Magazine article Variety

Changing Faces to Serve History and Horror

Magazine article Variety

Changing Faces to Serve History and Horror

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WHETHER A SHOW takes you into a kitschy horror universe or on a journey through the most controversial and tragic parts of American history, hair and makeup teams must fashion the masks actors use to take us on the journey. This year that often meant delving deep into realistic looks or striking an exaggerated pose.

"Roots," shown on History, HBO's "All the WayT Cinemax's "The Knick" and PBS'"Mercy Street" each take us to a real place that has been documented. The inspiration started there.

"We shaved [Bryan Cranston's] hair every day because he has a great head of hair but (President) Lyndon Johnson's hair was thinning and he had a bald spot, and that's a big part of the look of LBJ," says Anne Morgan, hair department head for "All the Way"

Men's hair was also a consideration on "Mercy Street" and "The Knick." The era of both shows demanded certain looks; facial hair in particular held a lot of meaning.

"You're better off if an actor can grow his own beard because of HD, which can show lots of flaws," says Ashley Fetterman, makeup head for "Mercy Street. …

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