Halle Bailey says it took a 'complete day' to get the enduring Ariel hair-flip shot proper for 'The Little Mermaid'

  • Halle Bailey mentioned it took a “complete day” to drag off the hair flip shot.
  • “My hair was actually, actually heavy,” Bailey informed Leisure Weekly of her locs that she’s had since she was 5.
  • “It looks like wool when it is moist,” she mentioned. “It sort of virtually doubles the burden after they’re heavy.”

Loads of work went into getting one of the crucial well-known photographs from the 1989 Disney animated traditional, “The Little Mermaid,” to work for the upcoming live-action remake.

The film’s star, Halle Bailey, who performs Ariel, not too long ago told Entertainment Weekly why getting the hair-flip shot was so difficult.

“That scene was so enjoyable to do. It was positively laborious, although, as a result of my hair was actually, actually heavy,” she mentioned. “I’ve my locs, that are my favourite factor. I’ve had my locs since I used to be 5. It looks like wool when it is moist. So it will get heavier. It sort of virtually doubles the burden after they’re heavy.”

Within the animated model, as soon as Ariel indicators her voice away to the evil Ursula to vary from mermaid to human, she frantically swims to the floor earlier than operating out of breath, resulting in the now-famous hair-flip shot as her head whips out of the water.

Little Mermaid hair flip

Ariel hair flip within the animated “The Little Mermaid” (left) subsequent to the hair flip by Halle Bailey within the live-action model.


But it surely wasn’t simply her personal locs she needed to flip. Bailey had curly hair strands interwoven into her hair for the function, which added to the burden of all of it.

“It was simply numerous hair on my head,” Bailey informed EW. “So each time I might get within the water, it will be heavy. In order that one scene, it was actually humorous: that complete day we had been attempting to get it proper, get it proper, and at last they received a take that they actually preferred.”

The film, which not too long ago had its star-studded premiere and can open in theaters on Might 26, additionally stars Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Javier Bardem as King Triton.