Sloth’s Makeup Test for The Goonies Has Been Unearthed, 35 Years Later

Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video

A few days ago, Twitter user Eyes on Cinema posted a 39-second clip of football-star-turned-The Goonies-actor John Matuszak’s makeup test for Sloth.

The clip is dated January 31, 1984; the film was released on June 7, 1985. The volume-less, behind-the-scenes footage shows makeup artists applying finishing touches to Matuszak’s latex mask and non-symmetrical eyes, and him blinking his prosthetic eye. Basically, Matuszak spent the entire movie only able to use one eye. He didn’t seem to mind, though; after the makeup application, he cracked a smile through his fake jagged teeth.

The Baby Ruth-loving Sloth—who looked nothing like Matuszak—became one of the 1980s' most beloved characters. In The Goonies, Sloth saved Sean Astin and his pals from The Fratellis, a criminal gang led by Sloth's mom and his two bickering brothers.

In a better clip, from 2010’s The Goonies—Making of a Cult Classic, Richard Donner explained the process. He said it took five hours for the makeup to be applied every day, and referred to the 6’7” and 300-pound defensive end as “a sweet, gentle lion.” Donner called the makeup process “extraordinary.”

“When we did the sequence in the water, when they first see the ship, I said to the kids, ‘Whatever you do, don’t get John’s makeup wet. Because if you do, it’s going to get ruined,’” Donner said. Well, the kids did get John’s makeup wet, but John wasn’t mad at all.

Sloth was an intimidating character, so Donner posited the question: How do you make this grotesque figure real? “Well, he had to believe it, and everybody around had to believe it,” Donner said. “And I totally believe Mama gave birth to him. And I totally believe that Chunk fell in love with him.”

Sadly, Matuszak died on June, 17, 1989, just four years after the release of The Goonies, from an accidental overdose from the now-banned opioid Darvocet and a contributing factor of an enlarged heart. He was just 38 years old. But Matuszak’s gift to pop culture will live on forever.

Breaking Bad Movie's Title, Release Date, and Plot Details Revealed

Frank Ockenfels, AMC
Frank Ockenfels, AMC

While Better Call Saul has been a wonderful way to stave off Breaking Bad withdrawals, fans have been waiting months to get more details on the Breaking Bad movie that was announced earlier this year. And it has finally arrived. Netflix has just announced that the movie, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, will drop on October 11, 2019.

According to the official synopsis, the film will "reunite" fans with Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman following the events of the series' highly acclaimed finale:

"In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad."

According to Variety, "It is unclear whether Bryan Cranston, who played main character Walter White in the series, will appear in the film. Cranston has previously confirmed that the film was happening but would not say whether or not he would be involved."

While Cranston's involvement may be unknown, based on the newly released trailer, it's clear that Charles Baker will be reprising his role as Skinny Pete. (We can only hope that this means Badger will be along for the ride, too.)

Though Breaking Bad aired on AMC, partnering with Netflix makes sense for the film, as the streaming network owns the rights to the series (which remains a popular binge-watch). And Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has credited Netflix with being a key reason for the show’s ultimate ratings success.

While accepting the show’s first Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2013 (it won again the following year), Gilligan took a moment to acknowledge the integral role Netflix played in helping Breaking Bad find its audience.

“I think Netflix kept us on the air,” Gilligan said. “Not only are we standing up here, I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season 2 … It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.”

This Damn Fine Twin Peaks Box Set Is the Only One Fans Will Ever Need


Fans of David Lynch’s three-season drama Twin Peaks know there’s quite a lot to excavate. The series, which ran from 1990 to 1991 on ABC and returned for a one-season engagement on Showtime in 2017, has been a perpetual source of ambiguity, red herrings, and the downright inexplicable.

Now there’s a centralized hub of all things Peaks to dwell on. Twin Peaks: From Z to A is a Blu-ray box set containing all episodes of the original series; 1992’s feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me; 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return; an international version of the 1990 pilot with additional footage; as well as an abundance of new and archival material totaling 20 hours in length.

The box for the 'Twin Peaks: From Z to A' Blu-ray DVD set is pictured

Inside the package, which is illustrated with the Douglas firs that are part of the show’s iconography, are mini-figures of Special Agent Dale Cooper and Laura Palmer, played in the show by Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, respectively. The box acts as a diorama of sorts and opens to reveal the Red Room, a location where many of the show’s most surreal moments took place. A series of three-by-five index cards provide backdrops of key scenes. The only thing the set doesn’t have is Lynch’s hand-drawn map of the show’s Washington location, but you can find that here.

The set is limited to 25,000 copies. It retails for $139.99 on Amazon and is due for release on December 10.

[h/t Newsweek]

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