“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” made its primetime debut back in 1999, and it has surprisingly been on the air ever since. In fact, it currently holds the title of longest running live-action drama in television history. For more than half of the series’ seemingly endless run, “Special Victims Unit” also fronted arguably one of the best-loved crime-fighting duos the small screen has seen in Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni). As that duo has been making waves again with Meloni’s return to the “Law & Order” realm, we’ve recently discovered the Benson and Stabler team we know and love almost didn’t happen — because John Slattery was in the running to play Stabler.
Hargitay and Meloni admitted as much in a recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. During their segment, the duo naturally promoted “Special Victims Unit,” and Meloni’s new spin-off series “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” But they also hilariously ended up re-enacting their first meeting. Turns out that in the fateful moment, Hargitay actually mistook her future co-star to be John Slattery, whom she was also slated to screen test with. It’s unclear whether Slattery ever turned up for that screen test, but it seems he was indeed far enough along in the casting process that a read with Hargitay was on the books.
Fate, of course, had other plans for everyone involved. And as much as we all love John Slattery, it’s safe to say the casting team on “Special Victims Unit” made the right call.
Did Emmy Rossum Use Prosthetic Breasts for Angelyne?
‘Angelyne’ tells the story of the original Hollywood icon who is famous for being famous. Often called the billboard queen because of the many billboards around Los Angeles that sport her likeness, the show’s titular character remains famous for decades. In her appearance on talk shows and in interviews, Angelyne says she is whatever her fans want her to be.
The show attempts to recreate the actual titular Hollywood icon from the 1980s and 1990s, with actress Emmy Rossum essaying the role. The bleached blonde, noticeably busty figure of Angelyne seen on the show is a good likeness to the original despite the actress playing her looking quite unlike Angelyne to begin with. Let’s take a look at how Emmy Rossum turned herself into the titular character of ‘Angelyne.’
Are Emmy Rossum Breasts Fake or Real in the Show?
Actress Emmy Rossum actually spent years trying to bring the series to fruition after initially having the idea to essay Hollywood’s billboard queen, Angelyne. After crossing many a hurdle, including buying the rights to Angelyne’s life, trademarks, art, and punk-pop music catalog, all of which are present on the show, Rossum focused her attention on the transformative makeover that turned her into a convincing image of Angelyne.
In one memorable instance, the actress actually walked into a production meeting with her entire garb on. In a blonde wig and leopard-print arm warmers, Rossum interrupted the meeting and passed out rose quartz crystals while holding a peacock feather. To make her physique look like Angelyne’s, Rossum was clad in high heel stilettos and donned a massive 3-pound breastplate. So accurate was her rendition that a few people in the room actually thought for a few moments that the real Angelyne had walked in.
The heavy breastplate that Rossum wore for long periods took its toll, and there were multiple reports of the actress getting blisters from the fake breasts. She also developed tear duct issues because of the two pairs of contact lenses and copious eye makeup she would have to wear for most scenes. All of this resulted in the actress spending between four and five hours almost every day in the makeup chair. The actress also bleached her eyebrows for the role.
Rossum’s husband, ‘Mr. Robot‘ creator Sam Esmail who is also a producer on ‘Angelyne,’ claimed that there were times that even he couldn’t recognize his wife. While Esmail described the situation as kind of eerie, Rossum actually found looking completely unlike herself a liberating experience. “The physicality of the character was challenging. The body is heavy, yet it has to feel light and effervescent,” she told The Hollywood Reporter, continuing, “At first, it’s unnerving. But feeling lost gives way to this real liberation — from myself and the hang-ups that can impede a performance.”
Rossum delved deep into recreating Angelyne, purchasing the latter’s meditation tapes from eBay, and even meeting the titular icon to get her blessing for the show. Rossum claims Angelyne told her to tell the story she wanted to tell. Ultimately, the actress wants to make the show a love letter to Angelyne and has put substantial effort into recreating the glamorous icon, including donning 3-pound prosthetic breasts. The end result is a convincing likeness of Angelyne that aims to bring her distinctive and mysterious charm to screen.
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Scott Derrickson Says Walking Away From Doctor Strange 2 Was 'Most Difficult Decision' of His Career
There is no way to deny that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been a psychedelic trip to success for Marvel Studios and director Sam Raimi. While there has been a lot for Raimi fans to enjoy in the latest MCU blockbuster, it could have been very different if original director Scott Derrickson had remained at the helm. Although there were certain things already in place when Raimi was drafted in to replace Derrickson, Raimi’s style of filmmaking is all over the movie. Now Derrickson, who directed 2016’s Doctor Strange but left the sequel over “creative differences,” has called the choice to step away one of the most difficult choices he has ever made.
Scott Derrickson seemed like the perfect choice to make the MCU’s first “horror movie,” having helmed Doctor Strange’s debut movie and also directed terrifying cinematic offerings such as Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. However, not long into the production schedule of Multiverse of Madness, Derrickson left the project in what he has now addressed as “the hardest decision of my career.” In a new interview with Empire magazine, Derrickson explained that in the end, the decision was more about his personal mental well-being than the movie. He said:
Instead of continuing with Multiverse of Madness, Derrickson moved on to co-write and direct The Black Phone, a film based on a short story by Joe Hill that he described as his “most personal film yet.” It centers on the kind of serial killer violence that was almost the norm in his childhood, thanks to the likes of the Mansons and Ted Bundy. Derrickson even recalled a friend whose mother was “abducted, raped, wrapped in a phone cord and thrown in the local lake.”
Although the departure of anyone from a big production always comes with lots of rumors and speculation about disagreements on set between cast and crew, Derrickson is quick to make sure everyone knows that there was no animosity at all around his parting ways with Marvel Studios, something that should already be apparent from his public comments and praise for the movie. He said to Empire:
With early comments suggesting that Derrickson’s The Black Phone is a movie that will undoubtedly leave a lasting mark on those who see it, the film’s release on June 24 will be one to remember for horror fans. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is about to become the highest-grossing movie of the year so far as it continues to enchant audiences at the worldwide box office.