The look that David Fincher, visual-effects supervisor Eric Barba, and special makeup-effects artist Greg Cannom devised for Benjamin as a child resemble the later stages of progeria, a condition technically named Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, a rare disease that makes its young sufferers appear aged.
Greg Cannom is like a real-life Jaqen H’ghar of Game of Thrones, except that he can’t change face in a jiffy; the veteran special makeup effects artist from Hollywood is the man behind some of the unbelievable makeup transformations in movies, from Dracula (1992) to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). The multiple Academy Award winner’s name has become more familiar to Indians these days, as his Bollywood projects – Fan and Kapoor & Sons have been trending on social media, because of the phenomenal makeup transformation Shah Rukh Khan and Rishi Kapoor have undergone in those movies.
Fan has Shah Rukh Khan in double role – as actor Aryan Khanna and his young fan, Gaurav. From the teaser, it is hard to believe that the role of the obsessive young college-going fan is played by the 50-year-old actor himself. Cannom has done a remarkable job in transforming King Khan with prosthetic jawline and dentures in the film.
Same goes with Rishi Kapoor in Kapoor & Sons; the 62-year-old actor looks very convincing for a grumpy 90-year-old grandfather in the movie.
Out of the four Oscars Cannom won, one was for Technical Achievement (2005), which he shared with Wesley Wofford for their introduction of special modified silicone material for makeup applications.
The modified silicone material helps render a more realistic result, as they not just blend in with the face like a second skin, but are flexible, without compromising the facial expressions of the actor. Applying the silicone layers takes hours, which means Shah Rukh and Rishi Kapoor had to sit still on a chair for five to six hours continuously.
Rishi Kapoor got introduced to the Hollywood’s makeup maestro while the latter was working for Fan. It was Rishi who suggested Cannom to Karan Johar and Shakun Batra for Kapoor & Sons.
Check out some of the phenomenal makeup works of Greg Cannom.
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Shah Rukh Khan (Fan, 2015)
Rishi Kapoor (Kappor & Sons, 2015)
Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, 2004)
Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993)
Gary Oldman (Dracula, 1992)
Gary Oldman (Hannibal, 2001)
Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008)