Stephen Prouty says the makeup work on “Bad Grandpa” was more demanding than most of the films he has worked on as it is a hidden camera movie. The hit comedy follows the cross-country trip of an 86-year-old grandfather (comedian Johnny Knoxville, aged more than four decades) and his grandson. The people they encounter are innocents who just happen to be in the wrong place at the right time when all sorts of pranks occur.
During our video chat below, Prouty readily admits: “The first day of shooting was the most nervous because we hadn’t tested that final makeup. We were on a golf course out in Ohio, and it was an early morning call. People were buying that this was a real old man, so there was definitely a sense of relief and elation that we pulled this off.”
For his efforts, the three-time Emmy nominee (“Castle,” “Angel,” and “Earth 2”) earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. He is part of the team competing against those from “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Lone Ranger.” (After you watch the chat, be sure to make your predictions in this category.)
Among his other film credits: “Men in Black 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Thor,” “Zombieland” and his personal favorite “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
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