I'm a huge fan of Robert Zemeckis' Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I've seen the movie countless times over the years, but until today I've never heard of the pig head sequence. The scene was fully completed, but was eventually cut from the film. The scene features Eddie Valient (Bob Hoskins) with a giant toon pig head.
The scene offers up an explanation as to why Eddie awkwardly comes into his office to meet Jessica Rabbit. He's shirtless, wearing a tie, and drying himself off in the final cut of the film. Before he came out he was actually washing off his giant cartoon pig head in the sower.
There's a behind the scenes video that shows the scene and how it was made. It's actually included in the special features of the DVD, but I just never watched it until it popped up online. SFX supervisor Ken Ralston talked about the scene saying,
"What we ended up doing was to make a mold of the pig’s head in silicon rubber. The, we got ordinary kleenex tissues and lined the mold with a mixture of water, sugar and kleenex tissues. We got a cotton candy machine and made enough spun sugar to pack the inside of the tissue paper with cotton candy. This time, Bob Hoskins wore the pig’s head. He goes into the shower and pulls the curtain across. He reaches out for a bottle marked turpentine, which was actually just water. We had prepared the paper and cotton candy head by making lots of very fine cuts with a scalpel so that when Hoskins started pouring the bottle’s contents on his head, the cotton candy and tissue would immediately dissolve. It all happened very quickly. And then when he pulls the shower curtain open, he has pink stuff all over him. Finally, we have a shot of the pink cotton candy going down the drain."
Zemeckis wanted to keep the scene in the film, but had to remove it to tighten things up a bit. Thanks to cinetropolis and Super Punch for the heads up on this video!
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