Harry Potter and the Special Effects Complexion

Posted on July 27, 2005

If only Dumbledore could do something about teenage acne. Harry Potter film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson are growing up, which means good news and bad news for the films' producers. The good news? They are growing up attractive, thank heavens. The bad news? Here comes the acne, which is exacerbated by long hours under hot lights with heavy makeup. Luckily, the special effects guys are here to save the day.

The special-effects wizards working on the Harry Potter movies made something disappear: the stars' pimples. The teenage actors are plagued by the bane of many adolescents, according to IrelandonLine, which quotes a source as saying, "We have had to employ a special effects man to go through every frame clearing up their complexions."
Digital alteration is becoming more and more common: remember all that retouching of Drew Barrymore's bum in Charlie's Angels? Sounds like a growth industry to us.

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