Netflix has released a close look at the unrecognizable prosthetics that actor Joel Edgerton donned for his role in David Ayer's original movie Bright. Edgerton is one of the most versatile actors working today, with a diverse filmography that he has both starred in and directed. His ability to slip into any role will be on full display in this winter's Bright, a fantasy action film from Suicide Squad director David Ayer.
Written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, the film takes place in a alternate Los Angeles universe where mythical creatures like orcs and elves co-exist with humans. In a story that shares similarities with (of all movies) Zootopia, Edgerton plays Nick Jacoby, the first orc police officer partnered with Will Smith's human Scott Ward on a dangerous case. Utilizing mostly practical effects, Edgerton went through a transformation to play the mythical role.
In an exclusive look at Bright from Empire Online, we get a good glimpse at the end result of the hours of makeup that Edgerton had to undergo to play the role. In the image, Ward and Jacoby consult with elf Tikka (Lucy Fry) in what appears to be some kind of booth at a club or restaurant. The dark color palette of the image mirrors the look of Ayer's past work like Suicide Squad and Street Kings, but the obvious star of the image is Edgerton's grotesque appearance, like a Lord of the Rings character gone contemporary.
The makeup is reminiscent of a mix between the Killer Croc look that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje underwent in Suicide Squad, the Lord of the Rings orc design and a bulky Freddy Krueger. It's a process that clearly took multiple hours a day to mold, something that could be interminable for the impatient and less dedicated. According to Ayer, however, Edgerton is the type of actor that lives for the challenge:
“It’s totally maddening. [Joel] wanted the challenge. I think it has driven him mad. But it helps for character and performance, so it’s fine.”
This appears to be another dedicated turn by an actor who is quickly becoming one of the best and simultaneously most underrated of our generation. On the other side of the camera, the mixed (at best) reaction to Suicide Squad could give some pause when considering Ayer's next project, but it shouldn't be forgotten that the director has a solid track record overall, with End of Watch and the script for Training Day on his resume. Bright's unique premise, plus another possible showcase for Edgerton's talents, is enough to anticipate the film.
Beyond Smith, Edgerton and Fry, Bright stars Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Kenneth Choi, and Ike Barinholtz. The film is due for release onto Netflix sometime in December.
Source: Empire Online