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How Actors Fake Puke In Movies And TV | Movies Insider

September 12, 2019

Ben Nigh: What do “The
Exorcist,” “Stand by Me,” “Blockers,” and “Big Little
Lies” have in common? A vomit scene. For every disgusting
vomit scene in a movie, there’s an effects team that
actually had to make the stuff, and an actor who had to sell it. Hi, everyone. My name is Ben. Today, I’m heading to NYSPFX
in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and I’m gonna see how fake
puke is made for movies and TV. And I couldn’t be more excited, because I’m gonna get to
try some of it myself. Grab a snack. Mmm, you might not want to
eat while you watch this. This is Mike Myers, a
special effects artist and the founder of NYSPFX. Myers and his team created
some of the coolest practical effects for the
Batman prequel show “Gotham” and can do everything from
breakaway glass to fake blood. But today is all about the puke, which Myers executed flawlessly in the 2015 film “While We’re Young.” (man vomits) (woman vomits) (woman vomits) Watch the carpet. Ben: Fake vomit comes in all
shapes, sizes, and textures. It can be made to look
realistic or exaggerated, depending on the scene and genre. In “While We’re Young,”
they used a combination of potato-leek and split-pea soup. Mike Myers: We’re
attempting today Top Ramen to give that squiggly, soft noodle projectile nastiness to hopefully stick to someone’s
lip when they’re done. Today, we have some frozen
berries that we’re gonna mix up. SFX artist: All right, so
here comes the tomato paste. Ben: Yum. SFX artist: A little
thickener, little color. Ben: So, we have tomato paste. That just splashed all over me, perfect. Brian Walsh: You’re in the splash zone. Ben: Yeah. Look how good that looks. This looks very familiar to
me. But not too familiar. For this experiment, we used three different types of puke. So, we got our first
fake puke right there. That’s peas and water. And then this was a nice mix of ramen, water, and tomato paste. And so now we’ve got berries, right. Third one is gonna have berries and water. Brian: Just water, yeah. Ben: Great. This is definitely the kind of fake vomit that’s gonna stain my clothing. Brian: Yes, for sure. Ben: But I anticipated
that, so I wore my jeans that have pizza on them already, so. Once we had the mixtures, it was time to load them into the tubes. Now, this stage is
actually just as important to making convincing fake puke as the actor who has to sell the scene. Mike: The pumps that we
utilize are made for liquids, not vomit, thick, pasty substances. We use our main liquid as our propellant and then in the vertical
tubes on the pumping incorporate the thicker
paste that will then be pushed upward and outward first. Ben: The mixture also
needed to be this texture for another reason: realism. The medium-density,
thick part of the mixture will be fed into the top of the tubes, and the rest that comes out
will be more like liquid, which Myers says follows the
pattern of real-life vomit. Ben: Yeah, that looks really gross. I needed a little acting advice first. Mike: When they have to,
like, regurgitate and project, there does have to be
some body motion involved, but it pretty much has to say if there’s my hose and
if I’m regurgitating, I can’t (retches) go
up because then my hose is coming out of my mouth. So he has to know to only go forward and open his mouth wide
and keep his mouth open. ‘Cause if he closes his mouth and the vomit’s still coming out, what a wasted take that is. Ben: OK, we’re gonna do this whole bucket. Mike: Yeah, that’s about
8 gallons of worth of… SFX artist: Yeah, that’s a lot. Mike: Chum. Ben: This is probably
the chunkiest mixture. And there was going to be a lot of it. Brian: Three, two, one. (retching) One, one hundred, two. (coughing) (groaning) Another one. Three, two, one. (retching) One, one hundred, two. Ben: I think getting the timing right is, like, the first initial challenge. You hear it coming up, and so,
like, as long as you’re just kinda, like, you know, ready
to go, then you’re good to go. The pea-soup mixture is
different for several reasons. It’s mixed with a lot of water, making it a lot more liquidy. And for this, they
instead use a pressure pot with clear tubes attached. I’m like the guy in the group
project that doesn’t help, but still gets an A anyways. Great. Mike: This hose allows you the flexibility where you’re not rigid. Ben: OK, cool. Mike: So, because you
have a guy behind you, you can go left, right, up, down, turn to that camera and splash it. Ben: Cool. Do you want me to puke on you? Ben: (laughs) Puke near
you? Puke that way? And you said that it’s
gonna dribble down my lip? Mike: Once we shut it off, it’ll dribble, dribble, dribble. Ben: Great, cool. Mike: And that gives some authenticity. ‘Cause it’s also got a
deflector in the front that’s gonna spray a little.
Ben: Ooh, sweet. This works well for a scene involving out-of-control vomiting. Might wanna watch out, Nick. One piece of advice I would give: Aim away from the camera. (laughing in the background) I am covered in fake puke,
and I’m not the only one. For some types of puke, no rigs or hoses are required. Bonnie: Of Facebook and reality… (Madeline throws up) G—— it! Madeline: Oh, my God. Bonnie: S—. Madeline: It’s the shrimp. Ben: For a spit take, a
member of the effects team would scoop a little bit of fake puke up. Oop, that seems like a lot. And the actor would swallow it and then spit it up. (spits) Like that? Brian: Yeah, that’s pretty good. Ben: How did that look, guys? Producer: That looked great. Ben: Should I do some more? Producer: How’d it taste? Ben: Actually, really good. There’s always room for
a little improvement. Are there any tips you can give me for how to improve my performance? Brian: Well a good thing to do would just a little more retching. A little shoulder movement, a little try to sell it a little more. And even if you put your hand in front, and get a little bit more, you know, separate where it’s coming from. Maybe a little bit
coming down on yourself. Ben: All right, no problem. (coughing) (gushing) I felt like I was in the most control. I could kind of, obviously,
I could time it myself. I didn’t have to, to
time it up with the rig or anything like that, which I think allowed me to
get more into my performance. (laughs) Love berries, so. That spit take is the one for me. And with no tubes to cover up
nor massive sprays to avoid, the camera can look
straight on to the actor. However, there are many ways
to hide these pesky tubes. Sometimes, they’re simply
taken out in post-production. Other times, it’s all about
where you place the camera. And while CGI is used to aid the process, fake-vomit scenes are still
largely done practically. More work than you can imagine goes into creating something that, in the end, might just be on screen
for a couple of seconds, but can still be the most memorable moment of any given movie or TV show. But it could be cool. If these would get
stained with berry juice, then it might actually
be kind of a cool look. Brian: Yeah. Ben: I don’t know. The berries are delicious.

