Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Gianetto di Rossi on Henry Fonda

Gianetto di Rossi (Makeup): Henry Fonda has the patience of a Carthusian monk, a quality he shares with a great many American and English actors. For certain scenes in the film he had to be made up to look thirty years younger. In addition to all the other makeup, I applied four layers of extremely rigid skin-tightener. He was very satisfied when Sergio Leone, encountering him on the set, greeted him without recognizing him. That evening, several layers of skin came off with the makeup. Well, the next morning he ordered me to make him up exactly the same way, and for love of the character, he endured this species of torture without complaining.

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