Catching up with quite a bit of extra stuff in the last few days. Glimpses BTS are always exciting, and you can bet that I *immediately* saved and screen shot all those detail shots of Ray Levine’s shop/flat when the set designer posted those. But those have to wait for another day – I need to gather my thoughts on all that photography pron in those shots 😍. So today is really a catch-up with the make-up department. If you are on Twitter, you have already seen it, but nevertheless, the pictures are quite swoon-worthy, so here goes.
Sam Marshall, the hair and make-up designer, documented her splendid work here. Make sure you click through all the images in the embedded IG post above because it ends on a mini video where she films “early Ray” 360°. (And yes, “it” talks, too, even though just briefly.)
From this angle, the hair style looks decent – and the wig is very convincing, I must say. I had wondered whether they had actually cut his hair and shot out of sequence, or whether this was a wig. They caught his hair colour really well, and in this little clip it really sits quite nicely on Mr A’s pretty head. – Even though I think RA looks quite convincing when his hair is coloured Thornton-black, I do actually think the dark-blond/brownish tone suits him well, too.
If you look through the following post that feature RA with Ray’s tattoos, his hair looks almost as if highlighted with some blond strands.
My subjective response to the different styles of early Ray and later Ray, however, was that I didn’t really buy his earlier style. I understand why they gave him a different hair style – they needed to make him visually different so that the viewer understood that this was the Ray of 17 years ago. To me the shorter hair made him look older than younger, though. And for me it also didn’t really quite mesh with *my* image of a supposedly happy and successful/promising photographer. The whole look, including the costume choices for earlier Ray, was a bit too “grandpa” for my taste, and did not fit the “unconventional artist in love with the stripper” kind of guy.
Overall, they did well with Ray’s look, though. Washed-out or not, that whole super-casual look with hoodies and leather jackets really did remind me of some of my ex-colleagues. The tats were a nice visual – although to me it does not make sense that somebody would tattoo images on their skin of places that they cannot remember, or of events that he isn’t sure about himself. Why carry that reminder with you? And in any case, how does the clean-cut, perfect son-in-law suddenly turn into a tat-loving, walking work of art? Ah well, I guess it’s all explained by the traumatic and life-changing experience…
Anyway, massive thank you to the make-up artist for documenting her work. It is great to see the details up close.