If we're going to the movies during the summer blockbuster season -- and a few of us are, is the word -- then we see the creative talents and hard work of make-up effects houses much on display.
But what those locally based make-up shops do when they're not creating giant lizards and spooky ghouls and other monsters made from latex and foam is a mystery to many. Once every so often, though, one gets a little peek inside the magic and finds that it is, well, magical.
Acclaimed Glendale make-up effects house Spectral Motion recently made up Ron Perlman as Hellboy, a character the actor has played twice in the Guillermo del Toro-helmed films. But this time the multi-hour make-up was for a different reason: A young boy wanted to meet the hulking comics star and Ron Perlman and Spectral Motion were happy to oblige.
Zachary's dream meeting was set up by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Some details from the day? Mr. Perlman sat for several hours in the make-up chair as he did when the movies were in production; adding to the excitement was the fact that Zachary, too, got made-up in Hellboy's famous red make-up.
Let us also give big props the make-up artists who gave their talent and time to transforming the star and Zachary: Mike and Eden Elizalde and Lufeng Qu and the whole Spectral Motion team. We'll applaud you, for sure, next time we see you in some film's credits.