Incoming: Curious and Unusual Deaths

Curious and Unsual Deaths

Last winter, I did on-set wardrobe for a TV show called Curious and Unusual Deaths. It was a fun shoot, I got to work with some cool folks and I got to be the stand-in hands for Marie Curie.

Anyway, the show premieres tomorrow (Saturday, October 31) on Discovery HD at 9 p.m. ET/PT (before settling into its regular time slot of 10 p.m. on Friday, November 6). You’ll get the scientific scoop on some crazy causes of death (the kid pictured above literally danced himself to the grave) and my Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket Coat makes a cameo in an episode about the Manhattan project.

Here’s the behind-the-scenes story. We had to shoot a scene with an actress arriving at the laboratory in a 1940s-era classic car and running into the building. Then we had a second shot of the actress escorting a scientist out of the building. Unfortunately the wardrobe specs didn’t indicate the time of year so no coat was acquired and it was, like, -20°C outside. Fortunately, I had worn my trusty vintage HBC coat to work that day. It looked great on the actress and kept her toasty warm.

Another bit of myth-busting movie magic: The car didn’t work and had to be pushed into position. Here’s photographic evidence.