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robert mallet 300 movieThis page is full of actors who dress up in scary costumes and kooky makeup, starting with Conan Stevens. He is a friend of mine and a 7' bodybuilder giant who has been in such major productions as HBO's "Game of Thrones" and the feature film "The Hobbit."  More about him at his gallery at my site.  I have plenty of pages of pics of him.

At left is Robert Maillet (born 1969), a Canadian professional wrestler and actor. He is known for his tenure in the World Wrestling Federation, as a member of the Truth Commission and the Oddities, wrestling under the name Kurrgan from 1997-1999. Maillet appeared in the movie 300, released in 2007, an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same name. He played the part of the "Über-Immortal" a savage, gigantic berserker, member of the enemy's imperial guard. In late November 2008, Maillet was filming a fight scene for the new movie Sherlock Holmes and accidentally punched Robert Downey, Jr. in the face, causing Downey to be bloodied and knocked down. Downey stated on the December 16, 2009 Late Show with David Letterman that Maillet was "10 times more upset about it" than Downey was. Maillet played a Russian professional boxer who took a dive in the 2011 film The Big Bang. In 2011, Maillet appeared in the Canadian movie Monster Brawl playing Frankenstein in a wrestling tournament of eight classic monsters that fight to the death. He is set to play Blackwell in the 2013 movie adaption of the New York Times Bestseller The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

A Nigerian design student, Badejo was discovered in a bar by a member of the casting team, who put him in touch with director Ridley Scott. Scott believed that Badejo, at 7 feet 2 inches (218 cm) and with a slender frame, could portray the Alien and look as if his arms and legs were too long to be real, creating the illusion that there could not possibly be a human being inside the costume. Stuntmen Eddie Powell and Roy Scammell also portrayed the Alien in some scenes.

Kevin Peter Hall (May 9, 1955 – April 10, 1991) was an American actor known for his roles in Misfits of Science, Prophecy, Without Warning, Harry and the Hendersons and most notably as the title character in the first two films in the Predator franchise. Hall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents were of above-average stature; his father, Charles Hall, was 6' 6", and his mother, Sylvia Hall, was 6' 2". At 7' 2" tall, he was the tallest of seven brothers, all over 6' 5".

During his high school years at Penn Hills High School, he excelled at basketball and earned a scholarship to George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. In college, Hall continued to play basketball and majored in Theatrical Arts. After graduation, Hall moved to Venezuela to play basketball. Hall made his acting debut in the 1979 horror film Prophecy. Due to his height, he was often cast in monster roles. He appeared as "the alien" in the 1980 horror film Without Warning and as "Gorvil" in the 1982 television movie Mazes and Monsters. In 1985, he co-starred in the short-lived series Misfits of Science. He guest starred on the sitcom Night Court as a huge but gentle mental patient who humorously towered over bailiff Bull Shannon (played by Richard Moll, who is 6'8").

The next year, Hall portrayed yet another monster in the horror film Monster in the Closet, followed by the role of "Harry" in Harry and the Hendersons. In 1986, Hall was cast as the main antagonist in Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. During its developmental stages, the Predator was going to be played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, who played the Predator for the first few scenes but wasn't billed in the end credits. The producers decided to recast the role with Hall so that the Predator could more convincingly dominate the film's human characters with its greater size. Hall would go on to reprise the role in the 1990 sequel. Following his role in Predator, Hall appeared in the film Big Top Pee-wee (1988) and had a guest spot on Star Trek: The Next Generation (a series for which he had once been a leading contender for two key roles, Geordi LaForge and Lt. Commander Data). From 1989 to 1990, he had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom 227. In 1990, Hall reprised his role as Harry on the television series based on the film. He died during the series' first season. Hall met actress Alaina Reed while taping a guest spot on the television show 227. The couple would marry both on the show and in real life. While working on the series Harry and the Hendersons, Hall announced that he had contracted HIV from a contaminated blood transfusion. On April 10, 1991, Hall died from AIDS-related pneumonia. He was 35 years old.

John Lebar is a British actor known for his giant stature. He stands at 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m). His inside leg measurement is 41 inches (1.0 m) long. In 2007, he starred as a plague doctor in The Sick House. On September 5, 2007, he appeared on Virgin Radio's breakfast show with Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port. On October 15, 2012, he appeared in Kevin Ou's controversial photograph 'The Physical Representation of Jimmy Savile's Soul'. In November 2012, it was confirmed that Lebar would be starring in the Michaela Productions short-film The Jonathan Game, alongside Warwick Davis and Tony Cox. However, news reports soon cast doubt over his casting after a fall out with producers, rumored to be about his previous work with Kevin Ou. Lebar portrayed one of the Space Jockey aliens seen in Ridley Scott's 2012 science fiction film, Prometheus. Lebar is also widely known for his tireless charity work, most recently his contributions to the men's health fundraiser Movember.

Peter Mayhew (born 1944) is an English actor and comedian. He is best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars films. His peak height was 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) tall. He got his first acting job in 1976 when the producers of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger discovered Mayhew from a photograph in a newspaper article about men with large feet, and they cast him in the role of the minotaur. When casting roles for his first Star Wars film, producer George Lucas needed a tall actor who could fit the role of the beastly Chewbacca. He originally had in mind 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) bodybuilder David Prowse, but he was instead cast to play Darth Vader. This led Lucas on a search which turned up Mayhew, who says that all he had to do to be cast in the role of Chewbacca was stand up.

He reprised his signature role during Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which was released in cinemas on his birthday in 2005. Mayhew has played the part of Chewbacca in four Star Wars films: the original Star Wars trilogy (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He also played the role in the horribly awful 1978 television film The Star Wars Holiday Special, as well as in an appearance on The Muppet Show. In addition, he recorded dialogue as Chewbacca for the animated show The Clone Wars, in the Season 3 finale episode called Wookiee Hunt.

Mayhew also plays the role in commercials and for hospital appearances for sick children. When cast in the role, he studied the movement of large animals at the zoo to come up with an authentic sense of movement for Chewbacca. When Mayhew grew ill in the shooting of The Empire Strikes Back, a similarly tall stand in was used, but the actor could not match Mayhew's studied movement style and the scenes had to be re-shot upon Mayhew's recovery. Mayhew did not provide the voice of Chewbacca; that was created by the film's sound designer, Ben Burtt, by mixing together the growls of different animals. Mayhew has made numerous appearances as Chewbacca outside the Star Wars films. Mayhew as Chewbacca was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Film Awards 1997. He was additionally honored at the release of the new PlayStation Portable where he dressed as Chewbacca and held up the new PSP slim version. Mayhew also reprised his role in the Disney theme park attraction, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. He has made other media appearances without the Chewbacca costume. Mayhew appeared on NBC's Identity, where his identity was based on the fact that he played Chewbacca. Outside Star Wars, Mayhew has appeared in the horror film Terror, directed by Norman J. Warren. In the English version of Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy, he provided the voice for Susha.

Even big, scary bigfoot got the cutie pie Steven Spielberg treatment in "Harry and the Hendersons" starring Kevin Peter Hall in the title role. Boooorring.  I want big scary Jurrasic Park/Jaws bigfeet and I want 'em rampagin!

The complex robotics in the costome's face allow 4096 separate cutie-poo movements.


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