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Montreal-born Adrien Morot on successful an Oscar with ‘The Whale’ star Brendan Fraser

Adrien Morot, the Montreal-born make-up artist on The Whale, says his first Oscar wouldn’t imply as a lot if his buddy Brendan Fraser didn’t come away with some {hardware} of his personal.

“If I’d have gained and Brendan didn’t, in some methods, I’d have felt like I failed the film,” mentioned Morot on Tuesday, talking from his Los Angeles studio after portray a pair of prosthetic fingers and toes for one more venture.

“The make-up would have turn into a technicality — it is a film with coronary heart and it’s a film in regards to the performances of all of the actors, the good route of Darren Aronofsky, and sharing the Oscar with Brendan means the world.”

Morot gained finest make-up and hairstyling on the Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night time for his work on The Whale, alongside make-up artist Judy Chin and hairstylist Annemarie Bradley.

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In the meantime Fraser, who was born within the U.S. to Canadian dad and mom, earned a finest actor win for his flip as Charlie, a reclusive and morbidly overweight English instructor who makes an attempt to reconnect together with his estranged daughter.

To create the character’s look, the prosthetics workforce glued a number of thick items of silicone onto Fraser’s face and physique, earlier than making use of make-up.

Whereas The Whale has acquired awards consideration, the movie has additionally been criticized for the choice to place Fraser in a fats swimsuit, in addition to its depiction of Charlie and his weight, which some critics have known as fatphobic.

Morot acknowledged the complaints, saying that whereas he anticipated the adverse response throughout manufacturing, as knowledgeable with a long time of expertise he was solely pushed by his mission.

“I don’t have a political agenda in any respect. The one factor I need to do is do my work to the most effective of my talents and fulfil the necessities of me which are requested,” mentioned Morot.

He’s additionally pleased with the truth that his make-up and prosthetics work resonated with the Academy and audiences as a result of it carried out the operate it was meant to hold out.

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“The make-up did its job in depicting the emotional character that wanted to be on display screen, however it didn’t steal the present and allowed Brendan to shine by way of the items of rubber that have been glued on his face,” mentioned Morot. “My purpose after I create the character make-up is to supply a instrument for Brendan to painting Charlie the way in which he wished with out restrictions.”

Morot referred to the method of prosthetics design as “tremendous demanding” however vital to assist the actor get into the mindset of the character. Morot additionally wished to acknowledge two different members of the workforce — Kathy Tse and Chris Gallaher, who weren’t on the Oscar ticket however assisted him with the applying.

Though beauty computer-generated results in movie are wanted and able to remodeling the way in which actors seem on display screen, Morot mentioned on this case sporting the swimsuit helped Fraser perceive how Charlie strikes and feels.

“Sure, it may be simpler for an actor to not must get up at two within the morning to come back to the film set and apply make-up, however in addition they gained’t have the instruments to create the efficiency,” mentioned Morot. “You wouldn’t get that with particular results and that’s only a fact there.”

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For instance, Morot mentioned, earlier within the filming course of Fraser was given a light-weight model of the swimsuit in comparison with a heavier model designed to be 250 kilos, however selected the heavier design to assist him perceive Charlie higher.

“Aronofsky requested me to create a design that was not solely genuine when it comes to seems however he additionally mentioned, `I would like you to assist Brendan together with his efficiency,”’ mentioned Morot. “That’s once we created one thing to the burden of an actual particular person of that dimension.

“I’ve been doing this job for over 30 years and I’m really a stoic man and unemotional on set, however twice, on that film set, I had tears in my eyes watching Brendan act,” mentioned Morot. “He really owned that job.”

The Whale is Morot’s fifth collaboration with Aronofsky following Mom!, Noah,The Fountain, and White Boy Rick.

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Rafael Gomes de Azevedo
Rafael Gomes de Azevedo
He started his career as a columnist, contributing to the staff of a local blog. His articles with amusing views on everyday situations in the news soon became one of the main features of the current editions of the blog. For the divergences of thought about which direction the blog would follow. He left and founded three other great journalistic blogs,, and With a certain passion for writing, holder of a versatile talent, in addition to coordinating, directing, he writes fantastic scripts quickly, he likes to say that he writes for a select group of enthusiasts in love with serious and true writing.


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