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    i see the bellas i click.

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    Thanks Insider, very cool

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    Me: (clicks on video)
    also me: (reconsidering my life choices)

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    Emetophobia gang rise up

  • Reply Naffel McRaffel September 5, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Ok but nobody vomits like that

  • Reply Sabz X September 5, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Am I the only one who’s always wanted to know how they do this? I clicked straight away

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    food? yeah no

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    Berries look like blood

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    My emetophobia is quaking.

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    Ben Nigh the actor guy! Ben! Ben! Ben! Ben !!

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    Welcome to another episode of “why is this in my recommendations”

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    Haha Mike myers

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    I actually want to know how is this fake puke is made

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    That’s enough Internet for me, imma head out 😶

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    Ya I’m not hungry anymore

  • Reply Jennifer D. Lewis -DHS- SSC September 5, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you for doing this because I've always wondered how this was done.

  • Reply Harmony Lasko September 5, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Ben Nigh the Vomit Guy

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    well that was boring. just obvious stuff

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    Ben Nigh the Insider Guy
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    I just puked yesterday bye~~

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    Scary movie 3 is funny one 😆😆

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    Ben Nigh the Fake Puke Guy

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    Um. Ew..

  • Reply Jade Carmelle September 5, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Damn and the actors and actress even eat it in real life and spit it.

  • Reply HQ Girl September 5, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Pretty cool

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    Movie director: okay, Shirley you will puke on Harry
    Harry: okay as long as it’s fake
    Director: fake? Who said it was fake?
    Harry: say sike right now

  • Reply Jay September 6, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Is it weird that I already knew all of this?

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    "You may not want to eat while you watch this"

    reheats pizza

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    Algum brasileiro aqui ???

  • Reply Herbi September 6, 2019 at 2:53 am

    You touch the noodle barehand? I think I'm gonna have a real puke.

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    When you're so attractive you look hot even covered in chunder.

