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After decades, why does Old-Age-Makeup still look so terrible?

Asked by ragingloli (35697 points ) August 7th, 2014

The film industry has been at it for almost a century, and still they seem to be unable to create believable old-age-makeup.
I just watched a (free) stream of kapitän amerika 2 and there was a scene where he talked to his old girl friend, who is now 300 years old. Apparently, instead of getting an actual old woman to play the part, they put old-age-makeup on her and even “enhanced” it with cgi.
And it just looks laughably bad.
The same is true of old Weyland in Prometheus.
I do not know a single movie where the old-age-makeup looked good or even approached realism.
In an age where they can make cgi monkeys look real, why do they still fail so utterly when trying make a human look old?

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livelaughlove21's avatar

I thought they did a good job in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt looked like a real old man to me. And they did a great job making him look younger, too. I thought I was watching Thelma and Louise during this scene.

Pachy's avatar

One reason is that when it’s an actor we know is younger than the character he’s playing, we know it’s makeup. In these days of CGI and other special film effects, which are so heavily promoted, it’s very difficult for us to suspend disbelief about anything having to do with movies.

rojo's avatar

Perhaps it is because us old people just naturally look bad and the movie folks are actually fairly accurate in their portrayal.

ragingloli's avatar

@rojo
What I mean by ‘terrible’, is that you can tell that it is make-up and not an actual old person.

@Pachy
See, I did not know that actress, and as such there was no clash between what was on screen and any image in my memory.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Because it ks not Photoshop, it is easier handling fat digitally than age.

Pachy's avatar

@ragingloli, I only suggested that as one reason, at least for older movie fans like me.

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