Eric Balfour has to really show his character's age for the cameras in the Aug. 6 episode of Syfy's "Haven," as the script requires him to age almost 70 years in the episode.
For Balfour, it was definitely something different for him to prepare for compared to some of his previous roles.
Balfour, who plays Duke Crocker in "Haven," told reporters in a recent conference call that included Rabid Doll that he had to catch a red-eye flight from the series' shooting location in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Toronto.
"I went to the visual effects artist's studio where they started doing the face mold and cast, that weird process where they put a bunch of plaster on your face," Balfour said. "You sit there with a staw coming out of your mouth, trying not to get claustrophobic."
A few days later, an artist joined Balfour in Halifax with several prosthetic pieces for the whole aging process. Through the use of makeup and the various pieces, the character begins to age, first showing an increase of 20 to 30 years, then he is aged to 75 to 80 years old, then finally up to age 95 to 100. While he called the special makeup helpful in presenting his character in the various ages, he also said the experience was crazy.
It was a little scary at times cause you are looking at yourself going, 'Is this really what I'm going to look like in 30 or 40 years? he said.
Along with the challenges of the makeup and portraying his character in the various ages, Balfour said this aging episode isn't just a one-off thing. It will have ramifications for the rest of the first season, at the very least.
This event is going to have an enormous effect on the character, on the show, and Duke's role in it, Balfour said. No matter if Duke lives or dies, it completely effects his legacy and his life. It was pretty shocking when we read it.
Balfour, while showing great care to not give out any spoilers for the episode, gave a slight glimpse of the future of the character, provided he survives this week. When asked if we would see Duke's getting the lease of the Second Chances restaurant play out in future episodes (which was given to him in the July 30 episode), with him walking the straight and narrow, Balfour was pretty direct.
Given what happens in the next episode, Duke's fate is certainly unknown," Balfour said. "But, if he was to survive, I can guarantee you that Duke will never be on the straight and narrow. Its just not in his DNA.
And even with the deed to the restaurant, there's nothing to say it has to stay that way. I doubt Duke would keep it as a restaurant," Balfour said. "He is more of a bar man. It only allows Duke another outlet for what he inherently already likes to do."
Check out a video sneak preview for "Haven" by clicking here.
"Haven" airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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