Millie Bobby Brown may be on good terms with her co-star Jamie Campbell Bower, but seeing him in his costume drove her to tears. Bower, 33, played a villain named Vecna on the most recent season of the critically-acclaimed Netflix drama Stranger Things.
‘They brought her up into a position where she’s bound,’ he told the publication. ‘I walked up to her and she burst into tears. She wouldn’t look at me and she was visibly just disgusted by the whole thing.’
The Sweeney Todd actor opened up about filming a scene with Brown, 18, in an interview with Variety interview published Friday. He went on to say that the smell of smoke on his clothes helped Brown calm down because she was reminded of who was underneath the heavy makeup.
‘After she cried and I made it obvious that she knew it was me, one of the things she said was that, “I knew it was you when I could smell cigarettes,” because I’m a smoker,’ Bower revealed.
The Stranger Things team enlisted the help of prosthetics designer Barrie Gower, who worked on Game of Thrones and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, to build Vecna’s skin.
For his role as Vecna, Bower donned intensive prosthetics to give the image of burned and blistered skin with huge tentacles attached to his back.
It took nearly eight hours to apply all of the latex to Bower’s body. The crew would then film for 10 to 12 hours before removing the suit, which took another hour. Bower regularly got to set at 3 a.m. so the suit could be attached before filming began for the day.
Stranger Things season 4 was split up into two parts, with the first one coming out on May 27 and the second part premiering on July 1. The cost of production for the fourth season was reportedly upwards of $30 million an episode.
The series stars Brown and Bower alongside Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, David Harbour and many others.