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  1. They should have gotten Conchita to play the lead in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, then they might not have had to use that hideous dental prosthesis that marred the entire movie.

  2. One song after I posted the video, ‘We are unstoppable’ came on the house music system – personal coincidence.

    Rami Malek actually had it gold-plated as a souvenir. I’ve only seen clips of the movie, and I agree . . . he could’ve just played the part without the prosthetic and he still would’ve been believable, IMO.

  3. Watching the Queen video and then one of an interview with Rowan Atkinson made me think of how so-called ‘deformities’ are often made into something beneficial: Freddie Mercury’s extra teeth (which he refused to have removed, fearing it would change his voice range);Steve Buscemi’s malformed dentition (which he refused to have changed, fearing [maybe] loss of recognition); Rowan Atkinson’s . . . well, he has a strange face, but uses it so well; Terry Thomas’ dentition division.

    Any others you can think of?

  4. I’ve learned to trust that these people stick to the truth, though humorously. So, you might be interested in

  5. Twice that I can recall, I have mistaken a heavy-duty makeup (and in one case, prosthesis) job for the way the actor actually looks, and not learned of my mistake until later.

    The first was not in the category of “looking like abnormal development” but just a young actor playing old. This was Rod Steiger (born 1925) as Sol Nazerman, the title character of “The Pawnbroker” (1964). So that would make him about 39 or 40, not a kid but not the doddering old guy portrayed.

    It seems an odd mistake to make, as he was actually a prominent actor with a considerable history on stage as well as big and small screen (like “On the Waterfront” ten years earlier). But my friends and I as teens just getting into being able to watch “serious” adult movies, were not part of the clued-in public that knew things like who was who and what the news and gossip were.

    The other was “Mask” (1985) — the Cher one, not the Jim Carrey 1994 one (which was “The Mask” anyway). IMDB summarizes: “A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.” Eric Stoltz played the very unusual-looking character Rocky, and I accepted the makeup and prosthesis as what the actor must really look like.

    Some time later I saw him in something else — probably on TV in “Mad About You” (1995,97, 98) or “Once and Again” (2001) but not “Chicago Hope” (1998-99) , which I have never seen — and had a very brief moment of “Oh, that’s the guy from Mask, I guess the surgery worked!” before a considerable facepalm moment.

    (No that’s not Cher of course, it’s Laura Dern..)

  6. Sylvester Stallone was born with Bell’s Palsy, giving him his characteristic look and way of speaking.

    I remember any number of children’s stories and fairy tales and especially Fractured Fairy Tales where the hero has some unwanted quality, has a genie or fairy take it away, and learns that it was the secret of his happiness or success. For instance: https://youtu.be/AtKveYW84RY

  7. @ Andréa – Don’t forget that in addition to his physical “assets”, Rowan Atkinson also has a latent stutter. However, he is very adept at concealing this on film and on stage, in part because he is careful to craft appropriate lines, even to the extent of turning the resulting (“explosive”) pronunciation to his own advantage. This is part of the reason that many of the characters that he plays against (such as in “Blackadder”) have the name “Bob” (note the “plosiv” consonants at either end). If you watch some of the interviews in the extras on various DVDs, his stutter is much more apparent.

  8. What a coincidence – I watched this video last night and learned about his stutter/stammer and his use of it for ‘BoB’ . . . ‘Blackadder – The Whole Rotten Saga’

  9. 1970s super-model Lauren Hutton ignored advice to “fix” the gap in her upper teeth.

    Didn’t do her any harm.

    (note to non-geezers: she was big)

  10. Many, many thanks to Andréa for that “Blackadder” link, it was wonderful to watch, except that it was one chapter too short: other than a few brief clips, they did not say anything about the “Blackadder Back and Forth” special (first aired in 2000). That was a terrific finale for the whole franchise, even if it more or less put the final nail in the coffin as to any hopes for a fifth series.
    P.S. @ Bill – On the subject of “gaps”, let’s not forget David Letterman.

  11. I don’t care for Blackadder myself, but I DID like that ‘making of’. Same with the ‘making of’ Fawlty Towers I recently watched. (I’ve watched more online videos in the past few months than my entire life of TV-watching; it becomes addictive, doesn’t it . . . .)

  12. I just recently saw Paul Scheer in some sort of interview or BTS clip, and he happily joined in with jokes about people being able to remember him from other cast members as the one with the gap teeth.

    Eve Myles also has that separation. Most of the pictures on her IMDB page have her lips closed, but here is one showing that:

  13. Front gaps run in my father’s family. I was one of the kids that inherited one. Naturally, one of the things you learn to do is spit through the gap.

  14. And the Wife of Bath described her own case of gap tooth as the mark of Venus, inclining her toward love/lust:

    Gat-tothed I was, and that bicam me weel,
    I hadde the prente of Seinte Venus seel.
    As help me God, I was a lusty oon,

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