USD 1.6m worth of make up goes into making 'The Hobbit' dwarf

May 03, 2013, 02:39 IST | ANI

To make a man look like a dwarf, it takes three hours in the make-up chair, ten test faces, a wig, a beard, some body padding, eight weeks of dwarf-walk training and 1.6 million dollars worth of prosthetics.

Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield in the JRR Tolkien/Peter Jackson-adapted ‘The Hobbit’, revealed to News.com.au the lengths it took to transform him into the King Under The Mountain.

'The Hobbit'
'The Hobbit'. PIc/Santa Banta

“Well it’s my beard, which I’m growing back in time for the next lot of filming, the hair is a wig which strangely a lot of people don’t realise, but the forehead the eyebrows and the nose are all prosthetics,” he said.

He said that it takes about three hours to get ready - about an hour and a half for the face and 45 minutes for the hair.  If they started shooting at eight o’clock they would have to be in the chair at 4.30am.

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