Read on to discover part 2 of Everything They Didn’t Tell You About Pacific Rim Uprising!
6) The hair and makeup team had to recreate Charlie Day’s Kaiju tattoos by hand – A colorful (and badass) remnant from Day’s character in the first Pacific Rim movie, the ornate, full sleeve Kaiju tattoos had to be recreated exactly as they had appeared before. Hair and makeup supervisor, Jennifer Lamphee, said, “I had to get as many screengrabs from the film as possible. Working with a graphic designer, we recreated the tattoos, and I printed them onto transfer paper that wrapped around Charlie’s arm. In the end, they worked, because Charlie kept saying, ‘they look better than in the first movie!’”
7) The animal inspiration for Hakuja’s design morphed all the way from a mole, to a cockroach – Fans of the original Pac Rim film will know that all the Kaiju have different animal inspirations (the original three were a hammerhead shark, a pterodactyl, and a gorilla). The Pacific Rim Uprising crew decided to take this element of the film to a new level, particularly with the burrowing Kaiju, Hakuja. In the storyboarding phase, Hakuja always appeared as a mole, but the Kaiju was later transformed into a cockroach with the digging and attacking power of a honey badger [insert honey badger video reference].
8) Scott Eastwood looks like Top Gun’s Maverick because he’s actually a certified pilot – Yep, you read that right. The dashingly handsome and humorous son of Dirty Harry, Scott Eastwood, has his pilot’s license in real life, making him the most authentic Jaeger pilot of Pacific Rim Uprising’s cast. When asked about his character’s inspiration, Scott said, “I grew up loving movies about aviation, the fighter pilots who were the tip of the spear. They have a certain swagger and bravado, which goes the same for my character.”
9) DeKnight created the drone Jaeger scene to mimic the look of China’s terracotta warriors – The scene in the new film which features the drone Jaegers is one of the key scenes that shows how far technology has advanced since the first Kaiju attack ten years earlier. Shao Industries has paved the way for a new era when Jaegers can be controlled from a remote location, instead of requiring pilots to be inside the actual machine. According to Dechant, Steven DeKnight had always envisioned that the audience would see the drone Jaegers stacked into the distance, evoking a mental image of the Qin dynasty’s terracotta warriors.
10) Mega-Kaiju was one of the most difficult elements of the film to create – Imagine that you had to design a porcupine-cockroach-dinosaur chimera, and now you not only have to bring that disgusting abomination to life, but you must also keep each animal’s traits distinct and recognizable. The Pacific Rim Uprising graphics team faced this exact challenge during the making of the film when they conceived Mega-Kaiju. The hardest aspect of the monster-alien creation was managing to combine the three Kaiju, Hakuja, Shrikethorn, and Raijin, into one cohesive entity while still maintaining their distinctive characteristics. Visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang noted that, “ The Mega-Kaiju transformation is sort of smoky, volumetric, and painful… The Kaiju attributes are mishmashed together. We still have the armor plating for Hakuja, the spines from Shrikethorn, and the plates from Raijin.” In the end, Mega-Kaiju’s voice was recorded by piecing together layers from the three Kaiju’s voices and slowing them down to create a more intimidating feel.
If you’d like to discover more about the making of the film, be sure to pick up a copy of The Art & Making of Pacific Rim Uprising, available wherever books are sold!