A few days ago, Twitter user Eyes on Cinema released a 39-second clip featuring football star John Matuszak's make-up test for Sloth.
The make-up test of the Goonies for Sloth, January 1984 pic.twitter.com/rQdSQFgve8
– Eyes On Cinema (@RealEOC) August 7, 2019
The clip is from January 31, 1984; The film was released on June 7, 1985. The behind-the-scenes footage features makeup artists rounding off Matuszak's latex mask and non-symmetrical eyes. He blinks his eye prosthesis. Basically, Matuszak has spent the entire movie using just one eye. He did not seem to mind; After the make-up application, he smiled through his false, jagged teeth.
The Baby Ruth Loving Sloth, who did not look like Matuszak, became one of the most popular figures of the 1
"When we made the sequence in the water when they saw the ship for the first time, I said to the children, 'Whatever you do, do not wet John's make-up.' You do that, it gets ruined, "said Donner. Well, the kids wet John's make-up, but John was not mad at all.
Sloth was an intimidating character, so Donner asked the question: How do you make this grotesque character real? "Well, he had to believe it, and everyone around him had to believe it," Donner said. "And I firmly believe that Mama gave birth to him. And I am firmly convinced that Chunk has fallen in love with him. "
Unfortunately, Matuszak died on June 17, 1989, just four years after the publication of The Goonies due to an accidental overdose from the now-banned opioid Darvocet and a contributing factor to an enlarged heart. He was just 38 years old. But Matuszak's gift to pop culture will live on forever.