"I was going, 'Please, please, not me,'" he recalls. "Can you imagine, 'Come over here, Mr. Hodge. Just what is that for? This bottle of glue, what's that for?'" He says he feared being labeled "the nose bomber."
Once he got onstage, the nose looked too circular and clownish. Hodge went back to the Internet to look up photos of folks like the actors Karl Malden and Jimmy Durante — "people with great snozzles." A cleft was put into the prosthetic and it was made more lopsided.
Hodge, who follows in some big nose-steps playing Cyrano including Kevin Klein, Gerard Depardieu, Derek Jacobi, Christopher Plummer and Steve Martin, says putting on the prosthetic helps the process. The creative team even says he seems sadder when it goes on.
"It does kind of make you feel, 'Oh God,'" he says. "It sort of saddens your face, somehow. You have to hold your face in a different way, even your body, because you're spatially different from the other person. You can't be that close. You see people backing off."
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