Daniel C. Striepeke - Prosthetic make up FX - Werner Keppler


Omar Sharif (Che Guevara) and Director Richard Fleischer (1916-2006) on Set at the 
Malibu Creek State Park (Fox Ranch) for 'CHE!'.
The Story of Che Guevara who followed a dream of justice and freedom ...and created a nightmare of terror and violence.
An enormous amount of pressure has been brought to bear on this controversial film, both for and against the subject.
However, behind a curtain of cigar smoke and clichés hides a respectable 'Guerilla campaign' movie with a bunch of superb Players.
Omar Sharif is a great Che Guevara and Jack Palance a brilliant Fidel Castro, with a fiery barking performance.
Frank Silvera, Woody Strode and low-budget exploitation film hero Sid Haig are among the supporting players.
A neat Lalo Schifrin score, solid cinematography by Charles F. Wheeler ('Silent Running') and some 
special photographic effects by L.B. Abbott and Art Cruickshank.
The technical side of the production is, all in all, pretty well done. There is nothing to complain about.
Lets look a little bit closer on the excellent prosthetic Make up transformations of the main Players, supervised by Daniel Striepeke.

Jack Palance (1919-2006) is Fidel Castro and Omar Sharif (1932–2015) is Che Guevara.
The Make Up was handled by Daniel C. Striepeke and Del Acevedo for the 'on set' work. 
I think Werner Keppler was also in the make up team for the show. 
He was probably the lab technician who fabricated the key make up prosthetic pieces for Fidel Castro/Jack Palance, 
designed by Striepeke.
Werner Keppler was the long time assistent of John Chambers, a close friend of Striepeke.
Of course that's a pure hypothesis, but maybe John Chambers was there too!?
John Chambers and his entourage often collaborated with Dan Striepeke for a show without beeing credited.
Chambers did 'Sssss', 'Tora! Tora! Tora!' and for example 'Patton' for Striepeke.
John Chambers fashioned George C. Scott's tobacco-stained teeth in 'Patton'.
These guys were all buddies in the good old days, no one asked many questions. They helped each other.
Dan Striepeke, Werner Keppler and of course John Chambers are the legendary makeup wizards of the 'Planet of the Apes' series.

Actress Barbara Luna plays some upbeat Cuban rhythms for Director Richard Fleischer ...to get in the right mood
Jack Palance in the make up chair. 
During the decades of his 40 year career Make Up supervisor Daniel Striepeke did the makeup effects on over 100 films.
'Around the World in Eighty Days' (1956), 'The Magnificent Seven' (1960), 'The Detective' (1968), 'Patton' (1970),
'Tora! Tora! Tora!' (1970), 'The Deer Hunter' (1978), 'Forrest Gump' (1994), 'Apollo 13' (1995) and 
'Saving Private Ryan' (1998).
In 2004, he was awarded with the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' of the Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild.
Dan, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards, absolutely deserved it!
Jack Palance is Fidel Castro.
That's Werner Keppler working on the Fidel Castro make up, right?
Werner is a true Garage LAB legend - Check out this: Night Gallery.
The key parts of the 'Fidel' concept are a new latex nose (prosthetic appliance) and the shaggy beard.
Werner is working on the new nose concept - Fidel (Jack Palance) needs a first cigar after the time in the make up chair.
(Kodachrome 35mm Slides from the moon-city-garbage archive)
Omar Sharif compares his make-up with the original, a photo of Che Guevara. 
Director Richard Fleischer and Omar Sharif seem to be satisfied with the result.
Del Acevedo was the make up artist working on location.
A pretty bold decision by Richard Fleischer to make this 'thin ice' film.
Omar Sharif (1932–2015) is Che Guevara. It was a good choice, to let him play the Cuban folk hero.
He is a regular guest on my website. 
You can choose between his big movies, like 'Genghis Khan', or the rather small peas, like 'Mackenna's Gold'.
This an so much more on:

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