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11.04.08 43 Comments

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (trailer here), starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Fincher, based on a 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man born old who ages in reverse, opens Christmas Day, and looks pretty badass.  Therefore I don’t want to read the full NY Times feature on it, lest it give anything away.  Meanwhile, the LA Times had this picture and an explanation from Fincher:

“You’re looking at Brad’s CG face on another person’s body. To my way of thinking, it all has to be a knock out,” Fincher said of the shifts from age to age and from computer effects to practical make up. “You have to make it all work. The whole thing that we called the hand offs — you’ve got to make it all seem like the same guy, and one of the things that was key was Brad is in every frame. The CG stuff is motion-capture, and it has to be his performance.”

If I was friends with this makeup artist guy, I’d hire him to make my wife up like an 80-year-old man or a miniature Brad Pitt before we f-cked.  Hey, it never hurts to spice shit up.

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