Throughout his illustrious movie career, Leonardo DiCaprio has acted out some pretty tough scenarios: freezing to death in the Arctic, surviving a grisly (and grizzly?) bear attack and getting lost (possibly forever) in a dream. But when it came to shooting his new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, there was one aspect of his role that he truly hated.
According to the 44-year-old Oscar winner’s longtime makeup artist, Sian Grigg, his fake mustache drove him crazy while filming.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Grigg explained, “The mustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth.” That does, in fact, seem annoying.
She went on to say that this frustration proved to be useful while DiCaprio was filming a certain scene: “It was so hot out and the mustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit,” she recalled. “It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”
Grigg was quick to point out that the exaggerated mustache was meant to “look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now.” Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969, so as Grigg said, “It was correct for the period.”
So where did the makeup department find inspiration for Leo’s stache? “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognizable, which in the movie he’s not used to,” Grigg said. His character is loosely based on late actor Burt Reynolds, who rocked a mustache with true finesse.
Seems like this whole facial hair thing won’t be permanent for DiCaprio. His mustache has yet to publicly respond.