What with all this talk of Hollywood diets and the pressure to look thin in order to look good, it’s easy to forget that Anne Hathaway was actually on that starvation diet so she would look bad while playing an impoverished street prostitute in Les Miserables.
In a new featurette on the making of the film, the hair and makeup crew talk about their strategies for making the world of the French Revolution come to life. First on the agenda: helping Anne Hathaway to achieve Oscar-worthy levels of ugliness! “How can you make a beautiful woman not look beautiful?” the makeup artist asks. The answer: put her on an oatmeal paste diet, paint on some broken teeth, and give her a terrible haircut, for real, on camera. According to this clip, the haircut was actually Anne’s idea, and they tried to talk her out of it, but they couldn’t. My respect for her grows ever deeper.
They also discuss Jean Valjean, their template for those classic French whores, and how they made Helena Bonham Carter look even creepier than usual. It’s definitely worth watching if you’re into movie makeup and/or making pretty girls look ugly.