Red Skull Redux

October 10, 2011 | By More

With the “Talk to the Skull and Win!” contest ending at Midnight yesterday, it’s a bit apropos that I’m talking about the Red Skull today. (Don’t worry, the contest winner will be announced as soon as they’ve been confirmed by email.)

First, I was discussing the silent version of “Phantom of the Opera” with talented artist Ben Tiede recently, and thought I really should go back and display the colorized picture I mentioned in the original review.

In the meantime, I received my newest issue of Cinefex.  Low and behold, there is an article on the effect of Captain America. A good portion of the article discusses Skinny Steve Rodgers and is pretty cool. However, I was struck by a picture of the Red Skull in the portion of the article discussing his makeup.

The picture shows a pre digital enhancement of Hugo Weaving in the Red Skull makeup. I was really struck by the similarity of the dark black “puppy dog” nose to the figure.

We all know that the toy manufacturing process starts long before films are finished. I suspect this could be a case of the figure being sculpted from production photos and before the final effect were applied. If these were the kinds of pictures the toy makers were looking at, it would go a long way to explaining the appearance of the nose and paint scheme of the figure.

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