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Heightened Reality: Actors Who Use Tricks to Appear Taller on Camera
Filmmakers do everything to make actors look like their characters in the movie. Some have to dye their hair, some have to change their accent, some can't leave the gym for months. And sometimes they have to play a character who is much taller or shorter than they are. In such cases, the producers use different tricks to make us feel it. Let's take a look at the TV series movie partners where height differences become an issue...
The iconic couple Bella and Edward from the movie Twilight look beautiful side by side. Edward is tall and Bella is a little bit shorter than him. But in reality, the height difference between them is much more. Bella is 1.65 cm while Edward is 1.85 cm tall.
David is 1.83 meters tall, so we know that his partner had to appear taller on screen than he actually is. Anderson, who is 5'6', said that in the scene where the characters enter a room and show each other their badges, he climbed on top of something high so that they could stand in line and that's how they shot the scene. By the way, he once turned to the camera and forgot he was standing on a box and fell.
Another proof of how filmmakers minimize the height difference between actors. In reality, Daniel Radcliffe is shorter than Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. But he says his short stature has not prevented him from building a successful career. For example, Tom Cruise or Dustin Hoffman are also short, but they are excellent actors and have very good careers.
In the Harry Potter books, Hagrid is twice the size of a normal person. Even though the actor playing the character is 6 feet tall, it still doesn't seem big enough. The director of the first two movies of the series even complained that he wanted Hagrid to be bigger, but they didn't have the resources or the budget for it. So they had a stuntman dressed in a giant Hagrid suit work with them on the big shots.
Robert Downey Jr.
In the movie Iron Man, Tony Stark looks taller than his assistant, but in real life Robert Downey is 1.73 and Gwyneth Paltrow is 1.75. You also have to take into account that she always wears high heels in the movie. So the producers had to work hard to make Robert look taller. Finally, they made Robert wear high heels. They say Robert Downey used this tactic when he was filming Sherlock Holmes.
If you watched Casablanca carefully, you may have noticed that the height difference between the actors kept changing throughout the movie. The producers did their best to hide the fact that Ingrid Bergman was taller than her partner Humphrey Bogart. They created a perception as if it was the other way around. During some parts of the movie, Ingrid stood on boxes, sat on pillows or hunched over.
According to some, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson were at odds and refused to stand side by side on set. Nevertheless, since the duo scenes in the 6th and 7th Fast and Furious movies had to be shot somehow, the producers came up with a solution. To shoot the actors separately and then put them together. At least this explains why the scenes with the two actors together look so awkward.
There are also rumors that they tried to make Vin look taller than he actually is. It's also possible that the same was done when Diesel was playing John Cena because Vin looks too big next to John. It's worth noting that in reality Diesel is 6'1', Dwanye is 6'2', and Cena is 6'3'.
Michael Clarke Duncan
In the movie The Green Mile, Duncan looks like a giant next to the others. In reality, he was only two inches taller than David Morse. He's not that much taller than Tom Hanks. He is 1.97, Morse is 1.92 and Hanks is 1.83.
In order to create the illusion that Ducan is tall, the producers have again used their techniques. For example, they shortened the length of the bed he sleeps on so that it looks bigger. They did the same for other objects.
Marvel's actors have undergone physical changes for the sake of the movie. Captain America was skinny and short before he became a superhero and they used graphic design to achieve this effect. Scarlett Johansson also had to stand tall next to her partner Chris Evans because she was 5'6' and he was 6'2'. Tom Hardy
To play the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy stayed in the gym to work on his body and learned a new speech technique to make his voice more sinister. What's more, he wore seven-inch platforms to stand taller next to Christian Bale.
In the movie The Last Song, Miley Cyrus looks shorter than her partner Liam Hemsworth, but not as much as in real life. In real life, Liam is 5'93 and Miley is 5'65, a difference of almost 30 centimeters.
Another duo with a huge height difference between them is Amanda Seyfried, who is 1.60 meters tall, and Justin Timberlake, who is 1.77 meters tall. During the filming of the movie Against Time, Amanda had to wear heels even in the fight scenes. She said in an interview that she actually wore shoes shorter than her normal height in heels. Still, it was quite difficult for her to run in heels in those scenes.
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