‘Bombshell’: How Kazu Hiro Transformed Charlize Theron and John Lithgow Into Megyn Kelly and Roger Ailes
Oscar-winning prosthetic makeup artist Kazu Hiro (“Darkest Hour”) has become a wiz at tackling real-life celebrities, and he’s the frontrunner again this year for achieving multiple feats of mastery on Jay Roach’s “Bombshell”: transforming John Lithgow as Roger Ailes, the late Fox News honcho forced out for his predatory sexual harassment, and producer/co-star Charlize Theron as former anchor Megyn Kelly.Yet the challenges and obstacles were so great that Hiro and his Oscar-nominated team were required to push the limits of their craft.
That’s because Lithgow and Theron don’t very much resemble Ailes and Kelly.
And while the strategy for transforming Lithgow was not a precise recreation, Theron wanted to look as much like Kelly as possible.“When we do likeness makeup in a film, it’s always a question of how close they want to make the actors into the actual person, and
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