Davina Lamont Interview: ‘Genius: Picasso’ makeup and hair
Davina Lamont didn’t want Antonio Banderas to be “completely covered in prosthetics” to play Pablo Picasso for the second installment of the NatGeo anthology series “Genius.” Instead, she wanted a healthy balance between the actor’s own appearance and that of the Spanish surrealist painter. “I wanted him to not only look like Picasso,” she explains, but to “have an element of him in there as well.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Lamont above.
The veteran makeup artist, who earned an Emmy nomination for turning Geoffrey Rush into Albert Einstein in season one of “Genius” (2017), spoke extensively with Banderas about what kind of look the two wanted to achieve. “The great thing about the last two seasons is that I deal with actors that fully enter the transformation and want to be a part of the whole process,” Lamont says. And one of the things Banderas wanted to do was “change his nose to be more like Picasso.” And “the hair had to come off” too. “[Banderas] has got a thick, luscious head of hair, and Picasso doesn’t. So we had to get some wigs made.”
Lamont has worked on films including the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Last Samurai” (2003), “King Kong” (2005), “30 Days of Night” (2007), “X-Men: First Class” (2011), and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012), as well as the television programs “Top of the Lake,” “Legends,” and “Britannia.”
Season one of “Genius” received 10 total Emmy nominations, including Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actor for Rush, and Best Movie/Mini Directing for Ron Howard, who serves as an executive producer on the series alongside Brian Grazer. Season three, due out in 2019, will focus on the life of “Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley.