ONCE UPON A TIME: Robert Carlyle on Mr. Gold & Rumpelstiltskin

ONCE UPON A TIME: Robert Carlyle on Mr. Gold & Rumpelstiltskin

In a wide-ranging interview with the Scottish Express, actor Robert Carlyle discussed the ABC series Once Upon a Time and his dual role of the enigmatic Mr. Gold and Rumplestiltskin.  “I’m a lucky man to be a part of this show,” he said. “It must cost somewhere in the region of two or three million pounds an episode. Back home we can make two or three wee movies for that kind of money!”
In discussing the make-up required for the show to transform him into Rumplestiltskin, he added, “The make-up is so severe that it takes two hours to get on. The costume, the boots with the lace-ups, it takes 20 minutes for those. Then the nails go on, and the contact lenses. The whole effect is like a mask. Then I started to think about the mask work and stuff that I had done back in drama school in Scotland. When you’re inside a mask, for some reason you just grow, it takes you somewhere else in your head, you just enjoy yourself in a way that you can’t when your bare naked face is just showing. You’ll see Rumpelstiltskin striking weird poses. It all comes from the work that I did at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow. I took it from that world.”
As to the character’s voice, he noted, “I suddenly heard my son, Pearce, walking round the house doing these wee cackling noises. I thought, that is interesting. So I took a big deep breath and it worked.”
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