Quebec’s Adrien Morot snags Oscar nomination for his work on ‘The Whale’ | Globalnews.ca

Adrien Morot, a Montreal-born make-up artist, woke as much as an e mail Tuesday morning from his “good buddy: Brendan Fraser.”


The Hollywood actor was writing to congratulate Morot on his Oscar nomination for his work on The Whale.

“I used to be nonetheless very groggy. I used to be like, ‘What’s occurring right here?’,” Morot stated.

Earlier than replying to Fraser, nonetheless, Morot had some issues he wanted to do.

“I went to take a look at the information to see if he was nominated in order that I may reply rapidly and he was,” Morot stated, including the pair exchanged a number of jokes.

Fraser snagged a nomination within the Finest Actor in a Main Function class, for his portrayal of Charlie — a 600 lb man, who tries to construct a relationship along with his estranged daughter Ellie, performed by Sadie Sink.

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Morot was nominated within the Make-up and Hairstyling class and is liable for Fraser’s radical bodily transformation.

Morot stated when he was first approached by The Whale director Darren Aronofsky, with whom he’s collaborated previously, he was advised he had a five-week window by which to develop the character.

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After studying the script, Morot began constructing a picture financial institution of what individuals with Charlie’s situation would appear to be. He additionally researched what different make-up artists earlier than him had achieved.

“It’s all the time a place to begin,” he defined, including that’s the way you study what could be achieved and the way far you’ll be able to push issues.

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However what rapidly struck him was that motion pictures by which overweight characters had been depicted had been usually comedies or science-fiction motion pictures.

“Each time these sorts of make-up have been achieved previously, it was all the time just like the character was the butt of the joke,” he stated.

That’s when Morot realized he would wish greater than 5 weeks to have the ability to do the character and the storyline justice.

“It’s a heavy drama,” he stated of the movie. “It could’t be a joke. It can’t be. It can’t be any of those different motion pictures that I’ve seen.”

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It was necessary to Morot to method the the subject from a spot of empathy.


Brendan Fraser as Charlie in “The Whale”.


Courtesy Adrien Morot

So he did what wanted to be achieved and received down on his knees and begged for extra time.

“And so we ended up with 12 weeks to construct the entire physique prosthetics and facial prosthetics for the character,” Morot stated.

Constructing the prosthetics is just one a part of the problem. The following one is placing them on.

The primary make-up take a look at, the place Fraser was reworked into Charlie, took seven hours.

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Morot remembers how Aronofsky then prompt that possibly it wasn’t crucial to make use of all of the prosthetics and that possibly padding may work.

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Morot, nonetheless, argued in opposition to and received his case.

The crew ultimately managed to get make-up all the way down to lower than three and a half hours, not together with the time it takes on the finish of the day to take away all of it — a course of that takes about an hour.


Brendan Fraser within the make-up chair for ‘The Whale.’.


Courtesy Adrien Morot

Furthermore, the prosthetics can solely be worn as soon as and should be continuously remade, which generally is a painstaking course of.

Firstly of the film, Charlie sports activities what Morot described as a “scruffy beard.”

“To do this within the prosthetics, all these hairs have to be punched in one by one.”

Morot dispelled any fable in regards to the job being glamourous.

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“It’s very onerous work,” he stated, joking that the interview requests he acquired Tuesday morning are about as glamourous because it will get.

However he’s OK with that. Morot stated he’s happiest when he’s busy working round with issues to do and stuff to repair.

In reality, whereas profitable an Oscar could be good, Morot is slightly apprehensive.

“I hope that I’m not going to should stroll on stage and make a idiot of myself,” he stated.

Whereas Morot relies out of Los Angeles for work, he divides his time between L.A. and Montreal, the place his spouse and two sons stay.

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He credit his hometown for jumpstarting his profession and says as a result of Montreal’s movie group is small, it might probably do the identical for others.

“I believe that you’ve got much more possibilities of impressing massive title producers and administrators that could be coming … from out of city. And when you can impress them and or impress them sufficient that they keep in mind you, properly, that may be a fantastic launching pad for a a global profession.”

That is Morot’s second Oscar nomination. He was nominated in 2011 for the movie Barney’s Model.