CGI and digital effects aren’t just for explosions and sci-fi flicks. Filmmakers have all kinds of tricks – from makeup, to lighting, to costumes – for making actors look their best on screen. But sometimes they have to bring in some fancy backend digital editing to get the character to look just right on screen. Here are some stars whose bodies you maybe didn’t know had to be digitally edited for the movie’s final cut.
It took Gal Gadot months of training to get in shape to play Wonder Woman in the 2016 film of the same name (via Elle). But when it came to reshoots, she couldn’t do much about her shape — since she was five months pregnant and couldn’t hide the baby bump in her form-fitting costumes. So, according to Entertainment Weekly, they updated her suit with a bright green triangle section so they could change her figure after getting the shot. “On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman, Godot said. “On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”
For Dakota Johnson's character in Fifty Shades of Grey, something had to be edited in
Gadot had to have digital edits in wide-shots, but for Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey, it was a more intimate edit that needed to be made. The film definitely had its fair share of nude scenes, and the actors wore flesh-colored covers over their “special areas” during filming so they weren’t actually naked. But it wasn’t editing something out that created a challenge in editing, it was editing something in. More specifically, adding in nether-hair for Johnson’s character.
In an interview with The NY Times, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey revealed one of the challenges of post-production. “Dakota [Johnson] had kind of a patch that went over her [privates], and right round her whole body,” McGarvey said. “We were in the curious situation, in post-production, of adding [hair down there]. I wouldn’t say it was one of the highlights of my career, but it certainly was one of the most surreal scenarios.”
Not just women are digitally edited
It’s not just women who get digital edits. Henry Cavill, star of Justice League, had already started filming Mission: Impossible – Fallout when reshoots for Justice League started. The problem was, for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, he’d grown a mustache. And Superman doesn’t have a mustache. It took some back and forth between the two production companies until it was on Justice League to edit out the mustache instead of Cavill shaving and then growing it back out for Mission: Impossible – Fallout (via Empire).
Speaking about “mustache gate,” Cavill told Empire, “I was slightly surprised. When we decided to go for the mustache [in Mission Impossible – Fallout], I certainly wasn’t expecting all the events to unfold as they were going to unfold. I wasn’t expecting Justice League reshoots to be as extensive as they were (via Comic Book).”
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