John C. Reilly took THREE HOURS to transform into Oliver Hardy

John C. Reilly took THREE HOURS to transform into Oliver Hardy

Stan & Ollie star John C. Reilly takes THREE HOURS to transform into Oliver Hardy with a fat suit and prosthetic make-up in new time-lapse video

He’s set to portray Oliver Hardy alongside Steve Coogan’s Stan Laurel in Jon S. Baird’s new film Stan & Ollie. 

And John C. Reilly had to spend three hours with the make-up team in order to transform into one half of the of the iconic comedy duo, it was revealed on Friday.

The actor, 53, had to wear a fat suit, and prosthetic make-up from his chest to his neck in order to become the 1920s superstar of stage and screen. 

Long process: Stan & Ollie star John C. Reilly took THREE HOURS to transform into icon Oliver Hardy as he donned a fat suit and prosthetic make-up for biopic, it was revealed on Friday

In a featurette detailing the making of the film, director Jon revealed: ‘The whole process of making Steve and John into Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy was a long one you know, particularly getting Hardy right because there was a lot more prosthetic for John. 


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‘There was the fat suit that had to be made, the facial stuff, there were contact lenses, there was a wig. John spent three hours in make-up everyday it was unbelievable.’

While he added of Steve getting into character as Stan: ‘Steve’s process was probably a little easier, he needed little things like he needed to flatten down his chin, some teeth, the ears to get pinned forward.’ 

Arduous: The actor, 53, had to wear a fat suit and prosthetic make-up from his chest to his neck in order to become the 1920s superstar of stage and screen


Getting ready: In a featurette detailing the making of the film,a timelapse video showed the amount of time it took just to get John’s hair and make-up done

Transformation: Director Jon revealed, ‘There was a lot more prosthetic for John. There was the fat suit that had to be made, the facial stuff, there were contact lenses, there was a wig’

The video clip also included a timelapse video detailing the amount of time it took just to get John’s hair and make-up done.

John’s curly mane was gelled into a slicked-back do, while he also sported prosthetic skin on his neck.

Speaking to The Times on Friday, John said of his transformation: ‘I was encased. My whole body was a mask. My eyes and the palms of my hands were the only things that were uncovered.’

Adding that Oliver ‘had the shape of a giant baby’, he explained: ‘I had prosthetics up to here [indicating his chest] and then a neck thing that went up to there [pointing to back of head].’

While, speaking about his thoughts on the film, he gushed: ‘It’s not a very modest thing to say, but I’ve never cried so much in a while watching one of my own films.’ 


Wow: Speaking to The Times on Friday, John said he ‘was encased’ as he revealed that his ‘eyes and the palms of [his] hands were the only things that were uncovered’

Covered: Adding that Oliver ‘had the shape of a giant baby’, John revealed he had to wear prosthetics from his chest to the back of his head


Simpler: According to director Jon, Steve ‘needed little things like he needed to flatten down his chin, some teeth, the ears to get pinned forward’ to become Stan Laurel

Prosthetic make-up: An array of masks to change Steve’s chin and ears was shown in the clip 

Stan & Ollie is a generous tribute to the comedy duo, as it explores the lowest point in their career: the gruelling seven-and-a-half-month British tour in which they performed 13 shows a week.

The double act first came to prominence in the silent film era, and worked together for 25 years in a hugely successful career that spanned 107 short films, feature films, cameo roles, as well as countless comedy tours.

Their big-screen career, first in silent movies and then the talkies, ended by 1945, and they had never received royalties from the 100 or so films they had made since legendary Hollywood producer Hal Roach first brought them together as unknown bit-part actors in the Twenties.  

Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda also star in the film alongside Coogan and Reilly, to portray Hardy’s wife Lucille (Henderson) and Laurel’s partner Ida (Arianda).

Stan & Ollie is released in cinemas across the UK on Friday, January 11.

Story: Stan & Ollie is a tribute to the comedy duo, as it explores the lowest point in their career: the gruelling seven-and-a-half-month British tour in which they performed 13 shows a week

Comedy legends: The double act first came to prominence in the silent film era, and worked together for 25 years in a hugely successful career that spanned 107 projects

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