Superhero movie stars are often paid millions of dollars for squeezing into their ill-fitting outfits. However, that hasn’t stopped many moaning to the press about how they suffered for their art. Here’s a look at 20 who have been particularly vocal about their nightmare wardrobe sessions.
20. Rebecca Romijn (X2: X-Men United)
Rebecca Romijn was left feeling blue in more ways than one during her body-paint sessions for 2003 sequel X2. Indeed, it took four women and eight hours to transform the ex-MTV host into the azure shape-shifting baddie Mystique. However, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Romijn admitted it was the nudity required that concerned her the most.
19. Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class)
Jennifer Lawrence was subjected to the same grueling treatment when she took on the role of Mystique in 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class. However, it wasn’t the nudity that bothered her. The star told Entertainment Weekly that she was much more worried about the toxins she inhaled every time her body was painted from head to toe.
18. Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad)
Margot Robbie stole the show as Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad. Nevertheless, the Australian actor wasn’t exactly enamored with how she looked while doing so. Indeed, she told the New York Times that the hot-pants and soaking-wet-white-T-shirt look made her feel self-conscious. None more so than when she’d just eaten a burger.
17. Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four)
Michael Chiklis’ childhood dream of playing The Thing came true in 2005’s Fantastic Four. However, it soon turned into a nightmare thanks to his heavy prosthetics and latex costume. In fact, the actor later admitted to The Star that he hated his rocky outfit. Nevertheless, it also helped him to understand why the character is so hugely popular.
16. Paul Bettany (Captain America: Civil War)
Promoting Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Paul Bettany told Cinema Blend he’d been fine with his Vision costume on the first day of shooting. And the second, and the third, and the fourth. However, by the fifth time he’d worn it for 12 hours straight, Bettany was finding it hard to summon up the motivation to get out of bed.
15. Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War)
What’s more, Bettany wasn’t the only Captain America: Civil War star to have complaints about his costume. Chadwick Boseman told Comic Book Movie he had to get himself into a “Zen space” each time he put on the Black Panther outfit. Particularly when he had to do so in sweltering 90° F weather.
14. Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)
“The devil’s condom.” That’s how Channing Tatum described the rubber suit he had to wear in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. In fact, the actor hated it so much that he told Vanity Fair in 2015 that he wouldn’t wear it ever again. Even if a gun was held to his head.
13. Malin Akerman (Watchmen)
Malin Akerman also compared her Watchmen costume – particularly its smell – to that of a condom in an interview with Maxim. The actress, who played the Silk Spectre in the 2009 movie, also said the skintight yellow and black outfit was “really f***ing uncomfortable.”
12. Ryan Reynolds (The Green Lantern)
Ryan Reynolds has repeatedly expressed his dissatisfaction with his CGI costume in The Green Lantern. For example, the actor later described the experience of wearing a motion capture suit as “brutal.” What’s more, in another interview he admitted that he didn’t like the 2011 film, period.
11. Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2)
“Brutal” was also how Mickey Rourke described his Whiplash costume in Iron Man 2. The veteran actor, who played the villain in the 2010 sequel, told Showbiz Spy that sporting the half-suit was torture. He went on to explain that it was just as agonizing to take on and off as it was to wear.
10. Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four)
Jessica Alba may have played the Invisible Woman, aka Sue Storm, in the mid-’00s Fantastic Four movies. However, that didn’t mean she escaped the curse of the uncomfortable superhero costume. Indeed, the actress told reporters in 2007 that donning her skin-tight outfit was comparable to wearing head-to-toe pantyhose.
9. Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns)
Michelle Pfeiffer unarguably remains the greatest Catwoman in the character’s history. Nevertheless, the actress, who played the feline villainess in 1992’s Batman Returns, didn’t enjoy one particular aspect of the experience. Pfeiffer later complained that it took an hour to get her costume back on every time she needed the bathroom.
8. Chris Evans (Captain America)
Chris Evans wasn’t permitted to take any of his Captain America outfits home in case they were needed for reshoots. Not that the star was particularly cut up about it. Evans told Irish Central in 2011 that his character’s famous red, white and blue costume was extremely uncomfortable to wear.
7. Ron Perlman (Hellboy)
Ron Perlman is renowned for hiding his face behind elaborate prosthetics. However, 2004’s Hellboy appeared to be one step too far. In fact, the actor had to undergo the four-hour wardrobe session a whopping 86 times for the first instalment. Despite returning for a sequel, he subsequently ruled out a third film, reportedly due to the arduous makeup process.
6. Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Andrew Garfield always appears to have been uncomfortable about press intrusion. Indeed, this was never more conspicuous than when he was filming 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Brit complained about how paparazzi regularly took embarrassing photos of him in his unflattering red and blue suit.
5. Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers)
“It was so hot I would wring out my socks at the end of the day.” Scarlett Johansson didn’t paint a pretty picture of shooting the first The Avengers movie during an interview with Nightline. The actress, who played the Black Widow in the Marvel film, also admitted to hallucinating because her wetsuit was so unbearably warm.
4. Christian Bale (Batman Begins)
Christian Bale didn’t particularly enjoy wearing his outfit in the Dark Knight trilogy. In fact, he told Vanity Fair in 2012 that it was so uncomfortably tight that he had to diet just to fit into it. However, the Brit’s weight loss plan was also aided by the costume itself, as it caused Bale to shed so much sweat each day on set.
3. Val Kilmer (Batman Forever)
Of course, Bale wasn’t the only Batman to hate his outfit. Val Kilmer, who starred in 1995’s Batman Forever, told Conan O’Brien that playing the Caped Crusader turned him into an old man. Indeed, the actor had to be helped to get dressed and go to the bathroom, as well as having trouble hearing.
2. Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
The most recent Batman, Ben Affleck, went even further, telling Total Film that his outfit was “the most humiliating, ridiculous thing in the world.” Affleck, who played the Caped Crusader in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, didn’t actually sport a Batsuit during filming. Instead, he wore a motion capture suit that he subsequently described as “visual effects pajamas.”
1. Burt Ward (Batman: The Movie)
Nightmarish superhero costumes aren’t just a thing of the 21st century, however. Burt Ward, who played Batman’s sidekick Robin in the cartoonish ’60s series and spin-off movie, told Slice of Sci-Fi that his colorful outfit caused him multiple problems. Indeed, not only did his cape give him a sore neck, but his tights also constantly itched his genitals.
But superhero costumes aren’t all just pain and discomfort. In fact, when make-up artist Rhylee Passfield made an amazing Wonder Woman costume, it won her legions of fans. And, understandably, lots of people wanted to know just how she had managed to pull off such an astonishing feat. It turned out, however, that Passfield had used some surprisingly everyday materials in the outfit’s creation…
And, as it happens, Passfield has had an artistic streak ever since she was a child. When the native of Brisbane, Australia grew up, then, it’s perhaps little wonder that she chose to embark on a creative career path. Now 22 years old, she earns her money working as a children’s entertainer and make-up artist.
However, Passfield isn’t content with just resting on her laurels when it comes to honing her talents. Indeed, as she would tell the Daily Mail in November 2017, “I have been painting and drawing since I was three years old, and I am always wanting to branch out into more areas with my artistic abilities.”
Furthermore, Passfield uses social media to document her experiments in make-up. And the decision to do so has certainly brought her to wider attention; she boasts an impressive 17,000 followers on Instagram, for instance. Furthermore, her videos have clocked up more than 40,000 views on YouTube since she joined the site in 2013.
As a result, because of her online presence, Passfield feels more popular than ever. “I was always the quiet kid in school that hung out at the art shed during lunch. I’ve never really fit in socially anywhere,” she admitted to the Daily Mail. “Doing all of these creative things makes me so, so happy.”
And on her social media accounts, Passfield posts tutorial videos of the spectacular make-up looks she creates as well as images of the final products. Among her most impressive transformations are those in which she has turned herself into Johnny Depp’s character Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series, a scary skull, and singer Lana Del Rey.
However, of all Passfield’s amazing makeovers, one has seemingly captured hearts more than any other. And in it, she’s seen having apparently metamorphosed into one of the most popular female superheroes of all time: that is, Wonder Woman.
But while the comic book character has enjoyed many reincarnations since her inception in 1941, Passfield chose to emulate her in her most recent manifestation. So, she began constructing her look around the appearance of the character that Gal Gadot plays in the 2017 Wonder Woman film.
What’s more, the Wonder Woman project may have stretched Passfield’s creative talents to the limits. Why? Well, not only did she produce the make-up look for her transformation, but she also constructed a version of the superhero’s iconic costume from scratch.
Passfield spent a total of 50 hours on her costume, in fact, as well as $22 or so. However, it’s safe to say that her efforts paid off, as the final product proved to be simply breathtaking. It was so stunning, in fact, that many people wanted to know just how she had created the Wonder Woman look.
Luckily for them, though, Passfield would divulge the secrets behind the costume in her interview with the Daily Mail. Most notably, she revealed that she had made the base of Wonder Woman’s famous corset using nothing more than a $6 Kmart yoga mat.
“Basically, I started by duct taping myself,” Passfield explained. “Then I cut out a pattern from the duct tape form, copied it onto a Kmart yoga mat and glued it together using contact adhesive.” She added, “I made [the mat] curved with a heat gun, and I used a fake nail to make the pattern on the breastplate.”
Passfield continued, “I then used thin craft foam to make the eagle and belt and attached [them], spray-painted [them] and then hand-painted in the details,” she added. And once the breastplate was finished, all that was left for Passfield to do was complete Wonder Woman’s gauntlets, headpiece and leg armor.
To finish the look, then, she replicated the same process that she had used to make the body armor. “I also used some scrap vinyl from a cheap shop for the skirt and glued it onto some boyleg underwear,” Passfield said. “I then got some shoes from an op shop [thrift store] and painted them.”
“All [in all], the costume cost me about $30 and took about 50 hours, as it was my first time making anything like it,” Passfield also revealed. And in the end, the make-up artist was immensely proud of the finished product that she had created.
Indeed, the make-up professional seemingly wasted little time in posting photos of the completed look to her Instagram page. And, unsurprisingly, the images went down a storm with her followers. In fact, within a matter of weeks, one post showing off the transformation had attracted close to 1,000 likes.
Furthermore, some people couldn’t resist sharing their appreciation of Passfield’s talent, either. “You did such an amazing job making that costume,” wrote one fan. “Your creative abilities will continue to amaze, impress and inspire so many. [I] love what you do!”
And for some, Passfield’s work was so impressive that they couldn’t tell her apart from Gal Gadot’s depiction of Wonder Woman. “Wow. This is one of your best, and all of your work is ridiculously incredible, so that’s saying a lot,” one user gushed. “I was seriously thinking ‘Why is Gal Gadot showing up in my feed?’”
What’s more, Passfield’s Wonder Woman costume would end up making headlines all over the world. But the attention the talented woman received came as quite a surprise to her. And on a Facebook collage of the various news articles about her, she would go so far as to question, “Is this even real life?”
But while the Wonder Woman look is arguably Passfield’s pièce de résistance to date, she might well top it. After all, she has no plans to stop creating any time soon. “I am extremely lucky that we now live in a social media world where I’m able to share all of my art with lots of people,” she told the Daily Mail. “I think it’s the best thing ever, and it inspires me to keep learning, improving and bettering myself!”