Steve Carell’s proboscis in “Foxcatcher”? Check. Eddie Redmayne’s warped body in “The Theory of Everything”? Naturally. Anthony Hopkins’ flowing gray locks as Methuselah in “Noah”? Yes, those too, along with four other films, comprise the Oscar shortlist in the makeup and hairstyling category.
“Noah” artisans include makeup department head Judy Chin, makeup effects topper Adrien Morot and hair department chief Jerry Popolis. Morot curated Hopkins’ scraggly look, advancing him through several stages of aging. He also did makeup for the warrior played by Ray Winstone.
To his surprise, Morot ended up handling the film’s creature designs as well. “I assumed all the animals would be computer-generated,” he says. “But (director) Darren (Aronofsky) said, ‘OK, Adrien, you’re building all the animals in the ark. We’ll help you. We’ll put some bales of hay in there.’ It was insane. I don’t think any one movie has required so many animals or creatures.”