Achieving this year's "hottest" look, "the testicle with teeth," isn't a stroll in the park. Just ask Ryan Reynolds, who had to sit through three hours of makeup to achieve the disfigured look of a post Weapon X Wade Wilson.
In the record-breaking and R-rated Deadpool, Reynold's transformation is a crucial part of the narrative. It also provides some of the funniest quips in the movie, with Weasel (T.J. Miller) coming out with hilariously vulgar comments such as:
"You look like an avocado had sex with an older avocado."
"You look like Freddie Kruger face fucked a topographical map of Utah."
A Meticulous Process
The process itself is gruelling: Before the 39-year-old actor is even in the makeup chair, teams are intricately crafting all the pizza-esque veins and scar tissue, hours in advance. The layers are then carefully glued onto Reynold's face.
The head alone took three hours to complete, with the full body version (for that infamous naked fight scene) taking an eye watering seven hours to apply. In an interview with Make-Up Artist Magazine, makeup artist Bill Corso said:
"It looked amazing, and you literally could not tell it was on raw skin. It easily took three or four hours off the application time, because everything was prepped in advance, so Ryan just slipped the shirt and pants off, we applied the arms and head and blended everything off, so it was pretty awesome."
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Source: USA Today