Do you ever look at photos from earlier decades and think that everyone looks incredibly old, not just in a sepia-toned-and-wearing-hats way, but also like they have aged well beyond their years? Like the eighteen year old boys going off to fight in the Great War look about 35, and everyone's great-grandparents look late forties in their wedding photos but were in actual fact 22? I'd always assumed this was because of poorer nutrition and harder times in general, but after my experience as a 1940s extra in my husband's movie today, I'm thinking it was poorer nutrition and harder times to some extent, but the lion's share of the blame lies with the the hair, clothes and makeup - not to mention those godforsaken nylons!
We could be seeing dad off to war at the docks - if it weren't for the giveaway 2013 catering truck in the background. And my fluoro orange toenails (not seen onscreen).
I walked into the wardrobe and makeup trailers looking like my usual shaggy haired, bare-faced self, clad in a pair of metallic short shorts which the little dude disparagingly said made me look "like Barbie going to a ball with a Man Barbie." and walked out looking matronly, mumsy and twenty years older (although the little dude swore blind that I looked exactly like Princess Leia). I looked very authentic, thanks to the super talented women of the costume and makeup departments, but it was a time warp in more ways than one!
Portrait of the Matinee Idol as a Young Man.
The little dude was completely thrilled with his costume and forties haircut though, he made a request that I find clothes for him like this on an ongoing basis. Not sure exactly how that would go down with his peers here on the Goldy, but he's a brave and plucky lad and seemingly impervious to peer group pressure, so who can say?
An old pro in the makeup trailer.
Apart from the costume, the food, the opportunity to use the camera controls, and the chance to meet lots of new and interesting people, I think the little dude was most excited to see his dad at work. I know I always get a thrill seeing my man in his element, and watching him grow and really spread his wings further as a director with every job he does is a wonderful thing for his old lady to see!
King of the Catering Unit.
Stage door urchin.
Patty and Visible Monday, because when the movie screens I think part of my nose and knee will be visible!