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Up Close and Personal
Hair department head Jerry Popolis dishes about his star-styling experience on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
was fun complementing her quirky personality with her hair, worn up and a tad wild.” Although the ﬁlm isn’t a period piece in the traditional sense of the word, it does capture a particular time in history we remember quite well. Thus, the hairstyles and hair colors had to reﬂect those worn in 2001, which proved yet another challenging feat for Popolis. “I stayed away from the ombré trend, as that didn’t become popular until more recently,” Popolis informs. “If any of the extras were sporting that sort of haircolor, I’d put a wig on them.” Upon recalling his time on set—the cast, the crew, the memories—Popolis can’t help but smile. “These people weren’t only incredibly talented, but incredibly kind,” he enthuses. “One day, I was having trouble with the coffeemaker backstage, and Tom [Hanks] came up to me and said, ‘Alright, that’s enough of that!’ The next day, he gave the crew a brandnew coffeemaker, which I now have at home! Both Sandra [Bullock] and Tom gave everyone engraved iPods as a thank you for all the work we’d done. And Thomas was one of the most professional child actors I’ve ever worked with.” After a brief pause, Popolis sums up, “It was an experience I’ll never forget and was so fortunate to be a part of.” —Alyson Osterman-Kerr
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Francois Duhamel, Warner Bros. Pictures
Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) pals around with his father, played by Tom Hanks.
Working with A-list celebs on bigbudget ﬁlm sets is just another day at the ofﬁce for Jerry Popolis—after all, he’s worked alongside the likes of Hollywood heavy hitters Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley. So when Popolis was approached to serve as the hair department head with makeup/hair designer Ivana Primorac on the upcoming Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock ﬂick Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, he remained cool, calm and collected—a professional, as always. What he wasn’t prepared for, however, was just how deeply the ﬁlm’s story—the journey of a young boy who embarks on a “quest” after his father dies in the September 11th attacks—would affect him. “To fully prepare for the ﬁlm, the cast and crew members would watch documentaries on 9/11—ones that showed a man jumping from a tower and others playing the voicemails left by those who knew they were about to die.
It was heartbreaking,” Popolis recalls. But he didn’t let the movie’s heavy subject matter interfere with the task at hand: styling the actors to high-def perfection. “Figuring out how we wanted Thomas Horn’s (who plays Oskar Schell) hair to look took forever,” Popolis relates. “We tried multiple wigs on him, including a long-haired one. But we found the hairpiece to be too distracting—it took away from his face, which is just so emotionally involving.” In the end, the hair team settled on Horn’s natural hair, which Two of hair was trimmed once a week for department head continuity purposes. Jerry Popolis’ The majority of actors, as many on-set faves is the common practice include Schwarzkopf on ﬁlm sets, sported wigs. Professional OSiS+ Dust It and “Zoe Caldwell’s character—she American Crew plays Oskar’s grandmother—is Deﬁning Paste. a bit eccentric,” Popolis explains. “I have to admit, it
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