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Hollywood and Disney movies: was it easy for the actors?

Barbara Fava

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Hollywood is amazing.

Thanks to this magical neighborhood of Los Angeles, the whole world can enjoy the movies and tv series that we are all fans of.

But what if the stars could tell us the truth behind the live-action movies from Disney?

We fall in love repeatedly with these remakes of the most famous cartoons, but how hard is it to bring to life our favorite characters?

Some of the prosthetics and costumes used in the Hollywood remakes are spectacular.

But also painful to carry around for months.

I have been researching some of the movies, and this is what I found out.

Cruella.

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But what about Cruella De Vil, the villain? How was she in real life?

In 1961, 101 Dalmatians was released, and it became an instant hit.

The movie is a live-action remake of a Disney classic animated movie from 1956 that is still as popular today as it was back then.

But did you know that the high fashion and glamourous outfits that Emma Stone, the actress who portrays Cruella, was wearing, were extremely heavy and complicated to move around with?

The actress who came back to Los Angeles in 2016, after living for a short time in the Greenwich Village in New York, has vivid memories of her Cruella moments.

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Creating Cruella in the makeup room.Disney

The dress she wears in the trash truck scene needed the help of the vehicle for her to be able to flee the scene.

The train dress was forty feet long and incredibly heavy.

Cruella premiered in Los Angeles on May 18, 2021, the first major red carpet event since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and was released in the United States theatrically and simultaneously available on Disney+ with Premier Access on May 28.

The Beauty and the Beast.

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One of the most popular is the love story between the human and graceful Belle and the Beast, under a magic spell hiding his real human nature.

The actor Dan Stevens took the role of the Beast.

He had to walk around wearing stilts and a forty-pound prosthetic muscle suit covered with visual indicators to track his movements.

Imagine having to take the stairs with this equipment.

But Hollywood is Hollywood, and they gave us a great performance.

Maleficent.

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Angelina Jolie in Maleficent.Disney

Working sixteen hours a day in tight costumes, doing stunts in the air, and having thick and pulling prosthetics is not what we would call a fairy tale.

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent had to wear prosthetics horns, cheekbones, nose, ears made in silicon, and the harness that allowed her to film the flying scenes.

The Los Angeles-based actress recalls how the first days she was keeping on ending up stuck everywhere with the horns.

The movie has received mixed reviews, but it knows how to make fans go crazy thanks to its amazing CGI-filled cast.

However, the amount of work that goes into the glamorous movie is sometimes too much for some of them.

Alice in Wonderland.

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Like in the case of Helena Bonham-Carter; and her role as the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.

Her head was edited in post-production, making it three times bigger than a human head.

The actress also had to wear a prosthetic head to make her hairline all the way to the middle of her head and make it bigger.

Jhonny Depp had his doses of uncomfortable moments on the set as well.

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Johnny Depp in Alice in WonderlandDisney

Believe it or not, the special effects for the movie had to do with latex, acrylics, glass eyes, teeth, contacts...All the things you would want to take them off as soon as possible after having put them on.

Cinderella.

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To end our list of Disney movies filled with Hollywood stars having trouble with their costumes: the famous blue gown of Cinderella.

Lily James, the actress who gave life to the Disney princess, recalled how her waist was made smaller by a corset so tight that she could barely breathe with it.

It took twenty minutes every time to take it on and off.

And in case you were wondering, yes, the shoes you see in the movie are real ones.

But due to the material, a shimmering glass dotted with Swarovski diamonds, the shoes were highly uncomfortable and impossible to walk with.

Therefore in the scenes where she wears them, the shoes were recreated in post-production.

Our Hollywood beauties go through a lot while filming to let us appreciate our favorite tales on the big screen.

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Italian as the espresso and currently based in Belgium, born in 1986 in Milan, I work as a communication specialist, a blogger as well as a professional sports announcer, mainly for motocross and freestyle motocross. I post about beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and travels. I have been living in Los Angeles and Mexico City until 2019, where I worked as a stunt woman, to relocate then back to Europe.

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