11 biggest complaints actors have had about superhero costumes

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

It's not all flights and tights and awesome for actors playing superheroes. There's also chafing and sweating (and bathroom issues). And when given a chance to complain into a microphone, even the most professional thespian will tell it like it is.


On the Green Lantern costume:
"It's made of actual woven misery. ... Whatever material they've used, they've managed to make it the most heat-conducting substance known to man. I literally begged them to just put me in a non-breathable rubber unitard. ... It was like shooting an entire movie inside Alec Baldwin."


On the Mystique makeup:
"I've been in denial about the nudity: 'No, no, I'm very covered up.' I kept checking with the rest of the cast: 'You guys, I'm totally covered up, right?' And they'd tell me, 'No, Rebecca, you're naked.' One time, [director] Bryan [Singer] opened the tent where I was literally bent over a chair getting my crack touched up. And I was like, 'Don't come in here, Bryan! You don't need to see this.'"


On his Whiplash costume:
"It was really brutal. ... My Iron Man suit weighed 23 pounds, and it was torture to wear. It was sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos. It was hard to get on, hard to wear, and agony to take off."
Show Biz Spy


On the Daredevil costume:
"It was basically a red S&M outfit, suitable only for comic-book movies and dungeon-like sex clubs. I've done one of those, and now I'm looking forward to doing the other."
Contact Music


On his Thor costume:
"I put the thing on and said 'It's not very comfortable, but it looks amazing, so it's all good.' And then a couple of weeks in, I thought, 'It's getting more and more uncomfortable,' and at the end of three, four months it was a pretty difficult thing to wake up and put on every morning."
Superhero Hype


On her Silk Spectre costume:
"You dread it more and more every day. The first day, it's exciting and it's fun, and by the end of it you just want to burn the thing. Mine was made out of latex. It's always freezing, and they were always hot, because they had the foam. It would have been [difficult to go to the bathroom], but I figured out the 'slide to the side' technique, because there's no other way. Sorry to get so graphic, but it's a graphic novel."


On Catwoman's suit:
"They get you in this contraption, and in order to go to the bathroom you have to completely disrobe, and it takes an hour to get it back on."


On the Batman Begins Batsuit:
"I frankly felt like a fool just standing there in a Batsuit, chatting and having coffee with somebody. You look like a drunken partygoer on Halloween or something. And the cowl was so damn tight. It gives you headaches and puts you in a foul mood. You're in a rage after an hour."


On The Thing costume:
"It's a little like being in the seventh circle of hell. But in a good way, in that at the end of the day, honestly, sure, it's hot, it's uncomfortable, it's cumbersome, but when you see it, it really is extraordinary."
Movies Online


On the black Spider-Man suit:
"I think the new black costume is kind of cool, but it's just a little uncomfortable. It can ride up in the crotch a little bit. It's not really the outerwear of the suit—it's the inner bit that rides up. At least it's not itchy."
All Womens Talk


On the Robin costume:
"We found that just by the way we stood, [it] affected women dramatically, and if you look at our show, you'll see that we always stood with our legs open, our fists on hips and our bat bulges forward, which had a profound effect on women!"
Peter Anthony Holder

Actually, that last one doesn't sound like a complaint ...