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Men in Suits! Check out the trailer and clips from this awesome documentary about suit acting with Doug Jones, Tom Woodruff Jr., and more!

02.22.2013
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MEN IN SUITS!  Many of us here at JoBlo.com are big fans of practical effects, including the use of make-up, prosthetics, or full on body suits when making kick ass sci-fi, horror, or whatever genre calls for it.  Although CGI has grown leaps and bounds from where it was 20 years ago, nothing beats the realism portrayed by a well-made "man in suit."  When you look at films like PREDATOR, ALIENS, HELLBOY, PUMPKINHEAD, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, etc., there's no denying that they would have lost much of their esteem had they been fully rendered with CGI. 

The new documentary MEN IN SUITS turns the spotlight to the art of suit acting, featuring interviews with some of the premier actors that "embody" these roles, such as Doug Jones (HELLBOY, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY), Tom Woodruff Jr. (ALIENS), Brian Steele (PREDATORS), and many more.  The doc has tons of behind-the-scenes footage, showcasing the process and creation of many of these suits and how these actors approached working with them.  It looks like a truly fascinating doc, especially for those of us with a deep appreciation for the use of practical effects.

Here's the trailer:

And here's a few clips:

MEN IN SUITS is another in a growing trend of Kickstarter-funded projects that has helped to bring about some truly awesome and compelling works and continues to do so (David Fincher's THE GOON adaptation was fully funded for start-up and you can still donate to get the SUPERMAN LIVES documentary off the ground). 

Diirected by Frank H. Woodward, MEN IN SUITS is currently available at Amazon.

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Extra Tidbit: Who's your favorite "Man in Suit?" Mine will always be the original Predator.
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4:09PM on 02/22/2013

that guy in that thing

this doc sounds great. in a similar vein, there was one called that guy in that thing about all those actors who have faces you know but never their names. its interesting to watch and hear about their perspective on hollywood from just to the left of the limelight. i'm looking forward to this as well.
this doc sounds great. in a similar vein, there was one called that guy in that thing about all those actors who have faces you know but never their names. its interesting to watch and hear about their perspective on hollywood from just to the left of the limelight. i'm looking forward to this as well.
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3:32PM on 02/22/2013
I would watch this. As much as I enjoy CGI, actors in well built costumes give more realistic feel and tone cause well, they are real. Kevin Peter Hall I believe was Predator and did a great job portraying such a badass Alien.
These people in costumes, much like stunt actors, deserve more credit. I will never forget the interview with James Marsters (Buffy) where he considers his stunt double just as much Spike as he is. That's respect.
As for the Turtles costumes, they are still pretty
I would watch this. As much as I enjoy CGI, actors in well built costumes give more realistic feel and tone cause well, they are real. Kevin Peter Hall I believe was Predator and did a great job portraying such a badass Alien.
These people in costumes, much like stunt actors, deserve more credit. I will never forget the interview with James Marsters (Buffy) where he considers his stunt double just as much Spike as he is. That's respect.
As for the Turtles costumes, they are still pretty damn amazing for 20+_ years ago. I hate the idea of Bay using CGI Turtles now.
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2:37PM on 02/22/2013
In terms of how natural and realistic the suit and performance were, my favorite Man In a Suit is Hellboy. My favorite Man In a Suit that I didn't even know was a man in a suit is the raptor from Jurassic Park that stands in the kitchen doorway and barks.
But my favorite all around Man In a Suit is without any doubt the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I fucking love those god damned costumes.
In terms of how natural and realistic the suit and performance were, my favorite Man In a Suit is Hellboy. My favorite Man In a Suit that I didn't even know was a man in a suit is the raptor from Jurassic Park that stands in the kitchen doorway and barks.
But my favorite all around Man In a Suit is without any doubt the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I fucking love those god damned costumes.
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1:36PM on 02/22/2013

I'll be watching this...

If they had a Behind-The-Scenes Channel (real-stuff like this, not actors talking about how amazing it was to work with so-and-so because they were so "generous"), I would not watch anything else. I hope they get technical and nerdy on our asses in this one!
If they had a Behind-The-Scenes Channel (real-stuff like this, not actors talking about how amazing it was to work with so-and-so because they were so "generous"), I would not watch anything else. I hope they get technical and nerdy on our asses in this one!
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12:32PM on 02/22/2013
I hope they dedicated it to Kevin Peter Hall.
I hope they dedicated it to Kevin Peter Hall.
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12:03PM on 02/22/2013
One of the most amazing things about Godzilla suit-acting is that it all looks so completely random. It's hard to think any of that stuff was directed.
One of the most amazing things about Godzilla suit-acting is that it all looks so completely random. It's hard to think any of that stuff was directed.
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