How the Grinch Stole Christmas Max Macarons
“Here’s your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you’re a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you.”
– The Grinch
From the whimsical pages of Dr. Suess’ picture book, to the colorful 1966 animated short, The Grinch has been a staple in the Christmas season for fifty years. In fact, the original book was published on December 25th, 1956. The original Grinch wasn’t green, but instead just black and white with pink eyes. He gained his green color in the animated movie, and that aesthetic decision carried over to the 2000 live action film.
Starring Jim Carrey, How the Grinch Stole Christmas played a major role in my childhood. So much so, that my twelve-year-old self decided to be Cindy Lou Who for Halloween- right at the peak of my awkward stage (I will burn every photo). However, those cringe-worthy pictures won’t stop me from quoting the classic movie all year round. With a combination of improv and excellent writing, Jim Carrey brings the begrudging green giant to life in the most hilarious way.
If you’re like me, you might already have half of the lines in the movie memorized, but here’s a few facts you may not know about the film:
Jim Carrey collectively spent 320+ hours in the make up chair
The iconic Grinch make up took a full 2 1/2 hours to apply every single day and 1 hour to get off. With 92 days of filming, that equates to 322 hours without even considering dress rehearsals. Also, that 2 1/2 hours was how long the application took after a lot of practice. Jim Carrey reports that make up on Day 1 took 8 1/2 hours to apply, causing him to storm to his trailer and kick the wall swearing he could not go through with the movie. Which brings me to the next fact…
Jim Carrey received counselling to put up with the Grinch costume
Not just any counselling, the filmmakers brought in the same gentleman who is trained to teach CIA operatives how to endure torture to help Carrey with the costume. Made of spandex, the costume had thousands of yak hairs dyed green and then sewed on, making the get-up insanely itchy. The yellow contacts were also incredibly painful, so much so that at times Carrey could not continue to wear them. For these scenes, they edited his eyes to be yellow in post to maintain the Grinch’s aesthetic. So what tips did the CIA give him for when it got to be too much? Punch your own leg and smoke a lot of cigarettes.
The Wizard of Oz and The Grinch share a record
The whimsical worlds of Oz and Whoville took an insane amount of effort to create. In fact, no other movie had featured so many characters in heavy make up as the 1939 Wizard of Oz film until How the Grinch Stole Christmas debuted in 2000. Who’s received prosthetic noses/upper lips, ears, wigs, and sometimes eyebrows- adding up to more than 1,000 man hours of applying make up during the course of filming. Actor’s playing Who’s also had to attend “Who School” to learn how to move and act like the other worldly, (but adorable,) creatures.
While the Grinch is undoubtedly the star of the film, we can’t forget about his trusty canine sidekick- Max. Max adorably sports a make-shift Rudolph costume in effort to carry out the Grinch’s plan to steal Christmas. These peppermint chocolate macarons are a nod to Max and his festive costume, featuring pretzel “antlers”, fondant ears, and a fondant red nose. After baking and filling the macarons, I used royal icing to assemble all the decor. Allow the royal icing to dry completely so all the details stay put!
“Am I just eating because I’m bored?” – The Grinch