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Swinton: Snowpiercer's costume fun

Tilda Swinton has revealed how she came up with her Snowpiercer character's unique look in 20 minutes.

The British actress admitted she, director Bong Joon-ho and costume designer Catherine George nailed Minister Mason while a pie was being cooked in the oven for lunch.

"The wonderful thing is that director Bong and our wonderful costume designer came to visit me in Scotland, and we had a pie for lunch. I picked them up at the airport, put the pie in the oven and said, 'OK, we have 20 minutes before the pie is warm'," she told Collider.

"We went into the drawing room and played dress-up with bits of children's costumes and ribbons, and we made fake medals and had some glasses. We got it in 20 minutes, and then we ate the pie. It was so wonderful."

Tilda dons uneven teeth, a rounded nose and a dodgy hairdo for the role of Mason.

"It just all came about, and the teeth were always going to be there. The nose was one of the first things. I always wanted to play a character with a nose," she recalled. "When we were waiting for the pie to warm, I went and got some tape, and we taped my nose up like that."

The 53-year-old said she enjoyed the dressing up element of the part most of all.

"For me, it is all about dressing up. That is the fun of it, which does not mean that it is not interesting to work with a finer tooth comb on something more delicate, like I Am Love or even Orlando, where I am using a face that looks more like my own."

Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt and Octavia Spencer also star in Snowpiercer, based on Jean-Marc Rochette's French graphic novel Le Transperceneige.

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