Rebecca Gets Under Mystique’s Skin

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos says the grueling make-up process of becoming Mystique for the original X-Men has gotten a lot easier.
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos says the grueling make-up process of becoming Mystique for the original X-Men has gotten a lot easier.

"We're not using the same kind of paint. We're not using the same kind of glue," she told Comics Continuum. "They've completely changed the process and they've gotten down to under four hours now, which is huge for me.

"I've still had a few 2 a.m. calls. We're still working on that. And the clean up is a lot better. I don't get sick like I did last time. I still have the blue in my ears. It doesn't come out."

The 10-hour has been cut by six hours. "She's not wearing anything but the prosthetics, but the prosthetics are designed as clothing," says make up artist Gordon Smith. "We built them for modesty's sake and practicality, so she could go to the bathroom. Those were some of the first design elements that you had to deal with."

Ian McKellen (Magneto) commented: "Never a complaint out of her in this situation when any complaint she made would have been understandable. And she was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, and a model. And I've tried to be better behaved since working with Rebecca."

X2 premieres May 2.
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4/11/2003
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