Akshay said, “It was a very challenging role and it took a toll on my body. But the pain and sacrifice was worth it. My character required around 4 hours of prosthetic make-up and another hour and a half to remove it. In my whole career, I’ve never put so much of make-up.”
This stalwart makeup artist is one of the many hardworking people from New Zealand who have benefited from Peter Jackson’s meteoric efforts to make the country a cinematic powerhouse. Starting with Jackson’s first foray into true drama, Foot was there as a prosthetics technician for the effects house Weta as it worked on “Heavenly Creatures.”
Akshay Kumar’s Robot 2 look has taken everyone by a surprise. The action king of Bollywood looked unrecognizable and way too scary in his recent avatar.
Talking about it, he told The Quint, “When you are shooting with prosthetics all over your body, the pores on your skin can’t breathe because there is no oxygen since your whole body is packed. So, for the five to six hours that I used to shoot, all the sweat used remain inside my body. When they use to remove the whole thing, I used to smell of sweat”.
2.0, the costliest film ever made in the history of Indian cinema, is gearing up for release this year. It is a known fact that the VFX effects of the film consumed the larger part of the film’s budget, since director Shankar was keen on setting a benchmark with the film.
Here’s a curiosity-buster from our end! Makeup artist, Sean Foot is the legend behind Akshay Kumar’s fiendish-vampire look and the Khiladi made sure that the artist’s work is accounted for by posting a video of the prosthetic makeup on his Twitter and Instagram account.
And true to his profession, Sean in the video made best use of his art skill rather than the special effects of technology to give Akshay Kumar, the look that will keep us up at night.
The makeup artist, Sean Foot the man behind James Cameron’s Avatar look, created this look for the Khiladi and gave him the distinct Crow Man look in 2.0.
Foot’s association with Weta continued doing home-grown effects for the popular Hercules television show, but his real claim to fame was at having his hand on someone’s foot – namely that of Sean Astin – as that actor’s prosthetic worker who was charged with putting Hobbit feet on. The joke was an amusing one: Sean Foot put feet on Sean Astin. Though he was visibly tired of this joke by the time Foot’s behind-the-scenes footage was taped for the DVD of “Fellowship of the Ring,” this hardworking makeup artist surely will be remembered as having stood a head above the rest.
International make up artist Sean Foot was appointed to do the makeup and the movie’s trailer suggests he has done a fantastic job! As per the reports, it took 6 hours for Akshay Kumar to wear the prosthetics!
Apart from the stellar star cast, the film also boasts of a powerful behind-the-scenes team. Sean Foot is the makeup artist, Kenny Bates has been roped in to direct action sequences. 2.0 is also being hailed as the first Indian film to have been shot entirely in 3D technology.
Though Akshay Kumar has starred in several South film remakes, this is the first time that the action superstar will be seen playing a mainstream role in a Tamil film, where he will be seen at logger heads with Rajinikanth in high-octane action scenes.