Adrien Morot, a Montreal-born make-up artist, woke as much as an electronic mail Tuesday morning from his “good friend: Brendan Fraser.”
The Hollywood actor was writing to congratulate Morot on his Oscar nomination for his work on The Whale.
“I was still very groggy. I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’,” Morot mentioned.
Earlier than replying to Fraser, nevertheless, Morot had some issues he wanted to do.
“I went to look at the news to see if he was nominated so that I could reply quickly and he was,” Morot mentioned, including the pair exchanged a number of jokes.
Fraser snagged a nomination within the Greatest 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 liable for Fraser’s radical bodily transformation.
Morot mentioned when he was first approached by The Whale director Darren Aronofsky, with whom he’s collaborated previously, he was advised 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 individuals with Charlie’s situation would appear to be. He additionally researched what different make-up artists earlier than him had carried out.
“It’s always a starting point,” he defined, including that’s the way you study what might be carried out and the way far you may push issues.
However what shortly struck him was that motion pictures during which overweight characters had been depicted had been typically comedies or science-fiction motion pictures.
“Every time those kinds of makeup have been done in the past, it was always 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 can’t be a joke. It cannot be. It cannot be any of these other movies that I’ve seen.”
It was necessary to Morot to method the the subject from a spot of empathy.
So he did what wanted to be carried out and received down on his knees and begged for extra time.
“And so we ended up with 12 weeks to build all of the body prosthetics and facial prosthetics for the character,” Morot mentioned.
Constructing the prosthetics is just one a part of the problem. The following 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 instructed that perhaps it wasn’t vital to make use of all of the prosthetics and that perhaps padding may work.
Morot, nevertheless, argued towards and received his case.
The workforce 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 should be continuously remade, which generally is a painstaking course of.
Firstly of the film, Charlie sports activities what Morot described as a “scruffy beard.”
“To do that in the prosthetics, all those hairs need to be punched in one at a time.”
Morot dispelled any delusion in regards to the job being glamourous.
“It’s very hard work,” he mentioned, joking that the interview requests he acquired 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 working round with issues to do and stuff to repair.
In truth, whereas successful an Oscar is perhaps good, Morot is a bit of apprehensive.
“I am hoping that I am not going to have to walk on stage and make a fool of myself,” he mentioned.
Whereas Morot relies 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 could possibly do the identical for others.
“I think that you have a lot more chances of impressing big name producers and directors that might be coming … from out of town. And if you can impress them and or impress them enough that they remember you, well, that can be a great launching pad for a an international career.”
That is Morot’s second Oscar nomination. He was nominated in 2011 for the movie Barney’s Model.
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