ZEUS–Bleached, dressed & on-set by 3pm


Zeus

Our art directors at UVPH envisioned Zeus as a younger man, but with white hair, a white beard, and white markings across his face and chest. White has a purity and power about it that one would attribute to the king of the gods. Plus, the juxtaposition of a fairly young guy all in white would be striking. And it was.

But it took hours.

To make his call time, Joseph Beddelem–our actor playing Zeus–had to leave Tangier, where he was filming another project, the night before. It’s a 12 hour ride to Ouarzazate. He was expected to arrive in town around 9am, and go right to the local salon to have his black hair bleached THREE times, which would take 3-4 hours. We needed him bleached, dressed and on set by 3pm.

At 10 am, we got the call that he was still three hours away. A flash flood had washed out the road through the mountains. We’d never make our day.

Thankfully, the gods intervened on our behalf. The road was re-opened, and Joseph made it to town around 1pm, and went straight to the salon. Meanwhile, we shot without him as best we could.

By 4:30pm, he was on set, but his transformation wasn’t quite complete. Next came the make-up. Getting clean, crisp edges on a very intricate design for his face and chest didn’t come quickly. Plus, his hair was still blonde – no amount of bleach would make it white. So our whole make-up department swarmed around him like bees. Here he was, having driven all night from Tangier, having endured three uncomfortable bleach cycles, scalp burning, lying on the floor of our make-up tent while his hair, face and chest were hastily polished.

At 6pm, he was finally on set. And looking just how I would picture Zeus.

Zeus Lightning

Kudos to everyone who made it happen.

–Chris Cassel,
Clash of the Gods, Series Director & Writer

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5 Comments on “ZEUS–Bleached, dressed & on-set by 3pm”


  1. He seems he liked wearing the outfit. Did he walk around town through bolds of lightening at people?

  2. Vinnie Says:

    Chris, I had no idea you had to go through all this work just to get him on set with white hair. There is a documentary in just that story.
    VK

  3. Karen Mathys Says:

    It would be cool if you have a “making of the episodes” section on the DVD!!! *hint hint* !!

  4. Demeter Says:

    Watching Joseph Beddelem play Zeus makes me yearn for that old time religion.

  5. Peggy Says:

    Demeter Said:

    September 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm
    Watching Joseph Beddelem play Zeus makes me yearn for that old time religion.

    Oh my yes………!


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