Zoe Saldana Was Uneasy Being Green and Other Stories of Movie Makeup Messes
Zoe Saldana gave new meaning to the phrase “going green” while shooting Guardians of the Galaxy (in theaters Friday). For her role as alien bounty hunter Gamora, the star was covered in green makeup — and as she explained on Live with Kelly and Michael, it didn’t exactly wash off at the end of the day.
“I would go home and soak myself in a tub of hot water and then all this green would just come out from my insides — I have no idea, like my pores were green, the pillow was green, my dog was green, the apartment that we were renting was green,” Saldana said. “I was like ‘Oh my God! For a month, I would blow my nose [it was green]! Will this ever stop?’”
The actress had previously told Us Weekly that her blue-skinned Avatar role was much easier than Guardians, since at least Avatar was done in CGI. "Blue was easier," Saldana said. “I never even had to get make up done. I just showed up and then they did everything in post.” She’s hardly the only performer to struggle with body makeup. Here are five other actors who had a tough time with their extreme movie makeovers.
Jennifer Lawrence in the X-Men films
It took a team of makeup artists seven hours to turn Lawrence into blue shapeshifter Mystique for X-Men: First Class, reportedly inspiring the actress to nickname her character “Mystink.” By X-Men: Days of Future Past, the process had been refined to three hours, but still had its headaches. “I always have a little bit of blue somewhere,” Lawrence told Jimmy Fallon. “Before it was kind of like everywhere. Now it’s just kind of like on my hands and ears. I look like I have a bizarre fungus.”