-high boots and the straps leading to her suit. Besides the fact that the suit was unrealistically tight, it also had a peculiar scent to it. She told Celebuzz:
"I thought it was really f***ing hot (at first). Then I tried it on, and I thought it was really f***ing uncomfortable. And the smell? When you take it off, it smells like a human condom"
Not necessarily a nice smell. She also mentioned that the suit seemed to amplify temperatures. If the room was cold, she would freeze, and if it was hot, she was sweating like crazy. But, Zack Snyder's Watchmen has incredible adaptions in terms of costumes, so it was definitely worth it.
10. Ron Perlman, Hellboy
A great couple of movies from #DarkHorse comics are the #Hellboy films, both featuring iconic characters and great plots. You may not have recognized, but the devil boy himself is #RonPerlman, Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014), under all that prosthetic.
Hellboy's makeup was so extreme that within the trailer, Perlman is completely covered in prosthetics, foam or coats of red paint. With that, Perlman easily grew tired of having to go through that hellish procedure.
The reason why he stuck it out for a second film is because he adores Hellboy's character so much. There were actually rumors of a third Hellboy movie, but it turns out that the internet has simply fooled us again, as there has been nothing official on the subject. On the bright side, you'll see Perlman in the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). The trailer for which you can see below:
Not So Comfortable, Is It?
Turns out that those incredible costumes that we see out there in the hero cinematic universe are not always the best things to go to bed with. Actors (and especially costume designers) suffer through so much to get the best they can out of adapting a costume and delivering it to the audience. Hopefully in the future they'll find easier ways to deal with their costumes, but for now, let their sacrifices be worthy!