In the sleight-of-hand comedy (out March 15), Burt (Steve Carell) and Anton (Steve Buscemi) are once-legendary Las Vegas illusionists who set out to stage a comeback after a street magician (Jim Carrey) threatens their charmed life. Costume designer Dayna Pink says the most flamboyant performers in Sin City history are reflected in the duo’s bedazzled looks. ”It was when people wore costumes. Things were glittery and fun and crazy. Liberace! Elton John!”
Showmanship and Sequins
”There’s a formality to those kinds of costumes that translates over to Burt’s personality,” says Pink, who created original ensembles for Carell’s title character, his partner (Buscemi), and their lovely assistant, Jane (Olivia Wilde). ”Steve always has an opinion and it’s always right. If I show him a [”sketch”] and he laughs, I think, ‘Okay, I’m making it.”’
Conjuring a Character
Though Pink says the look of Steve Gray (Carrey) isn’t based on Criss Angel, there are definite similarities between the character and the Mindfreak star. ”It was all about the accessories…these crazy, edgy things — rings, necklaces, horns — that make him unique,” Pink says of details like the baby-doll arm and human-hair key chain that hang from the character’s belt loops. What was it like to work with Carrey? ”Jim brings Jim to the table, and that’s a lot! I brought a lot of crazy stuff to his house to do a big fitting. He was always up for it. He let me go a little cuckoo,” Pink remembers.