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believable old age make-up? - 13/1/2014 4:24:49 PM   
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One aspect of film that I find never gets any positive reviews is when an actor is covered in make-up to make them look like an old person. Every time I see a film or tv show with it in, I just know there will be tonnes of people complaining about it on a forum or comments section. So I wanted to ask, has there been a film with old age make-up which looks good?

Also, perhaps the reason why people find it so hard to believe is they've watched a film or tv show where we've seen someone as their younger selves then all of a sudden they're shown with all of this stuff on their face we know is not 'real'. We know that the person isn't supposed to look like that so maybe it distracts us? Perhaps we need to readjust our expectations for old age make-up as no-one will ever look truly older, it's just a bit of 'movie magic darling' to convey an idea, same as cgi. we know it's not real but i get that on the screen it's supposed to be there and in that world it's 'real'.
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RE: believable old age make-up? - 13/1/2014 4:40:11 PM   
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RE: believable old age make-up? - 13/1/2014 4:48:24 PM   
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Citizen Kane is probably the best one I can think of, although BTTF 2 is another one that's ok. Today, Thomas F. Wilson does kind of look like middle-aged Biff from the films.

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RE: believable old age make-up? - 13/1/2014 4:52:00 PM   
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If you look at how Robert DeNiro looks now then the old age makeup in Once upon a time in America is outstanding

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RE: believable old age make-up? - 13/1/2014 8:50:29 PM   
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De Niro's makeup in OUATIA is excellent...

Not a film, but the DOCTOR WHO episode 'The Girl who Waited' (I think that's what it was called) has fantastic makeup on Karen Gillan...

Whereas the makeup on the Harry Potter kids in the last HP movie was just embarrassing... just when did the BBC have better makeup artists than a multimillion blockbuster francise?

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RE: believable old age make-up? - 13/1/2014 9:50:20 PM   
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Marlon Brando in the Godfather and Max Von Sydow in the Exorcist are two outstanding examples of this especially when you consider how old the actors were at the time. It was the same make up artist too Dick Smith.
He also memorably aged David Bowie in the Hunger.

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RE: believable old age make-up? - 14/1/2014 1:51:05 PM   
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this tradition is not working anymore.
better to cast young/old versions of a character such as in 'railway man'.

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RE: believable old age make-up? - 14/1/2014 1:55:16 PM   
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I thought Patrick Wilson's old age makeup in Insidious Chapter 2 was great.

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RE: believable old age make-up? - 14/1/2014 8:11:41 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: chewbacasnapsak

Marlon Brando in the Godfather and Max Von Sydow in the Exorcist are two outstanding examples of this especially when you consider how old the actors were at the time. It was the same make up artist too Dick Smith.
He also memorably aged David Bowie in the Hunger.


When I was a kid I just assumed that was what Brando actually looked like. It was years before I realised Vito Corleone and the fat bloke at the beginning of Superman were the same person.


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RE: believable old age make-up? - 14/1/2014 8:17:11 PM   
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Was JGL in Looper CGI or make-up? Whichever, it looked pretty convincing. He looked strange, for sure, but it was well done.

Idris Elba in Mandela surprisingly wasn't too bad either. The problem the film had was that there's no make-up to cover up how big the guy's body is.

Then there's always Irving Zisman

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RE: believable old age make-up? - 14/1/2014 8:27:55 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Whistler

Was JGL in Looper CGI or make-up?



The older version? I do believe that was an actor




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RE: believable old age make-up? - 14/1/2014 10:16:13 PM   
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Cant think of many good ones at the minute,but can certainly think of the bad (Prometheus,J. Edgar..)

Keir Dullea make-up in 2001: A Space Odyssey was expertly subtle,in my opinion.

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RE: believable old age make-up? - 15/1/2014 6:30:41 AM   
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Another one I liked was F. Murray Abraham's makeup as old Salieri in Amadeus.

I think the problem with age makeup is sometimes it's decided that, in order to age somebody, you have to add layer upon layer of makeup and latex to add wrinkles, and then end up with a face that's "bigger" than the younger one.

In reality that's not really what happens. Unless you put on weight as you get older, the face will become more gaunt and the skin becomes looser, taking on a thinner appearance.

I don't know what the solution would be, except perhaps to not bother doing it and instead stick to thinning and greying the hair, making the skin appear dry and crackly etc.

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RE: believable old age make-up? - 15/1/2014 9:17:22 AM   
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DiCaprio's was pretty good in J.Edgar.

Sadly, Armie Hammer's was not.

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