Wednesday, June 24, 2009

When toups go wrong.

Here, the main rear hairpiece is positioned slightly sideways as opposed to backwards...

One of the telltale signs of Shatner's toup is how perfectly arranged it had to be in order for it to seem normal. Real hair doesn't act that way. So, the slightest odd combing or arrangement, and suddenly, the whole trick is blown - (that is why action sequences were particularly tricky - more on that later). Here are a few examples from the Star Trek episodes "The Omega Glory"and "Elaan of Troyius" in which either hairstylist Freddie Phillips was away or everyone was a bit tired and didn't notice.

Same mistake here. The rear toup suddenly looks like it might slip off and gives the impression of oddly long hair. The "backcomb" toup that covers the crown must be perfectly placed to maintain the illusion.

Slightly off.

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