Howie Mandel says he wishes he had never agreed to star in the cult classic Little Monsters, in which he plays a monster who befriends a young boy.
Little monsters may be considered a cult classic by kids of the ’80s and’ 90s, but comedian Howie Mandel has said he wished he had never agreed to take on the role of main monster Maurice. The film, originally released in 1989, found a sequel on cable and home video, but most fans would likely be surprised. Little monsters was a box office bomb when it first hit theaters, earning less than a million dollars. At the time, Mandel – who recently celebrated a decade as a judge on NBC America has talent – was primarily known as a silly comic book, but was set to become a 90s superstar for kids as an animation creator / star Bobby’s world, which was created a year later.
For Little monsters, Mandel had to spend four hours a day in the makeup chair to transform into Maurice, a monster who befriends human child Brian, played by ’80s child actor icon Fred Savage. (The good years, The princess to marry). Fans have long wondered how Mandel – who has been open about his decades of battling obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – could have handled all those covered days in the latex makeup it took to play Maurice, not to mention the time it took to apply and remove. Now these fans have their answer: not good.
“Physically it almost killed me,” Mandel says in a special feature included in the film’s new Blu-ray released last week (via Gamespot). The comedian insisted that his regret was not based on the quality of the film. “Maurice is a wonderful character,” Mandel said. He continued:
“Everyone was great, and there were some funny scenes, but I was wrapped in latex. Do you know what moisture and latex do? After making this movie. I didn’t even put on a condom, I was so anti-latex. I know it doesn’t sound safe, but I was married and happy but I wouldn’t – I don’t even mean the word latex anymore. But now I feel like I wouldn’t do this again.
But it wasn’t just the makeup – it was also the hours he sat in the makeup chair and let the makeup artists touch him – which couldn’t have been easy given his ADHD and OCD. . “I can’t sit down,” explained the star. “But you have to sit down. Not only was it four hours, but four hours of – I don’t want to be touched. And four hours of [being touched], I thought I was going to crack. “ The process also made it difficult for Mandel to step into character. “Once I was done I was to be this happy, joyous Maurice,” he explained. “I really wasn’t that happy and cheerful. I didn’t know what I got myself into. They cut like, ‘Oh my god. I’m going to die.’ At night it takes an hour to remove it, it was stuck on me and my skin. ”
Challenging makeup transformations have remained a problem on Hollywood movie sets over the decades, with Jennifer Lawrence more recently revealing that it originally took eight hours to apply Mystique makeup and costume in the X Men prequel movies. That was ultimately reduced to three hours, and there was a noticeable decrease in the time Mystique spent in her true form as the prequel franchise continued – possibly because the star was uncomfortable with the makeup process or in the costume. Since Little monsters was a one-off film, there were few opportunities to improve the process for Mandel, and that seems to have left a lasting impact on him. It can be disappointing to learn that Little monsters It wasn’t as much fun filming as it was watching, but it is fitting that Mandel is open about his experience and that is definitely appreciated.
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Source: Little Monsters Special Features (via Gamespot)
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