‘Wednesday’ Fans Are Freaking Out Over The Way Thing Scenes Were Filmed With A Real Actor
You have to hand it over to Netflix! The streaming platform gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of their new « Wednesday » series, and some fans were shocked to learn how one particular character came to life so convincingly.
WednesdayTim Burton’s supernatural drama series, follows the titular Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) during her time at Nevermore Academy, a school for outcasts and paranormally powerful teenage girls.
She is accompanied to school by Thing – a living, disembodied hand (who is also a family friend) who serves as her companion, accomplice, and sidekick.
While many viewers assumed that Thing was a creation of pure CGI magic, it turns out that Thing is actually played by a real actor, Victor Dorobantu.
In some production footage taken while filming the series, Dorobantu can be seen rocking a bluescreen jumpsuit covering all but his hand – which had been made up with latex to look like it had been cut off. , allowing the hand actor to still move their fingers and play as Thing.
Give a big helping hand to Victor Dorobantu, the incredible actor who interprets Thing on Wednesday pic.twitter.com/gJdVYjjlrX
—Netflix (@netflix) November 27, 2022
« Lend a big helping hand to Victor Dorobantu, the amazing actor who plays Thing on ‘Wednesday,' » Netflix captioned the post, which featured a number of different snapshots from different scenes.
Unsurprisingly, many fans were shocked to learn that Thing was played by a real actor and wasn’t entirely made with computer magic.
absolutely obsessed with the fact that this is how they filmed wednesday on netflix pic.twitter.com/MFjdF5FK9J
— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) November 26, 2022
I LAUGH BECAUSE JENNA REALLY HAD THIS MAN WITH HER EVERY TIME THIS WAS ON STAGE??? THIS IS AMAZING #wednesdaynetflix pic.twitter.com/aF5nDICRxR
— g🎄; WEDNESDAY SPOILERS🖤🎻 (@bazookadelbazar) November 24, 2022
I love that they didn’t go full CG for this. The old techniques work, always use them. Real Moments of Reactive Environment
Kinda unrelated, but « Hands » down, the 91 movie’s best multi-layered meta joke lives rent-free in my head, just saying pic.twitter.com/y0SWxawL9g
— Dr. Sam Beckett (@Dr.Becket) November 28, 2022
I’m obsessed with Wednesday’s special effects, the prosthetic stump is awesome, a combination of practice and VFX is so enjoyable pic.twitter.com/BgZBzO1rU8
— cat 🧡🤍💗 (@lunalesbian) November 30, 2022
ET’s Denny Directo spoke with Dorobantu on the carpet at the premiere of Wednesday Nov. 16, and the actor opened up about the challenges of playing Thing.
« It’s a very difficult process, because you have to show the emotion through a simple hand that doesn’t have a voice or subtitles, » Dorobantu explained. “It’s a lot of hard work to show an emotion through a hand. I know a lot of people won’t understand, but after watching the season, they will.
“Wednesday” is now streaming on Netflix.
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