Date of birth: April 16, 1965 (Age: 52 years)
Height: 5’ 7” (170 cm)
Weight: 156 pounds (71 kg)
Shoe size: 11 (US)/ 44 (EU)
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Dark brown
In order to play a plump or slightly fat person in a movie, one can sacrifice a figure and gain weight naturally. But what to do if one has to play a very fat, well, just morbidly fat character, like in Crazy Professor, for example?
There are no natural ways to help. And why torment, if there are special suits and pads that will increase the size of the actor in two, three or ten times if necessary.
Martin Lawrence, Big Momma’s House actor, admitted it’s a very tiring process – he has been sitting in the dressing room for several hours, but the make-up artists know their business and not just turned Martin into a woman, but into a huge one. They turned him into a fat person who did not know before what excess weight was.
The film Big Momma’s House became, in 2000, a big hit and raised more than $ 100 million at the box office, thereby proving that the audience really likes watching the young men on the screen dress up in elderly women of immense proportions.
Thanks to this success of the picture a couple of years later the sequel Big Momma’s House 2, where Lawrence who played the FBI agent again turned into a fat granny, embodied the whole color of the southern states.
Once, the so-called “fat man’s suits” were made of coarse rubber. The actors had to hide them under their clothes – so that the viewer could not detect a fake. But the make-up craft does not stop its progress.
Moreover, often with the body of an actor, it is necessary to enlarge his face. Therefore, actors today are very sensitive to the material from which the so-called “fat man’s suit” are made. The outside part of the costume – because it is always in sight – is made of silicone of the highest quality.
If you skillfully apply make-up and correctly put out the light, it can not be distinguished from real leather. But the lower part is still rubber and quite heavy one.