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Article Date: December 13, 2004 | Publication: Contact Music.Com | Author: editors

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Scottish actor GERARD BUTLER suffered for his art as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA because he spent months with torn, bruised skin after having to wear a painful leather mask.

The handsome movie star is astonished he still has his looks as he feared the mask he had to wear every day was ruining his features - because it literally had to be ripped off his face every night.

He says, "I sat in a chair for hours and had my eyes glued and pieces of string attached down my back which they pulled on to pull my eye down. It got really dry as well and it was uncomfortable. Whenever they released it, I was sure I was going to be left with these bits of skin hanging.

"I had alcohol in my eye from rubbing off the glue for my eyelashes. People were poking your face for hours on end. It was like torture.

"It would get so sticky sometimes that when you pulled it off you felt like you were literally ripping your face and I'd be left with bruising down my face and along my check."

Butler also spent the shoot heavily sleep deprived: "Filming with only three or four hours of sleep, I was getting to bed about 10pm, so I wound up not getting to sleep until 11, and, because I was putting the prosthetics on for five hours, I had to be up at three in the morning."


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