Ross Lanten was a nasty piece of work. If anyone deserved to be dumped in a pile of slowly rotting roadkill, it was probably him. Key Set Costumer John Deering gives a behind-the-scenes account of how the reveal of Lanten's body was produced.
Meet Patrick, a very dedicated actor.
"The process for creating Dead Ross Lanten was a tribute to a committed actor (Patrick Robert Smith). The temperature that day fluctuated between sunny and pleasant to rain, slush and snow. To achieve the look of a dead body reveal, the actor, (with plenty of thermal layering), was prepared with a bullet hole and a mixture of dried blood."
There's a dead bad guy in there somewhere...
"He was then placed in a mixture of peat moss, dirt and manure. His body was positioned for the reveal and was then covered with layers of the soil mixture. His face and hands were last to be covered, relaying a thumbs up if the process was too confining or claustrophobic. The final step was to cover his entire face deep in the decomposing mixture."
Yessir, that is one dead-looking actor.
"Lastly, stuffed animal carcasses were placed around and almost on top of him. A straw was placed in his mouth to provide oxygen. The actor then breathed as shallowly as possible as we rolled with Walt and Vic revealing a dead Ross. I remember his comment was: 'It was my hands and face that were the coldest. I actually enjoyed the dirt as it served as a blanket against the elements. However,' he said, 'Once was enough!'"
Warning: Sniffles ahead.
The scene between Holly (Heather Kafka) and her son, Dacus (Devon Graye), at the end of this episode was heart breaking. However, it wasn't just the viewers at home who were getting misty-eyed. Script Coordinator Emily Thomas reports that several of the crew members on set during that shoot found themselves in tears as well! Heather Kafka has a number of projects in the works, including a role Terrance Malick's upcoming Untitled Project, in which she performs opposite Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling. Fans may remember Devon Graye, who played Dacus, as another young killer from his stint portraying Young Dexter in the show, Dexter.
Production notes courtesy of John Deering, Daniela Moore, and Emily Thomas.