Based on Hollywood movies, it seems like every man in the world is incredibly well endowed — and bizarrely shameless. But we’re going to let you in on a little behind-the-scenes secret: These guys have a little help from “movie magic.”
Enter, the best supporting actor; the unsung hero; the prosthetic penis.
Here’s everything you want to know about the world’s most mysterious prop — but were probably too afraid to ask…
Paul Thomas Anderson’s flick about a 1970s porn star received three Academy Award nominations — and shockingly, not a single one was for Dirk Diggler’s BIG dirk diggler. The filmmakers confessed they watched a lot of porn for “research” when it came time to make the prosthetic. Special makeup effects coordinator Howard Berger says, “We sculpted a version that was 12-inches long, and we tested it, and it was just way too big.”
The team also made a custom merkin (aka a wig for your nether regions) that matched the actor’s hair color and a bulge — made of “a woman’s stocking knee filled with birdseed” — to stuff his pants.
It’s been said that Mark wore the props even when he wasn’t filming — so that’s either amazing method acting or strategic confidence boosting…