"Scary handsome": the cast. "Scary handsome": the plot of the film, film crew
In 2011, director Daniel Barnes presented a modern interpretation of the famous fairy tale about Beauty and the Beast. As a story familiar from childhood embodied in a new reality? Read the details in our article.
A new tale
“Scary Beautiful” - a 2011 film that brought magic to an urbanized and stylish Manhattan. The name of the modern prince is Kyle. But initially he does not look like a noble hero. A young man revels in vanity. He judges people by appearances, and he considers himself the ideal of attractiveness. A wealthy father does not deny him anything, the girls languidly sigh after him, and in his own school he becomes president.
But disregard for others brings trouble to the young man. Among others, he chooses an extraordinary girl named Kendra, who turns out to be a modern witch, as a target for mockery.In retaliation, she imposes a curse on Kyle: his appearance becomes a reflection of an ugly inner world. Kendra gives a young man a year to search for someone who truly loves him, despite the repulsive appearance. Only pure love will melt the hearts of the ice and the former youth will return the image. Can Kyle find the one?
Vanessa Hudgens - princess in jeans
The role of the girl Lindy, who looks first of all not with his eyes, but with his heart, went to Vanessa Hudgens. Before that, the young actress had already become famous thanks to the shooting in the megapopular youth film from the Disney studio “The Classical Musical”. Vanessa more than once participated in the projects of the legendary film company. In her career account and role in other successful films, for example, in such as "Frozen Earth" and "Machete kills."
Enchanted Alex Pettifer
The role of the modern prince, the victim of the spell, was entrusted to Alex Pettifer. The actor was not a newcomer to the cinema. Already at the age of fifteen, he appeared in the film "Tom Brown's School Years." The next item in his filmography were "Sepia", "The Thunderer", "I - the fourth." The image of enchanted Kyle fit well with Pettifer.
The director decided to adhere to modern trends in everything, and therefore the character’s look changed after the curse of the sorceress does not look like the appearance of the Beast from the Disney cartoon. Kyle, the victim of the spell, takes an informal look: his body and face are now covered with numerous scars, tattoos and piercings.
Alex Pettifer also agreed to shave his head for this role, and make-up artists spent seven hours daily on the actor's makeup. The concept of makeup was very carefully developed by a team of designers led by the famous professional makeup artist Tony Gardner. Pettifer himself, as well as Vanessa Hudgens, were impressed by the ingenious and original design idea.
Other bright characters
What other actors did the movie do? “Terribly handsome” is interesting not only for starring actors, but also for minor ones. Mary-Kate Olsen, who embodied the image of the witch of the XXI century, deserves undoubted attention. The modern enchantress - a fashionable representative of the subculture is ready with a fascinating look in the style of smoky eyes and a confident walk on high heels. Surely Mary-Kate, which is famous for its excellent sense of style,she also helped costumers to prepare outfits for their heroine, because in each episode the witch appears in a new and very original dress.
He also appeared in the film Neil Patrick Harris, who became famous for his role in the comedy series "How I Met Your Mother." He played a blind teacher hired by his father to teach the changed Kyle at home. In order to realistically depict the habits of the blind, Harris wore impermeable contact lenses on the set.
In several episodes, you can see Dakotu Johnson, who is now gaining fame through the filming of Fifty Shades of Gray. The actress reincarnated as Kyle's ex-girlfriend, Sloan, the owner of the same high self-esteem, like himself. When a young man encounters difficulties, Sloan throws him with ease.
Witchcraft helps Kyle understand who he really cares about. One of the most dramatic manifestations of the plot was the relationship of the young man with his father, played by Peter Krause. Kayla's father is a TV presenter and businessman, his face constantly flashes on the screen. It is he who convinces his son that beautiful appearance is the main guarantee of success in society, and after the transformation he avoids contact with Kyle. At the end of the film, Kendra comes to the internship for the man’s company.This is a sarcastic allusion to the fact that the enchantress will implant the correct moral values to him.
Details and facts
“Terribly handsome” - the film in 2011, whose budget amounted to 17 million dollars. Rental fees brought the creators of the picture a worthy benefit - 43 million. The slogan of the release was chosen phrase with philosophical overtones: "Love is never ugly."
Were the actors immediately approved in the film? “Scary handsome” could come out with a different composition - it is known that Daniel Barnes initially offered the main role to Robert Pattinson. The actor was forced to reject the proposal due to excessive employment in other projects.
Kayla could also play Zack Effron, who was then Vanessa Hudgens’s boyfriend. A couple in life could become a couple on the screen again after the “High School Musical" and more likely to portray the burgeoning feeling of the characters.
As a result, the contract was concluded with Pettifer, nevertheless, his duet with Vanessa did not turn out to be unemotional. In the story, the action takes place in New York, but in fact, where were the actors filmed? "Scary handsome" conveyed the spirit of Canadian Montreal.The love story of Kyle and Lindy is accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack that includes tracks by Regina Spector, Matt Kearney and other talented performers.
Film critics were cold. Reviews were mostly negative. The opinions of the reviewers included statements: an abundance of clichés, primitive dialogues and predictability of the plot. How were the actors rated? “Scary handsome,” in their opinion, a film where they didn’t particularly try to play and convey the feelings of the characters.
However, the box office confirms that the movie is still interested in the audience, especially the teenage segment. Moreover, the authoritative magazine The Times made the picture in the list of the largest film projects of 2011, and the main actors of the film “Terribly beautiful” were nominated for the Teen Choice Awards. Watching this melodrama with your soulmate can diversify a boring evening.