Sunday, September 16, 2012

Original Green Goblin Makeup Test for Raimi's SPIDER-MAN

Oh, what could have been.

A second test video has surfaced on YouTube for the original Green Goblin makeup designed for the 2002 film adaptation of Marvel Comics' Spider-Man.  Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., the special effects company behind the makeup, created a hybrid animatronic/makeup of silicone skin animated by servos and has Tom Woodruff, Jr. underneath the Goblin makeup.

The footage around the 1:40 mark is especially impressive, as Woodruff displays a look of sadness that quickly turns to a smile and then goes all kinds of uber-creepy.  But no, this fantastic piece of artistry was dumped, presumably when actor Willem Dafoe was cast in the role of Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin.  Dafoe rejected the initially bulky designs created beforehand and the final design focused on a more streamlined and athletic feel.  The mask was created to be an extreme cartoon version of Dafoe's face, focusing on his long cheekbones. 

Unfortunately, as we all know, said final design ended up being something less than uber-creepy and more like a cheesy villain from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:

Hopefully, if the sequel to this year's Amazing Spider-Man brings the Green Goblin back to the big screen, director Marc Webb will go back and incorporate some of the ADI makeup design into his Goblin.

Here's the second makeup test video, followed by the previous one that was posted back in 2011...

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