We’re back to our horror favorite Stephen King. His 1986 novel “It” introduced us to creepy clown Pennywise, whose shape shifting powers brought unending terror to the children of Derry, Maine. The first actor to become this clown was Tim Curry for the 1990 television miniseries, and for the two-part movie series it was Bill Skarsgard.
Both excel at creepy characters, but the design is slightly different, with Curry’s version being a little more colorful, which hides the evil brewing inside the character, and Skarsgard’s version being more muted and outwardly creepy. How much makeup did it require to get into character, we wonder?
Batman and Bane Coming to Blows
Actor Tom Hardy is a hunk and a heartthrob, but when he put on the mask and the military-inspired outfit of Bane for the third installation of the Christopher Nolan Batman series, 'Dark Knight Rises', Hardy became a violent and brutal villain.
His mask gave his voice an unmistakable timbre, and he even managed to bring Batman down and cast him into the darkness. He almost manages to bring down the entire city of Gotham, until Bruce Wayne seemingly makes the ultimate sacrifice to keep the city safe. Why don't you go ahead and guess how the actors acted when off camera?
Having a Laugh with the Bat
We hope that Tom Hardy returned to his normal voice when joking around with Batman/Bruce Wayne actor Christian Bale, since it looks like they did it often enough. The two characters are mortal enemies in the movie, but clearly the actors themselves are good friends. This image, which shows part of the big mob scene that takes place in the third act, has Bale and Hardy chuckling while the next shot is set up.
Bane and the Bat are all smiles here, but once the cameras start rolling they're going to start delivering powerful blows to each other again.
Sit Still, Bill
Not only did they need to sit in the makeup chair for a few hours just to get ready for the day, but every time they got a smudge or had a little bit of mishap, they had to take another seat so the makeup people could make things perfect.
Bill Skarsgard may have plenty of creepy qualities and acting skills, but as we see here, even he needs help to get the right look to scare the Losers Club silly. But how scary is a clown when we see them without his face paint?
Big Things Come in Small Packages
'The Lord of the Rings' movies are beloved by book fans and movie aficionados alike for the amazing story, incredible scenes, and memorable moments spread throughout, as well as the frankly amazing amount of work required for each of the three movies.
The hobbits are well-loved as well, since these little folk stand alongside towering elves, men, and even the bigger dwarves. They faced down orcs, armies, giant spiders, and the fires of Mount Doom and their own doubts to emerge victorious at the end of the story.