Science Fun of the Week

(October 27th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Dermatologists in Hollywood.

From the Introduction of Dermatologic Features of Classic Movie Villains - The Face of Evil:

“Symbolic dermatologic depictions are prevalent in film and pervade virtually all genres. Although abnormal skin can also be presented realistically, sympathetically, or independent of character roles, perhaps its most prominent use in film is to illustrate underlying immoral depravity. Dichotomous dermatologic depictions between heroes and villains date back to the silent film age and have been used to visually illustrate the contrasting morality between these character types. Classic dermatologic features of villainous characters include facial scars, alopecia, deep rhytides, periorbital hyperpigmentation, rhinophyma, verruca vulgaris, extensive tattoos, large facial nevi, poliosis, and albinism or gray-hued complexions. These visual cues evoke in the audience apprehension or fear of the unfamiliar and provide a perceptible parallel to the villainous character’s inward corruption. They can foreshadow the future and can efficiently denote a troubled past in a motion picture limited in character development by production constraints. “

Read the rest of the paper here.

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