  • Reply DaX September 6, 2019 at 4:06 am

    How actors have sex in tv and movies next please

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    i would be so pissed if i were that cameraman

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    Anyone else smell the puke came out of ur phone..

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    so.. is it an advertisement of cinco food tube system?

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    If I was the actor who had to spot the fake puke out, I'd probably actually puke

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    I think I wanna puke real. 😩🤮

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    You're too handsome to do that act, dude 😏

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    Who's eating while watching this? 🤚🤚🤚🤚🤚🤚🤚🤚

    Just me?….. Okay……

  • Reply Yumi September 6, 2019 at 7:31 am

    That thumbnail is epic

  • Reply filmzen September 6, 2019 at 7:38 am

    The actor who plays Eugene on The Walking Dead puked for real so….

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    Oh my God this is mind boggling….. not really

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    Peppa P

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    I was watching this while eating dinner.

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    I see pitch perfect, I click 🤪🤘🏻

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    Ben Nigh, the Actor guy.
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    the ad before this video was samyang green. what.

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    Wait mikel myers

  • Reply William Shaw September 6, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    The Exorcist used an innovative technique, putting a special device in Linda Blair's mouth that was hooked to a tube that was hidden in her makeup so she could puke without being shot in profile. Though I have never in my life seen vomit that was bright green.

    It's pretty easy to see how they did it in Stand By Me. It doesn't help that the hose often sprays at a different angle than the actors' mouths. The people in the crowd are just spitting vomit out. The fat lady who barfs in her purse even licks her lips because the vomit was made of cottage cheese and blueberry pie filling.

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    I thought it's real hmmmm

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  • Reply Oofinator 3000 September 6, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    The end, “The berries are delicious.”

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    No ones talking abt mike myers

  • Reply Me Games September 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Ahhh I hate puke!!

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    Is it wierd taht i actually puked in gym infront of my crush…..

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    “You’re watching BIRD UP!”

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    This… is wonderful.

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    I love how he cringes when he thinks of what to mix

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    Shrek made fake puke


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    He’s so good looking.

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    This actually wants to make me barf

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    Mike Myers

    We did it boys, we found him.

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    that thumbnail… ICONICK.

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    puro puke naman

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    cut to 9 year old me at 4:am making fake puke to skip school

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    He manage to still look pretty after puking all over himself 🤤

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    Nice thumbnail

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    Mike Myers… And Mike is a shorting for Michael… Well shiiiiiiiiiiii

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    Why did I click on this ?

  • Reply Jackie Fitzpatrick September 8, 2019 at 2:20 am

    We all need that machine when we try to stay home from school. 😂

  • Reply I am Me September 8, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Shit now i feel like pukin

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    Yep, it's a good idea to eat oreos while watching this

  • Reply raziff rasul September 8, 2019 at 10:59 am

    ben definitely need a sleep

  • Reply Kaki September 8, 2019 at 11:10 am

    That was a very sexy man doing a very unsexy thing.
    Not sure how to feel bout that

  • Reply Holiday Vlogs & videos September 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    How about a nosebleed? Like El from Stranger Things?

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    I searched up food insider and found this…

  • Reply Harmony's Editzz September 9, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Soon as it said "mike Myers" I was like oop lemmie go to the comments real quick

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    Ooooh Mike Myers huh lol

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    Nice crocs Mike!

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    pathetic. I have only one thing to say … Mr. Creosote

  • Reply yeet skeet September 10, 2019 at 2:01 am

    His name is Mike Myers
    Cough cough

    Michael Myers
    Cough cough

  • Reply M DR September 10, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Ben can puke on me anytime he wants

  • Reply Nylas world September 10, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Is no one seriously wondering about Mike myers………MIACHEL MYERS !!!!!!!!

  • Reply RamiPlayz September 11, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Omg michael Myers makes pukeeee
    Should have known…

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  • Reply Abby Bee September 11, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    First of all who wants to know, and who wonders XDDD
    Oh wait me

  • Reply Shauna Purcell September 12, 2019 at 1:07 am

    This is so gross… when people puke I shake rlly bad and my heart races

  • Reply Leila Massina September 12, 2019 at 3:12 am

    once i had berry puke😂

  • Reply Gauri Kolekar September 12, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Why YouTube recommended this to me????😥😥😥

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