Halloween Special: Actors Behind the Masks

Over the years we've seen many villains grace the screen, but rarely do we get to see the actors behind the masks. Here's a collection of the actors that brought them to life in today's Halloween special!

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By Whispers68 - 10/31/2009
For several decades, the film industry has had its share of horror villains. There are several actors over the years who have brought the characters to life...some we are familiar with and some we may not be familiarized with. Here's a collection of well known characters and the men behind the masks.




Jason Voorhees
ACTOR: Derek Mears
MOVIE: Friday the 13th (2009)

The costume for Jason Voorhees might seem to be a relatively simple affair -- a machete, a hockey mask, and some fake blood should pretty much cover it. Yet Derek Mears, who plays the slasher in the most recent installment of the franchise, spent three and a half hours in the makeup chair to get himself into full Jason mode.



Freddy Krueger
ACTOR: Robert Englund
MOVIE: Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Robert Englund has become a pop culture icon, thanks to his turn as everyone's favorite disfigured dream stalker. Yet even before he put on all that latex and that deadly glove, Englund impacted, if indirectly, another pop culture phenomenon. When he failed to land the role of Luke Skywalker in an audition, he told his friend to try out. His friend was Mark Hamill.



Michael Myers
ACTOR: Tyler Mane
MOVIE: Halloween (2007)

Mane plays a psycho-killer in both of Rob Zombie's "Halloween" movies, but his first line of work was only slightly less brutal: wrestling. Going under the name of "Nitro," the 6'8" Mane won the UWF MGM Grand Championship in 1994. When he learned that he landed the part of Myers, he reportedly watched every movie in the "Halloween" franchise consecutively.



The Phatom
ACTOR: Lon Chaney Sr.
MOVIE: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Chaney was dubbed "The Man of a Thousand Faces" because of his ability to completely transform his visage for a role. For "Phantom," he jammed cotton into his cheeks, glued his ears to his head, and used rubber, spirit gum, and fish skin (yes, fish skin) to pull back his nose and flare his nostrils. The getup was extremely painful and his nose bled from the abuse, but the effort paid off in the end. Movie-goers reportedly fainted from shock at seeing the Phantom's ghoulish unmasked face.



Leprechaun
ACTOR: Warwick Davis
MOVIE: Leprechaun (1993)

Warwick Davis was a mere eleven years old when he was picked by George Lucas to play Wicket the Ewok in "Return of the Jedi." Since then, he's been in many sci-fi/fantasy movies from "Willow" to "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to this movie where he plays a murderous imp with a pot of gold.



The Faun
ACTOR: Doug Jones
MOVIE: Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Doug Jones spent five hours in makeup for both his role as The Faun and the child-devouring Pale Man. Though his costumes left him mostly blind while standing on eight-inch lifts, his primary concern was one of language. Even though he spoke no Spanish, Jones insisted on delivering his lines, and he arduously memorized his parts while in makeup. In the end, though, director Guillermo del Toro had his lines dubbed by a Spanish actor.



Frankenstein
ACTOR: Boris Karloff
MOVIE: Frankenstein (1931)

Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) became a star playing Frankenstein's monster and he went on to play the role again in two other movies. While shooting "Son of Frankenstein" (1939), his daughter was born, so he reportedly rushed to the hospital in full makeup.



Leatherface
ACTOR: Andrew Bryniarski
MOVIE: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Bryniarski got his start in the movie biz when he was spotted by a talent scout while he was visiting a friend in L.A. A couple months later, he landed a part in "Hudson Hawk." Since then, his looming 6'5" presence has appeared in a string of flicks, most famously as a chainsaw-wielding lunatic with a penchant for strange headgear.



Predator
ACTOR: Kevin Peter Hall
MOVIE: Predator (1987)

Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally slated to play the jungle-dwelling alien hunter, but the "Muscles from Brussels" stands at a mere 5'9" -- a less than intimidating height against the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse "The Body" Ventura. The filmmakers hired Hall instead, who stood 7' 4" -- a good fourteen inches above the Governator.



Gill-Man
ACTOR: Ben Chapman
MOVIE: Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

Chapman's latex and rubber suit was so constricting that he was unable to sit down during the daily fourteen hour production day. When he wasn't shooting, Chapman would stand in the lake in the studio's back lot to keep from overheating.



Darth Vader
ACTOR: David Prowse
MOVIE: Star Wars (1977)

Most people associate Vader with James Earl Jones, who did his voice. But the guy in the suit was David Prowse, a British bodybuilder and competitive weightlifter. Though at his prime Prowse stood at about 6'6", he has had to endure multiple operations for arthritis, which cut four inches off his height.



King Kong
ACTOR: Rick Baker
MOVIE: King Kong (1976)

Rick Baker is a legend in the field of special makeup effects. He turned Michael Jackson into a werewolf in "Thriller" and Eddie Murphy into a fat woman in "Norbit." But his one major role in front of the camera was under pounds of fake fur, latex, and animatronic muscle as Kong. You can actually see his face in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" as a biplane pilot shooting at the great ape.



Godzilla
ACTOR: Kenpachiro Satsuma
MOVIE: Godzilla Vs. Destroyah (1995)

Satsuma got his start in world of rubber-suited monsters in "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster" (1972), playing the Smog Monster. Eventually, he worked his way up to play the fire-breathing big guy in ten movies. Working in those suits was no easy business. They're heavy and poorly ventilated. Satsuma regularly passed out on set because of lack of oxygen.

