Last week, actor Clifton Collins, Jr. confirmed the race that he and his fellow villains (including Eric Bana) will be playing in the new Star Trek movie. This week, the actor is talking about their make-up routine and what it was like working with director, J.J. Abrams. Plus TrekMovie has a bit more detail on what the villains will look like. [spoilers]
Clifton Collins on working with J.J. Abrams:
He’s an amazing human being, a great family man and a great artist. He loves to have fun, and we were working 18-hour days.
Collins on the Romulan make-up process:
It took, on a good day, two and a half hours in makeup. On a bad day, four. I love hiding in all my roles, whether it’s an accent or physical mannerism … that’s the fun for me.
More on Romulans make-up
So why was Collins spending all that time in the chair? TrekMovie previously confirmed that the Romulan villains in the Star Trek movie would all be bald.
Collins during (L, February 4) and after the "Star Trek" shoot (R, July 22)
showing how he had to de-hair to be a Romulan
And the recent official Star Trek posters revealed that the Romulan leader Nero (Eric Bana) has a major tattoo on his forehead (see TrekMovie ‘re-colorized version below to get a closer look). However it isn’t just Nero who is sporting ink. TrekMovie has confirmed that all the Romulans (including Collins) have tattoos and that that tattoos vary from character to character. Hence the need for all that make-up chair time for Collins.
TrekMovie’s ‘recolorized’ version of the official Nero image,
giving a better view of his tattoo
More from Collins at the National Ledger
Collins is known for his roles in such films as Traffic, The Last Castle, and Capote. In addition to Star Trek, his other upcoming films include the historical baseball drama The Perfect Game and the action sequel Crank 2: High Voltage.