To play the 57-year-old former Illinois police sergeant — jailed since May 2009 on charges he drowned his third wife, Kathleen Savio — the chameleon-esque actor, 47, goes through a nine-hour transformation every day.
I don't think "chameleon-esque" is an accurate adverb for someone who needs several hours in a make-up chair to become a middle-aged man with no physical deformities or superpowers. A chameleon would be someone who can make you believe he's become a different person through some kind of non-latex, wizardlike process (like acting).
Does People call Joan Rivers a chameleon because she's had face lifts? Is Manhattan chameleon-esque because it only took 300 years to transform itsself from forests to skyscrapers?
This reminds me of what I consider the "jump the shark" moment for Saturday Night Live, when it seemed to devote more effort to the makeup for celebrity impressions than do clever writing.
Photo from Lifetime television.
Crossposted at Extra Criticum.