Sunday, November 30, 2008

Movie making up is fun to do

Few get a taste of movie magic the way I recently did with some Oscar-winning experts -- and super people -- at KNB EFX Group in Van Nuys.

That's me with real hair(!)and full beard after about 100 minutes in a make-up chair with the likes of (from left) KNB co-founder Howard Berger and makeup whizzes, Jack Bricker and Shannon Shea.
Nice guy Shea, a former Stan Winston puppeteer and literally Chuckie's right arm in "Child's Play 2," did most of the work in turning me into a Narnian Dwarf -- and a very tall one at that -- to celebrate the Tuesday release of "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" on Blu-ray hi-def and DVD.
After Shea's razzle-dazzle came complete with fake nose and ears, hair expert Bricker pasted on the long (human) wig and beard, which, he claimed, came from a real yak.
Of course, who knows if the funny Bricker was telling the truth. I mean, would you believe the guy who played the zombie coming out of a sewer in Michael Jackson's legendary "Thriller" video? Ghoul, man!

Berger. who won an Oscar and a BAFTA (British Academy Award) for his makeup work in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," added just the right finishing touches, mostly some tattoo spray paint which made me look older and scarier than I really am. (Yeah, right!)

For more on "Prince Caspian," look for my recent Q and A with William Moseley (that's Peter Pevensie himself) in the current Sun News.

Then, on Thursday, look there to read my report on what some of the stars of "Milk" have to say about their new film.

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