“Bullet Train” Is Loaded With Hair and Makeup Symbolism

Bullet Train: Meaning Behind the Hair and Makeup
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“Bullet Train,” which premiered on Aug. 5, follows a group of assassins aboard a speeding train. Though the main charactersBrad Pitt as Ladybug, Joey King as the Prince, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Tangerine, and Bad Bunny as Wolf – don’t know each other, their overlapping missions make for quite an eventful ride.

The film is adapted from the Japanese novel “Maria Beetle” by Kotaro Isaka and directed by David Leitch of “Atomic Blonde” and “Deadpool 2.” The entire two-hour and six-minute movie takes place on the train, meaning there are very few costumes or hairstyle changes. “Everybody’s look, once it was established, was done,” Merc Arceneaux, the show’s makeup department head, tells POPSUGAR. That meant getting each character’s singular look right from the start was essential.

From King’s intentionally razor-sharp bob haircut to Pitt’s real-life tattoo collection making an appearance on screen, the hair and makeup in “Bullet Train” are loaded with hidden meanings that you might miss if you don’t know what to look for. Luckily, Arceneaux is giving us the rundown ahead.

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