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How 'The Grinch' Sent a Brilliant Make-Up Artist Into Therapy

How 'The Grinch' Sent a Brilliant Make-Up Artist Into Therapy
From Slashfilm - February 9, 2018

The make-up job for the live-action 2000 version ofHow the Grinch Stole Christmas was notoriously arduous. Jim Carrey compared the eight-hour process to being buried alive, and the production nearly came to a screeching halt because of how much the actor hated the make-up. But what about the poor make-up artist on the other side of the brush?

That would beKazuhiro Tsuji, the Academy Award-winning make-up artist behind acclaimed films likeMen in Black, Hellboy,and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Tusji recently scored his third Oscar nomination forDarkest Hourand is still steadily working in the industry. But that almost didnt come to be after he worked with Carrey onThe Grinch.

Despite his illustrious career in special-effects make-up, Tsuji said working onThe Grinch was the worst experience of his life. It got so bad that Tsuji checked into therapy.

In an interview with Vulture, Tsuji recalled the worst job of his career:

On set, [Carrey] was really mean to everybody and at the beginning of the production they couldnt finish. After two weeks we only could finish three days worth of shooting schedule, because suddenly he would just disappear and when he came back, everything was ripped apart. We couldnt shoot anything.

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