Adrien Morot, a Montreal-born make-up artist, woke as much as an e-mail Tuesday morning from his “good pal: Brendan Fraser.”
The Hollywood actor was writing to congratulate Morot on his Oscar nomination for his work on The Whale.
“I used to be nonetheless very groggy. I used to be like, ‘What’s occurring right here?’,” Morot mentioned.
Earlier than replying to Fraser, nevertheless, Morot had some issues he wanted to do.
“I went to take a look at the information to see if he was nominated in order that I might reply shortly and he was,” Morot mentioned, including the pair exchanged a number of jokes.
Fraser snagged a nomination within the Finest Actor in a Main Position class, for his portrayal of Charlie — a 600 lb man, who tries to construct a relationship together with his estranged daughter Ellie, performed by Sadie Sink.
Morot was nominated within the Make-up and Hairstyling class and is answerable for Fraser’s radical bodily transformation.
Morot mentioned when he was first approached by The Whale director Darren Aronofsky, with whom he’s collaborated up to now, he was informed he had a five-week window during which to develop the character.
After studying the script, Morot began constructing a picture financial institution of what folks with Charlie’s situation would seem like. He additionally researched what different make-up artists earlier than him had accomplished.
“It’s at all times a place to begin,” he defined, including that’s the way you be taught what could be accomplished and the way far you may push issues.
However what shortly struck him was that films during which overweight characters have been depicted have been usually comedies or science-fiction films.
“Each time these sorts of make-up have been accomplished up to now, it was at all times just like the character was the butt of the joke,” he mentioned.
That’s when Morot realized he would wish greater than 5 weeks to have the ability to do the character and the storyline justice.
“It’s a heavy drama,” he mentioned of the movie. “It could actually’t be a joke. It can't be. It can't be any of those different films that I’ve seen.”
It was vital to Morot to strategy the the subject from a spot of empathy.
So he did what wanted to be accomplished and received down on his knees and begged for extra time.
“And so we ended up with 12 weeks to construct all the physique prosthetics and facial prosthetics for the character,” Morot mentioned.
Constructing the prosthetics is just one a part of the problem. The subsequent one is placing them on.
The primary make-up take a look at, the place Fraser was reworked into Charlie, took seven hours.
Morot remembers how Aronofsky then advised that possibly it wasn’t mandatory to make use of all of the prosthetics and that possibly padding might work.
Morot, nevertheless, argued in opposition to and gained his case.
The staff ultimately managed to get make-up all the way down to lower than three and a half hours, not together with the time it takes on the finish of the day to take away all of it — a course of that takes about an hour.
Furthermore, the prosthetics can solely be worn as soon as and need to be continuously remade, which generally is a painstaking course of.
At first of the film, Charlie sports activities what Morot described as a “scruffy beard.”
“To do this within the prosthetics, all these hairs must be punched in one after the other.”
Morot dispelled any fantasy concerning the job being glamourous.
“It’s very laborious work,” he mentioned, joking that the interview requests he obtained Tuesday morning are about as glamourous because it will get.
However he’s OK with that. Morot mentioned he’s happiest when he’s busy operating round with issues to do and stuff to repair.
In actual fact, whereas profitable an Oscar could be good, Morot is a little bit apprehensive.
“I hope that I'm not going to need to stroll on stage and make a idiot of myself,” he mentioned.
Whereas Morot is predicated out of Los Angeles for work, he divides his time between L.A. and Montreal, the place his spouse and two sons reside.
He credit his hometown for jumpstarting his profession and says as a result of Montreal’s movie group is small, it may possibly do the identical for others.
“I believe that you've got much more possibilities of impressing large identify producers and administrators that could be coming … from out of city. And in case you can impress them and or impress them sufficient that they bear in mind you, properly, that may be an ideal launching pad for a a global profession.”
That is Morot’s second Oscar nomination. He was nominated in 2011 for the movie Barney’s Model.
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