How Jonah Hex's Deformed Face Could Have Cost Brolin His Eye

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So exactly how does one recreate the hideous brow of Western anti-hero Jonah Hex? Josh Brolin, who wanted to do it "au natural," talked about how recreating a comic book in real life can turn your eye into a raisin.

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Illustration for article titled How Jonah Hex's Deformed Face Could Have Cost Brolin His Eye
Illustration for article titled How Jonah Hex's Deformed Face Could Have Cost Brolin His Eye
Illustration for article titled How Jonah Hex's Deformed Face Could Have Cost Brolin His Eye
Illustration for article titled How Jonah Hex's Deformed Face Could Have Cost Brolin His Eye
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At the round table for Jonah Hex Brolin talked about the difficulties of becoming a mutated cowboy, with tape and prosthetics:

"It was a horror story, within itself. Three hours in a make-up chair, a day. We figured at the end with 46 shooting days, that I had spent five and a half full days in the make up chair. It's great for the first five days, but then after that it starts to get a little old. We're very lucky, because I did a couple prosthetics in Louisiana for [George Bush biopic] W, and we had some problems with it. This is how it worked [for Jonah Hex]: there was a piece of tape on my cheek, there was also a piece of tape behind my ear, which we fastened to the back of my neck. We put a prosthesis over that. Then I had a mouth piece that held my mouth all the way back as far as it could go, and then I had another prosthetics over that.

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"Then the eye thing, that was — I wasn't going to bring that up. Jonah Hex is a comic book, it's drawn. In reality if Jonah Hex had an eye like that, it would be a little raisin somewhere back in his brain, you know what I mean? We thought about [making a computer-generated eye], but we didn't have the money to CG and all that stuff, and we really didn't want to.

"I tried is, I pulled it down, and within an hour my eye started to get infected, before I realized I'm not that committed of an actor...that I was willing to lose [an eye]... actually, I fought for it, for a little while."

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DISCUSSION

GuardianOfChaos
GuardianOfChaos

I'm worried about the state of the movie simply by the fact that, everytime an article about it comes up, the first responses are about Megan Fox. I'm not a huge follower of Hex, but anytime a fan talks about the comic they never mention his "super hot partner." I hope the movie doesn't take this focus. Nothing against Megan Fox, but I worry about the studios using her incorrectly.