Oscars: Ryan Reynolds Wore 9 Prosthetic Appliances on His Face to Play Deadpool

9:30 AM 11/22/2016

by Carolyn Giardina

Makeup artists behind 'Deadpool,' 'Jackie,' 'Hacksaw Ridge' and 'Suicide Squad' reveal secrets behind their work.

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  • Deadpool (Fox)

    "Ryan Reynolds' transformation started with gluing his hair down and hiding it under a tight-fitting skull cap," says Corso, the film's makeup designer. "A ghastly skull and veined underpaint was applied [over the cap] that would show through the thin, translucent silicone [mask] appliances, which were painted to match examples of extreme skin disorders. The closer you got, the more detail under his skin you could see. Ryan wore nine silicone prosthetic appliances when just his head was exposed."

  • Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

    To re-create Jacqueline Kennedy's iconic look on star Natalie Portman, makeup artist Kim's research began with books and newsreels — particularly the first lady's 1962 TV tour of the White House. "What truly makes Jackie's facial features are her unique and strong eyebrows," says Kim. "I used a technique to make Natalie's eyebrows thicker, more wide apart and in a square shape. For her mouth, I started with a natural liner along the top and sides because Jackie had thin lips."

  • Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate)

    "One of the most challenging things was having actors covered in so much makeup effects and still being recognizable," says makeup and hair designer Thomas of the war film starring Andrew Garfield. "[We] did a lot of putting on and taking off to build up texture and detail without covering all of the skin on their face. ... I used a lot of experimental techniques like mixing gantraz [a polymer] with bloods and dirt for holding power and dimension. I didn't want anything to be flat."

  • Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.)

    Director David Ayer wanted to keep things so real on the set of the Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC comic that actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Killer Croc character was created by makeup artist Nelson with practical effects only — nothing was computer-generated. For this, Akinnuoye-Agbaje spent five hours in makeup, followed by 13-hour days on set, wearing up to 2 inches of foam and prosthetics and a crocodile jacket that weighed about 40 pounds (50 pounds on days when it rained during shooting). "Killer Croc is a makeup effects character with an actor inside," Ayers has said. "You have this huge atavistic character that's terrifying, but there's a lot of heart and soul in there."