Whither the beard wrangler?
December 8, 2013 9:25 AM Subscribe
TV shows and movies frequently feature characters with five o'clock shadows or a day or so worth of beard growth. Given that production schedules often require long shooting days, how do they keep a five o'clock shadow from looking like 8 am the next morning? How are actor's beards kept at the couple of days growth look when a sixteen hour shooting day could easily have them well on their way to looking like one of the Boston Red Sox?
posted by DirtyOldTown to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Or even in the case of perfectly clean-shaven actors... that's not the kind of condition that can be relied on to last. There are any number of beard/stubble/shaving related conditions that must require careful attention and maintenance for continuity reasons. Is this something that's just handled quietly and discreetly by makeup staff? Are there continuity people on hand who have to pipe up and point out that an actor who is supposed to be clean-shaven in this courtroom scene has turned into a Baldwin brother at dinnertime? Are there special tools for shaving someone down to various points of apparent non-shavenness?
I realize that this is the exact kind of question that lends itself to idle speculation from people with a certain familiarity with the TV/film production business. My partner and I have been doing that on our own for years. It's no longer satisfying. The ideal answer will be something along the lines of, "Well, on our set..."
Settle our debate, MeFi... lay bare the science of beard wrangling.