Both “Rocketman” and “Judy” explore the darker side of super stardom for Elton John
and Judy Garland
: two incredible, legendary performers driven to addictions and other abuses in their search for love and happiness. And the remarkable transformations of Taron Egerton
and Renée Zellweger
as John and Garland, respectively, required creative makeup, hairstyling and costuming to pull off the spirit of their iconic appearances.
Makeup/hairsylist Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou achieved a grounded, recognizable look for Egerton’s John for the musical fantasy, allowing costume designer Julian Day
to take more artistic license with the outrageous, glam wardrobe. By contrast, makeup/hairstylist Jeremy Woodhead
reworked Zellweger’s face to approximate the 47-year-old Garland’s gaunt look, while costume designer Jany Temime
needed to stylishly fit around the constraining posture of Zellweger’s emaciated, bird-like Garland.
“Elton gave Taron and [director] Dexter [Fletcher] carte blanche to not copy him or make a caricature,” Yianni-Georgiou said.