“We were super excited,” admits makeup artist Eva von Bahr during our recent webcam chat (watch above) when asked about her second consecutive Oscar nomination for “A Man Called Ove.” “Everybody was screaming, shouting, running around, and behaving really strangely.” Von Bahr shares this bid with her husband, Love Larson. The duo received their first Academy Award nomination for another feat of aging makeup, “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window” (2015).
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Directed by Hannes Holm, the film stars Rolf Lassgard as a cantankerous old man whose life is brightened by new neighbors. Though Lassgard is the same age as his character in the film, Larson divulges, “Rolf looks so much younger, that when the director told us that he was the one to play Ove, we really thought we had a problem, because no one would think he is this grumpy man that lives in this suburb.” After researching various, “boring Swedes,” they realized that Lassgard’s full mane of hair was the first thing that needed to go. “It wasn’t intended to be like prosthetic makeup,” he adds, “but it ended up being our only chance to make Rolf into Ove.”
Larson and Von Bahr compete at the Oscars against “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” “A Man Called Ove” is also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
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