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Old December 22 2013, 02:27 AM   #16
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

I imagine the irritation might HELP me to play a Klingon. Otherwise, no, probably not. Certainly not on a regular basis.
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Old December 22 2013, 05:26 AM   #17
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

I could handle the makeup and prosthetics, but the acting? NOPE.

Now, if it were a non-speaking part, like a bodyguard or something, then sure. I think I could do a mean Morn.
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Old December 25 2013, 01:44 AM   #18
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

I got a laugh when Rene Auberjonois said wearing the Odo makeup felt a bit like having a cold all the time. I don't remember which video he said it in.

I don't know if I could handle wearing alien mask stuff. Small pieces? Okay. But I have trouble with those rubbery masks on Halloween. I'm not claustrophobic, but I hate feeling that sweaty stuff on my skin, eeew!
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Old December 25 2013, 07:24 AM   #19
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

Back when I dressed up for Halloween it was kinda fun, but by the end of the night, I was ready for the makeup to come off. As a living, not sure I would want to do that day to day, but depending on the paycheck, I could be motivated.
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Old December 25 2013, 05:17 PM   #20
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I'm phobic about contact lenses, so that would probably be a deal-breaker . . . .
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Old December 25 2013, 05:20 PM   #21
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

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I'm phobic about contact lenses, so that would probably be a deal-breaker . . . .
Irrationally phobic, or reasonably concerned about something you haven't experienced? In other words, could you get used to it if you started doing it?

Personally, I wear glasses and HATE the idea of sticking something in my eye like that, but given that I know so many other people who do it, I think I could get used to it if I had to.
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Old December 25 2013, 05:34 PM   #22
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I'm phobic about contact lenses, so that would probably be a deal-breaker . . . .
Irrationally phobic, or reasonably concerned about something you haven't experienced? In other words, could you get used to it if you started doing it?

Personally, I wear glasses and HATE the idea of sticking something in my eye like that, but given that I know so many other people who do it, I think I could get used to it if I had to.
Irrationally phobic. I get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about putting something in my eyes . . . even though I realize billions of people do it every day.
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Old December 25 2013, 08:50 PM   #23
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

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I'm phobic about contact lenses, so that would probably be a deal-breaker . . . .
Irrationally phobic, or reasonably concerned about something you haven't experienced? In other words, could you get used to it if you started doing it?

Personally, I wear glasses and HATE the idea of sticking something in my eye like that, but given that I know so many other people who do it, I think I could get used to it if I had to.
Irrationally phobic. I get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about putting something in my eyes . . . even though I realize billions of people do it every day.
Same here. You run the risk of putting your eye out with those things, rendering them ironic.

As for the Star Trek make-up, good God no. But then, I hate using "normal" grooming products of any kind on my body. For some reason, they make me itch. About the best I can do is toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. All of which I would give up if they weren't "neccesities".

What can I say? Sensitive skin, and all that.......
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Old December 26 2013, 01:33 PM   #24
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

I can't even handle acting, which is why, in my theatre days, I only appeared in front of an audience twice. Give me backstage work every time.

Mind you, I don't even do normal makeup, although I don't mind wearing costumes. That's something you get used to in the SCA.
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Old December 26 2013, 10:08 PM   #25
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

I've heard it's not even the latex pieces that can cause problems. I've heard cases on other Sci-Fi shows where even the colored skin makeup caused medical issues (Virginia Hey on "Farscape" developed kidney problems from the blue face paint she used for her character.)

LeVar Burton has complained that wearing the Visor prop caused him vision issues.
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Old December 26 2013, 10:23 PM   #26
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

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Irrationally phobic. I get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about putting something in my eyes . . . even though I realize billions of people do it every day.
Oh hell yes. One of my friends used to tease me when she put her contact lenses in because even noticing her do that was enough to squick me out.

Barring contacts, I could probably handle the prosthetics but just wouldn't want to be on that side of the camera.
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Old December 26 2013, 10:38 PM   #27
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I've heard it's not even the latex pieces that can cause problems. I've heard cases on other Sci-Fi shows where even the colored skin makeup caused medical issues (Virginia Hey on "Farscape" developed kidney problems from the blue face paint she used for her character.)

LeVar Burton has complained that wearing the Visor prop caused him vision issues.
One of the actors on ANDROMEDA had to quit the show because the heavy alien makeup was causing health issues. And I believe that Roddy McDowall had skin issues from doing so many PLANET OF THE APES movies and TV episodes . . . .
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Old December 26 2013, 11:21 PM   #28
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

The 'acting romantic' in me says it wouldn't be any problem at all when the reality is that I would probably walk off the set. I've always hated having to wear cam paint day in and day out - I can only imagine how actors makeup and prosthetics would be. And I fully agree on the contacts 'thing'. I've worn glasses for years and can't imagine putting lenses directly on my eyes.
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Old December 27 2013, 12:05 AM   #29
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

I absolutely CAN and COULD handle acting in heavy prothetics and make-up. Hollywood loves making this big deal about how hard it is to act this way, when, in fact ... it isn't. It just isn't. Darth Vader comes off as charasmatic and sometimes even dangerous - all under a solid, plastic helmet. It's nothing but a thing ...
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Old December 27 2013, 01:55 AM   #30
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IIRC Rene Auberjonois teaches/has taught an acting class at Julliard called "Mask" -- my understanding is that it's a class that focuses on acting with your entire body in-character, without relying on facial expression as your primary method of characterization.

Served him well, he said, acting in DS9 under the Odo mask.
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