Interview with Makeup Artist Luigi Rocchetti (Gangs of New York, The Devil’s Advocate)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Based in Italy, Luigi Rocchetti has worked with some of the greatest filmmakers of our time as the lead Makeup artist. He currently just wrapped the remake production of Ben-Hur. It was such a pleasure speaking with him about the art of makeup in film.

Matthew Toffolo: You have been a makeup artist and designer on over 70 productions in the last 35 years. Is there a film/TV show or two that you’re most proud of?

Luigi Rochetti: I have to say, “Dolores Claiborne”, directed by Taylor Hackford. At that time there was no Silicon prosthetics to use for aging actors and in that project I had three major actors to make twenty years older. We used stipple aging, with highligths and shadows. I have to give big thanks to the collaboration of the actors, director and director of photography. I think the results were really good and I’m very…

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