Zoe Saldana has shared a video revealing just how rigorous (and transformative) her makeup routine is for Gamora. The actress is reprising her role as the bad ass character in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, set to hit theaters next Friday, following her debut in the 2014 surprise smash hit. Picking up just a few months after the events of the first film, Gamora’s arc promises to be one of the most unexpected and engrossing in the sequel, as her unspoken romance with Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) continues to grow and she’s reunited through some violent and unfortunate circumstances with her foster sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan).
Unsurprisingly, Guardians Vol. 2 is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films of the year. But while a lot of talk has been made about the writing, directing, and acting in this particular franchise – with James Gunn returning at the helm of the sequel – one of the franchise’s key strengths has always been its striking visual style and the wide range of colors used throughout both films. That doesn’t just mean in the planets and ships that the Guardians visit either, but in the designs and the makeup of some of the characters themselves. Right at the top of that list is Saldana’s Gamora, who with green skin and striking red hair has always been a bit of a transformative undertaking for the actress.
In a new video posted through her Twitter account, Saldana revealed just how laborious her makeup transformation for the character is, cutting down an over three-hour long process into a 38-second time-lapse video:
This video comes following a long press tour for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in which Saldana was repeatedly asked about her makeup process for the film. While Dave Bautista’s transformation into Drax was whittled down into about a ninety-minute process too, Saldana’s remained the over three-hour-long timespan that it was in the first Guardians of the Galaxy.
That’s not to say that this is necessarily foreign territory for Saldana, however, who’s used to being transformed in major sci-fi films, including James Cameron’s Avatar – though, it should be noted that the Gamora makeup routine is likely a lot more strenuous and time-consuming than putting on just a motion-capture jumpsuit. So for Saldana’s sake, here’s to hoping Marvel finds a way to speed up her process moving forwards, in Avengers: Infinity War, and the already announced Guardians of the Galaxy 3.