A generation of heavy metal fans were introduced to Mötley Crüe with their raucous hit "Looks That Kill", and now thanks to a new Netflix movie, audiences can revive the band's killing look.
The infamous hair metal group gets the biopic treatment in "The Dirt," streaming Friday. The girl follows bassist Nikki Sixx (Douglas Booth), guitarist Mick Mars (Iwan Rheon), vocalist Vince Neil (Daniel Webber) and drummer Tommy Lee (Colson Baker, better known as rapper Machine Gun Kelly) as they rise to 80 & # 39; ernes superstardom. Director Jeff Tremaine explores the individual fighters' personal battles through the hard party, including more than a few calls to "Dr. Feelgood."
It was up to costume designer Christine Wada and makeup artist Corey Castellano to credibly morph into the four actors in the iconic musicians. Each started with massive amounts of research, from magazines and YouTube videos to the time spent with band members themselves, which turned out to be surprisingly polite and professional.
"It was not something you would think when you hear the band Mötley Crüe," Castellano says laughs.
"I kind of created a huge timeline on my wall," says Wada, "and when Nikki and Tommy came through … it was really fun to show them that timeline to see their marvel at how much they have "19659002] For scenes requiring casual wear, Wada – who worked in the 80s as a bartender at the legendary NYC punk club CBGB – bought tees from vintage stores. But she also borrowed shirts from a friend of her, Howie Pyro, who has a collection dating back to the 70's. Even Wada's own closet was raided, with her white leather jacket ending in Webber in the movie.
Recovery of performance outfits – like those used in the "Looks That Kill" music video – was a greater engagement with explosions of vibrant colors, buds, chains and straps.
"It's really just such a collage of different materials," says Wada.
In over 64 cost changes for each band member, Wada's toughest challenge was pants. The band preferred skintight pants, often in unforgivable leather, so Wada found herself throwing sex labels to the side.
"Most of the guys from the era wore their boyfriend pants and even today to get that kind of rock roll swagger fit, you're better off using women's pants," she explains and notes The concept took the actors to get used to.
And then there were heels. Wada says the real band members bought stripper boots from stores on Hollywood Boulevard, but she made custom for Booth, the actor, so he would be more comfortable.
Meanwhile, Castellano brought the band's twist on glam makeup back to life, including war paint under Booth's eyes (MAC waterproof eyeliner) and a hard-edged outline to Rheon. (A piece of cardboard helped create the straight lines.) More wig changes for each guy, thanks to Anne Morgan's hard-wearing, topped look.
Tattoos were Castellano's greatest trial. Due to copyright issues, he had to create re-imagined versions of Mötley Cruse's actual tats. He had to watch my rocker's memories count as they had accumulated them in their lives so he could gradually add tats throughout the movie's timeline. The actors' existing ink also had to be completely covered.
"Machine Gun Kelly is tattooed from hook to ankle, basically," Castellano says. "So every day he was the longest process, no one carried."
All the priest's hours proved worthwhile for the creepy transformations. Castellano eagerly remembers the first time the four actors all saw each other in the hard rocks concert ensembles.
"They looked at each other … and you can just see that mental switch gets [flipped]. They were there," he says. "Suddenly you are staring at a band you went 30 years ago."