Oscar-winning prosthetic makeup artist Kazu Hiro (“Darkest Hour”) has become a wiz at tackling real-life celebrities, and he’s the frontrunner again for achieving multiple feats of mastery on Jay Roach’s sexual harassment drama, “Bombshell,” transforming John Lithgow as the late Roger Ailes, and producer/co-star Charlize Theron as former anchor Megyn Kelly. In the video below, we get a glimpse at the process for Theron, who looks nothing like Kelly.
“Charlize has a soft, round face, and Megyn has a strong, angular face,” Hiro said. “They have different [noses] and Megyn has heavier eyelids.” Therefore, a nose plug and tip were important, and, additionally, jaw and chin pieces helped reshape Theron’s round face to Kelly’s square shape.”
For Hiro and his Oscar-nominated team (Vivian Baker and Anne Morgan, heads of makeup and hair) this required them to push the limits of their craft. “We tend to avoid this kind of makeup because each piece is so small and was hard to maintain on set,” added Hiro. “You see right away if it’s not applied well. It has to be applied in the exact position every day. And the eyelids were hard. I was able to use scanned data to make another life cast of Charlize to sculpt just the eyelids. But I changed it six times.”
Baker had the added difficulty of applying beauty makeup on top of the prosthetic, which changed the element. “It was complicated at times,” she said. “We had the newscaster part of it to do because that was part of the makeup on her face. Kazu would mix up the sealer and then I would have to develop different types of makeup that could go over it, and everything would go on a different way. It was like a mad scientist building different things, but not as revealing as Kazu’s prosthetics.”