Friday, April 12, 2024

UPDATE The Weeknd No Surgery, It’s All Prosthetics from the People Who Did “The Irishman,” “Coming 2 America” Sequel, with More to Come in February for Super Bowl


The Weeknd has not permanently altered his face. Can he feel it? That’s another story.

But the extreme Joker-like changes to the pop star’s face in his new video, “Save Your Tears,” are courtesy of Prosthetic Renaissance, a well known special effects group that also did work on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and the upcoming Eddie Murphy “Coming to America” sequel.

An insider tells me that this is part of a storyline The Weeknd is creating. It began with a fake broken nose at the MTV Video Music Awards and continued on the American Music Awards with The Weekend covered in surgical bandages.

All of that was created for The Weeknd with his direction.

Now Prosthetic Renaissance is working with Abel Tesfaye (the singer’s real name) on the Super Bowl performance he’s scheduled to unveil on Sunday, February 7th.

Whew! What a relief! Glad to know Abel is just having fun with us. I like his much too music to accept that he’s just crazy.

Meantime, I’m told that Mike Marino, head of Prosthetic Renaissance, is very proud of the “Coming 2 America” work his firm created. The movie hits Amazon Prime– which is rocking these days with great  content– on March 5th.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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