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By Sarah Norman | August 4, 2023

Max Headroom Won An Award For High Tech Effects, But There Were None

A peek behind the scenes or an untold story can reveal so much more about our favorite shows and movies. Why did Mary Tyler Moore wear that silly wig on her new show, and who were those Hanson brothers in Slap Shot? These are the mysteries of the screen (big and small) that stay with us for years, seemingly never to be solved. But there are explanations and anecdotes -- everything has some backstory or secret origin. What was in the bottle before Barbara Eden (Jeannie) moved in? What's George Harrison doing in that Monty Python movie? And what is up with the mask that Michael Myers wears -- is it really a Star Trek thing? Take a moment to dig deeper, and you might find the fact or tale that makes you enjoy a series or film even more.

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Source: The Verge

The character Max Headroom, which was first developed for British TV and debuted in 1985, was supposed to be a disembodied consciousness manifested as a computer-generated TV host. He was a talking head made of pixels and polygons -- right? Well, that's the impression the show wanted you to get.

The secret of Max Headroom was that he wasn't computer generated at all. The character's look was achieved by encasing actor Matt Frewer in a stiff suit-and-tie shell and applying makeup to make his skin look all smooth and plasticky. Under the harsh lights, and set against a background of careening parallel lines (ok, that part was computer generated), Frewer did indeed look very artificial. TV critics didn't know how the effect was achieved, but they were impressed by what they assumed was some serious technology. In 1986, the show won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Graphics -- even though, apart from the lines in the background, the show didn't employ any graphic effects.

The Xenomorph In 'Alien' Was Nigerian Actor Bolaji Badejo's Only Film Role

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Bolaji Badejo was drinking in a pub in Soho, London, when he was spotted by director Ridley Scott's casting team. Badejo was hard to miss -- a slender 6'10", with very long legs, he was the perfect candidate to play the creature in Scott's upcoming sci-fi horror film Alien. Badejo took the job, and his performance as the menacing Xenomorph is one of the many elements that make Alien a masterpiece.

Badejo was an art student at the time. He was originally from Lagos, Nigeria, and had come to the UK to study graphic design after a stint in the United States. He never acted in another film again, and after returning to Nigeria opened an art gallery in 1983. Badejo died in 1992 of sickle cell anemia.