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Old December 27 2013, 02:09 AM   #31
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

I've the full Narn makeup and the full Cyberman gear a couple of times, and that was in Britain in winter and was stewing... I have to give full props to those who do it under studio lights in SoCal!

In fact I got the chance to tell Andreas Katsulas that while G'Kar had always been my favourite character in B5, my respect for him had multiplied tenfold when I wore the full kit for a weekend or two for a fanvid and found out what it was really like...
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Old December 27 2013, 06:00 AM   #32
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LeVar Burton has complained that wearing the Visor prop caused him vision issues.
I'm not surprised. They should have had his character go through some kind of medical procedure early in the series so the actor wouldn't have to suffer through that.
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Old December 27 2013, 07:16 AM   #33
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

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LeVar Burton has complained that wearing the Visor prop caused him vision issues.
I'm not surprised. They should have had his character go through some kind of medical procedure early in the series so the actor wouldn't have to suffer through that.
True, Steve Austin had a bionic eye made with 1972 technology, so you would think that by the 24th century...well, Geordi did finally get to trade in his visor for artificial eyes by First Contact.
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Old December 28 2013, 08:05 AM   #34
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

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I can't even talk in front of a group of people without feeliing like I'm going to pass out, so I assume that adding a claustrophobic, heavy latex prosthetic would probably just make me wet myself before passing out.
Or it could help you get over your performance anxiety. I know the best thing I ever did in high school was taking drama as an extracurricular activity. Sure, it can make you nervous if you're afraid of messing up your lines, but you're playing a part, and people are judging you based on how well you play it, not who you are.

Live action movies and tv are a different beast altogether, because you can spend all day shooting just one scene, in front of a few dozen people at most.

Back on topic, I have very sensitive skin, to the point that I normally don't wear any makeup at all, so I doubt I could wear prosthetics for long either. I also have this phobia about getting things in my eyes, so I'm certain I couldn't wear contacts.

But if my skin would cooperate, I think playing a Vulcan or Bajoran might be possible for a few days.
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Old December 28 2013, 04:41 PM   #35
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

I tried contacts once and had an allergic reaction. Non-starter for me.

It seems Trek latex makeup breaks down into four basic categories:
1) Small rubber bits (e.g., Bajoran, Vulcan)
2) Large part of face (e.g. Klingon)
3) Full face (e.g. Cardassian, Odo)
4) Full head (e.g. Ferengi)

I could handle (1), but not sure about (2)-(4).

Apparently, during the filming of the DS9 S5 opener, Colm Meaney was complaining about how horrible the Klingon makeup was... Only for Rene A to come onto set and say what a *relief* it was compared to his usual Odo makeup!
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Old December 29 2013, 05:09 PM   #36
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I can see why they had to settle for "forehead-only" mods on a great many actors, enough so that it became a joke.

(It's funny how every major movie or TV show that involves elaborate makeup was always shot in the summertime of a particularly hot year. You'd think that they'd try filming in the other months sometime. Or maybe that's just the way the actors remember it.)
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Old December 29 2013, 05:37 PM   #37
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

Could handle it. Would handle it for actor's pay. Unpleasant, fo sho. But doable. There would be fun to it too (i.e. acting, acting with fun people on a fun show, adding to the resumé etc.).
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Old December 29 2013, 10:59 PM   #38
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

Nope, not for me. I can handle heat OK, but only if there's air circulation. Stifle me in a costume or make-up like that and I am done for.
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Old December 30 2013, 07:26 AM   #39
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

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LeVar Burton has complained that wearing the Visor prop caused him vision issues.
I'm not surprised. They should have had his character go through some kind of medical procedure early in the series so the actor wouldn't have to suffer through that.
True, Steve Austin had a bionic eye made with 1972 technology, so you would think that by the 24th century...well, Geordi did finally get to trade in his visor for artificial eyes by First Contact.
LaForge's VISOR enabled him to essentially be a walking tricorder--he could see far more than regular sighted people did. Ocular implants that could give normal sight were already available at the time TNG began (Dr. Pulaski had performed surgeries with them in the past), but none were available yet that could let him see all up and down the EM bandwidth like a VISOR could. The moment that happened, LaForge switched to the implants.
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Old December 30 2013, 05:46 PM   #40
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

hmm.. I could handle Worf/Klingon make-up, but not sure about Borg.
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Old December 30 2013, 10:15 PM   #41
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Re: Could YOU handle acting in heavy alien prosthetics?

I would probably try, but it would be a no-no for contacts.

I don't think I could handle it for long (many episodes), though, due to skin problems. I have serious problems now, so I don't even want to think what (possibly irreversible) damage could rubber glued to me do.
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