Netflix shared a behind the scenes glimpse of how Thing was brought to life in Tim Burton’s Addams Family spin-off Wednesday.
The coming-of-age comedy follows the morbid and slightly unpredictable teen (Jenna Ortega) as she is sent to Nevermore Academy due to causing mischief at her previous enrolments, namely due to murdering one of her classmates.
While reactions to the series – which also stars Catherine-Zeta Jones, and Gwendoline Christie – so far have been mixed to positive, critics have been living for Ortega’s portrayal of the titular lead.
To celebrate the eight-parter’s success, the streaming service shared a series of snaps showing actor Victor Dorobantu rocking a blue-screen suit with only his bare hand exposed – which ultimately explains the movements.
In one shot Dorobantu is pictured on a moving part while his hand runs across the ground.
The exclusive shots sent fans into a frenzy on social media, with one writing: ‘This entire time i thought thing was cgi, thats so cool.’
‘Someone to give Victor Dorobantu some flowers for his role as Thing.I meaaan,’ another added.
‘You gotta hand it to him,’ a third person joked.
Although reviews have been mixed, Netflix viewers have been binging the series through and through.
With a fan score of 88%, it is the highest-rated Addams Family property on the aggregator website since the original TV series from 1964.
There were three further attempts to restart the Addams Family on TV, but the series from 1973, 1992, and 1998 don’t have any reviews on the website.
The five Addams Family films – three live-action, two animated – have all received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike.
Fans were also overjoyed as OG Wednesday actress Christina Ricci also appears in the series as Marylin Thornhill. Reflecting on their encounter, Jenna said: ‘I think when [Christina] was on set, neither one of us said Wednesday once to each other.
‘I don’t think she wanted to get in the way of my performance and feel like she was overbearing. I felt like I didn’t want to pull up something that she did 30 years ago,’. ‘For the sake of my own benefit, but two, yeah, I didn’t want to rip her off and I didn’t want to be too much like her.’
‘Wednesday’ on Netflix: Fred Armisen Shaved Head to Play Uncle Fester
With monsters, murder and mayhem rampant at Nevermore Academy, it was only fitting that Wednesday‘s titular character would receive a visit from her kooky Uncle Fester (played by Fred Armisen).
The electricity-wielding elder dropped by in Episode 7 to check up on his niece and lay low for a few days before his next “job” in Boston. According to Miles Millar, who serves as showrunner alongside Al Gough, there was only one actor in mind for the oddball role.
“What’s great about working with someone like Tim Burton is that you get your first choice,” Millar tells TVLine. “We always wanted Fred because he has the perfect look, but also, he brings such fun energy to the role. For us, he was always that first choice.”
Millar says he and Gough “couldn’t believe it” when Armisen agreed to take on the role, appearing in just one episode this season. But doing so came with its own set of challenges since filming took place in Romania.
“It’s OK for the cast to be there for eight months, but [booking] guest stars was more challenging,” Millar explains. The Wednesday boss shares that Armisen was “all in” for the role and “so excited to do it,” even shaving his head for the one-off appearance.
Armisen opted for the big chop instead of wearing a bald cap for a more realistic look.
“They really did such a great job with the makeup and everything. I had no eyebrows. It was prosthetics over my eyebrows to give me that look,” he said. “But I think that bald caps don’t look great all the time, so I was hoping to just make it that much more convincing.”
Armisen is in great company. Christopher Lloyd also shaved his head to portray Uncle Fester in 1991’s The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Value
Wednesday is available to stream on Netflix.
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