Love Larson and Eva Von Bahr Q&A: ‘The 100 Year-Old Man’ makeup
Love Larson and Eva Von Bahr, the makeup artists behind “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” readily admitted during our recent webcam chat to being shocked by being recognized by the academy. “We thought that we wouldn’t get nominated,” divulges Larson, “because the films we were competing against were such huge studio films.”
This Swedish comedy about a centenarian who escapes from a nursing home joined heavy-hitters “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” as one of the three Oscar nominees in the makeup and hairstyling category. Upon hearing the news, Von Bahr says, “We just started to scream, and we screamed and screamed and screamed. We just couldn’t help ourselves.”
Larson and Von Bahr first became involved in the project through producer Malte Forsell, who had worked with them before on David Fincher’s remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011). The film required the two not only to transform one of Sweden’s most popular comedians, the then 47-year-old Robert Gustafsson, into a convincing senior citizen, but to show his character at various other stages of his life.
“We thought, this is a huge job,” admits Larson. “If we failed this film, we would never work again in Sweden. It’s a suicide mission.” The two explained that they several hours everyday applying various prosthetics to Gustafsson, keeping diligent notes about what pieces to use for each stage.
“It was quite hard,” admits Von Bahr, “but also a lot of fun. Robert really did enjoy the makeup in his different stages, and thought that we really helped him to be able to play all of those different ages.”