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Cool Videos: Makeup and prosthetics test for Sam Raimi's original Green Goblin design

Nov. 27, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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With the news that Sony is currently casting Harry Osborn for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, it seems inevitable that the studio is eventually planning another go at a Goblin-related villain in Spider-Man's near future.  Sam Raimi already tread this ground once, and while not everybody was a fan of the design Raimi and his team eventually settled on, Willem Dafoe's desperate and deliciously unhinged performance made his demonic-looking suit work just fine.

But as you may or may not know, the final product was far from what Raimi originally intended.  The original design can be seen in the video below which showcases the makeup and prosthetics testing of the concept, and not only is it cool - it's downright freaky at times.  Word is that it was Dafoe himself who objected to this rendition of the character, as it would have been both very uncomfortable for him and more difficult for him to do his own stunts. 

As per the description which accompanied the footage: "this video shows ADI's talented crew creating the test makeup of Green Goblin for Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN. This hybrid animatronic/makeup made use of a silicone skin animated by servos and the facial performance of Tom Woodruff, Jr."

Extra Tidbit: What design direction do you hope they go with the next cinematic adaptation of the Green Goblin?
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7:30PM on 11/28/2012

this is pretty badass

sam raimi.... how the F did you go from this, to james franco on a snowboard?
sam raimi.... how the F did you go from this, to james franco on a snowboard?
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10:54AM on 11/28/2012
It does look really cool but I remain skeptical it would have worked in the film. One thing you don't see in the video: talking. I could be wrong but it very well could be that they discovered it was difficult to impossible to sync the mask's lip and jaw movements with speech and make it convincing.
It does look really cool but I remain skeptical it would have worked in the film. One thing you don't see in the video: talking. I could be wrong but it very well could be that they discovered it was difficult to impossible to sync the mask's lip and jaw movements with speech and make it convincing.
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9:02AM on 11/28/2012
This is cool, and so sad that Willem Defoe didn't get to capitalize on expression with his lousy mask for the film. This is cool, and wished that Defoe could have been maskless and just with makeup, prosthetics or something.
This is cool, and so sad that Willem Defoe didn't get to capitalize on expression with his lousy mask for the film. This is cool, and wished that Defoe could have been maskless and just with makeup, prosthetics or something.
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2:31PM on 11/27/2012
Dear Marc Webb,

When you get around to the Green Goblin. please call ADI.

Love, Everybody
Dear Marc Webb,

When you get around to the Green Goblin. please call ADI.

Love, Everybody
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12:43PM on 11/27/2012
Wow, now that's how Green Goblin is supposed to look!
Wow, now that's how Green Goblin is supposed to look!
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11:55AM on 11/27/2012
Everybody in the comments section seems to be forgetting that the movie is loosely based in reality, but not so loosely that an articulated mask would make sense. The movie would have to show Norman applying the make up, because it blends into his actual skin, especially around the lower lip. They had to drop this mask idea because it is not as grounded as the helmet we ultimately got.
Everybody in the comments section seems to be forgetting that the movie is loosely based in reality, but not so loosely that an articulated mask would make sense. The movie would have to show Norman applying the make up, because it blends into his actual skin, especially around the lower lip. They had to drop this mask idea because it is not as grounded as the helmet we ultimately got.
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12:57AM on 11/28/2012
ah ok
ah ok
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11:34AM on 11/27/2012
I hope they do some good ol' fashion make up work like this in the new one and stay away from the CGI
I hope they do some good ol' fashion make up work like this in the new one and stay away from the CGI
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11:21AM on 11/27/2012

The Kids!

I bet you anything this was thrown out because of the kids. I could see kids being really scared of this creature/man here, mask or no. Whereas there was literally nothing frightening about the one in the finished film. Kids are tough, and they could've handled it, but I bet you the producers were thinking "How are we going to sell action figures to kids who will be too scared to see it?"
I bet you anything this was thrown out because of the kids. I could see kids being really scared of this creature/man here, mask or no. Whereas there was literally nothing frightening about the one in the finished film. Kids are tough, and they could've handled it, but I bet you the producers were thinking "How are we going to sell action figures to kids who will be too scared to see it?"
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11:45AM on 11/27/2012
Not a bad point at all.

When tie-in sales come in the way of creative vision (see Return of the Jedi for a sad but prime example of this), you know you have a problem.
Not a bad point at all.

When tie-in sales come in the way of creative vision (see Return of the Jedi for a sad but prime example of this), you know you have a problem.
11:12AM on 11/27/2012
This would have worked if they were going for a more "creature" or "monster"-driven look, and the blend of animatronics and prosthetics makeup is truly impressive, but I think a more mechanical look would have worked better with the concept of the character they were going with...the suit and mask that ended up in the movie don't particularly bother me, but they can come off as rather goofy and could have been refined some. Always cool to see what could have been.
This would have worked if they were going for a more "creature" or "monster"-driven look, and the blend of animatronics and prosthetics makeup is truly impressive, but I think a more mechanical look would have worked better with the concept of the character they were going with...the suit and mask that ended up in the movie don't particularly bother me, but they can come off as rather goofy and could have been refined some. Always cool to see what could have been.
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10:43AM on 11/27/2012
That was pretty impressive the way the mask could change and have so many different looks. You have to wonder why they switched from that after obviously spending so much time and effort on it to... a helmet. Kind of lame.
That was pretty impressive the way the mask could change and have so many different looks. You have to wonder why they switched from that after obviously spending so much time and effort on it to... a helmet. Kind of lame.
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10:35AM on 11/27/2012

I love Spiderman 2

Spiderman and Spiderman 2 are VERY similar movies (in tone, plot, action beat, etc) but I LOVE Spiderman 2 and think that the first Spiderman is only ok. The reason? Doc Ock looked (and acted) amazing! Willem Dafoe was awesome as Norman Osbourne but when he wore that power ranger outfit, he took me right of the movie. The suit was lame. I cannot believe they didn't go with the above route. That Green Goblin looks AWESOME!!!
Spiderman and Spiderman 2 are VERY similar movies (in tone, plot, action beat, etc) but I LOVE Spiderman 2 and think that the first Spiderman is only ok. The reason? Doc Ock looked (and acted) amazing! Willem Dafoe was awesome as Norman Osbourne but when he wore that power ranger outfit, he took me right of the movie. The suit was lame. I cannot believe they didn't go with the above route. That Green Goblin looks AWESOME!!!
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9:55AM on 11/27/2012

Wow.

That would have rocked so much better! Much better than the stupid helmet they ultimately used.
That would have rocked so much better! Much better than the stupid helmet they ultimately used.
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