Whispers68: I would like to honor each individual behind the masks because it takes quite a lot to perform your duties, especially in Satsuma's situation where he would pass out on the set several times due to a lack of oxygen. Some of these portrayal's are new to me, such as Kevin Porter Hall who was actually 7'4. So who has been your favorite character over the years?
Source: Movies.Yahoo
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LEEE777 - 10/31/2009, 2:42 PM
Trick or Treat!!! ; D

Very nicely done @ WHISPERS @ Fantastic article!!

Ive met the DARTH VADER dude.
ThisFan - 10/31/2009, 2:42 PM
i saw this on yahoo this mornin and commented awesome on it so ill do the same here

awesome
LEEE777 - 10/31/2009, 2:44 PM
I 2nd Awesome!!!
wyatt1234 - 10/31/2009, 2:46 PM
This is just a copy from yahoo, but thanks for puting it on CBm. good article.
ThisFan - 10/31/2009, 2:58 PM
Thats true it is a exact copy.

@LEEE cool where did you meet him
lc - 10/31/2009, 3:25 PM
omfg leee shut
up about that
man damn!!
did u know
i aint happy
some twat in sebs
again ,looks gd tho
should be home about
ten!!
Imran - 10/31/2009, 4:00 PM
Nice article..

Doesn't really matter if it's copied though.. As long as it's acknowledged that'll do fine!
poseidon - 10/31/2009, 4:07 PM
Godzilla is the best of all time!
KheshireKat - 10/31/2009, 4:08 PM
is this not the same article on yahoo??
JoshWilding - 10/31/2009, 4:25 PM
Wow, this is pretty interesting! Good find Whispers68! :)
imnotwearinghockeypants - 10/31/2009, 4:28 PM
Bela Lugosi, anyone?
antz1104 - 10/31/2009, 4:37 PM
Nice! Speaking of masks, everyone should see Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Awesome movie!
jallanr - 10/31/2009, 4:52 PM
awesome find, very cool

woo hoo!
LEEE777 - 10/31/2009, 5:10 PM
TYKO @ When i was a kid lol, toy store promotion. It was very cool though an of couse he took his helmet off, i never understood why he sounded different back lol. Heh heh.

WHISPERS @ How about putting a voting poll up for everyone favorite up there for a bit of fun???
SlaughterHouse - 10/31/2009, 5:15 PM
Ah Leprechuan... that movie scared the shit out of me when I was 7. The sequals are pretty campy, but I still love the first one.
CorndogBurglar - 10/31/2009, 5:42 PM
@ kheshirekat

what gave it away?? the 10 posts before yours that say the exact same thing?
Whispers68 - 10/31/2009, 6:15 PM
I wrote my portion in the beginning to introduce the pictures/characters. I'm confused as to why for this particular article, I would have to do anything besides posting the images and the names of the film/characters along with a brief history about the actor from the original article.

I didn't make it appear as if I made the article up on my own and didn't contribute an original source; Yahoo.

But thanks to everyone else who saw the article for what it was.

@LEEE
A poll would've been a good idea...hmmm. Good idea buddy

brycied - 10/31/2009, 6:32 PM
you stole this from yahoo
Minotauro - 10/31/2009, 7:09 PM
Good job Whisper! I did not know David Prowse was Kong?! That's crizazy!! ;)
ThisFan - 10/31/2009, 7:14 PM
@LEEE cool

@brycied i think a lot of people already said that

@slaughterhouse the original is still scary even now
Christuffer - 10/31/2009, 8:26 PM
cool article even tho its stolen
cris1986 - 10/31/2009, 9:51 PM
@Marvel Rules they are making a Creature From the Black Lagoon http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485799/ I searched before i said anything ha ha.

The only 3 that are stolen from yahoo is Freddy Jason And Michael. Great Find Whispers68.
RockNRollCC - 10/31/2009, 11:11 PM
yeh, i gotta agree with @brycied, i did see this on yahoo b4, but its a pretty nice 1
Betty - 11/1/2009, 12:52 AM
Kevin Peter Hall was also in a tv show called "The Misfits of Science". Loved that show. There was a lightning guy, and an ice guy, a really smart guy and Hall could touch the back of his neck and shrink, whenever need be.
MisterFixit - 11/1/2009, 5:18 AM
Betty@ :-( loved that show too. I'm searching the episodes in italian language since i saw it the first time. May be 20 years ago. I was i child. Damn!
MisterFixit - 11/1/2009, 5:20 AM
And the same for "21 jump street". Double damn!
LEEE777 - 11/1/2009, 6:54 AM
WHISPERS @ I know you cant edit your article when it goes in main, but i can put the poll on top of the page right now if you want, for all those guys???!
georgia49th - 11/1/2009, 9:26 AM
Say you forgot Lon Chaney Jr as the wolfman or even Michal Landon as the teenage werewolf....
Betty - 11/1/2009, 9:38 AM
MultiPurposePoni-- That was Courtney Cox!?
MisterFixit - 11/1/2009, 10:02 AM
Yeah betty,she was only 19 years old,short hair and beautifull. I was in love with her !
FrankCastle1 - 11/1/2009, 5:38 PM
gyaka gyaka !
selinakyle - 11/2/2009, 7:21 AM
Who was the original Michael Myers? Thats who i want to know.

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