Section : Conference Notes

Dermatology In The Movie Theatre (For Professionals)

Dermatology In The Movie Theatre (For Professionals)

Movies and the Skin

  • Albinism (pale skin and light eyes is often viewed as a sign of Evil)
  1. Da Vinci Code (2006): Silas is an albino (and has scarring and automutilation)
  2. Foul Play (1978): Whitey Jackson (William Frankfather) is an albino
  3. Horror of Dracula (1958): pale skin only
  4. Matrix Reloaded (2003): the agents hunting Mr Anderson (Keanu Reeves)
  • Signs of skin aging (elevated moles, wrinkles): often viewed as a sign of Evil
  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938): The witch
  2. The Witches (1990): Angelina Huston as a witch
  • Scars: often viewed as a sign of Evil
  1. Austin Powers (1997) (Dr Evil): scar on the right cheek, but also alopecia
  2. Frankenstein (1931)
  3. Lion King (1994): The Lion named scar has a scar on left eye and is the uncle of Simba who killed his father
  4. Platoon (1986): Sergeant Barnes is the evil military and is scarred on the face. Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe) is doesn’t have scars  and is the kind military man.
  5. True Grit (2010): Josh Brolin has a gunpowder scar on left cheek
  • Tattoos when widespread are also viewed as a sign of Evil
  1. Cape Fear (1991): Robert de Niro carries multiple tattoos

Actors and skin diseases

  • Acne Rosacea
  1. Cameron Diaz
  • Acne Scarring
  1. Brad Pitt
  2. Edward James Olmos
  3. Elizabeth Hurley
  4. Mike Myers
  5. Nicolas Cage
  • Adult Acne Vulgaris
  1. Leonardo Di Caprio
  2. Megan Fox
  3. Will Smith
  • Melanocytic nevus: commonly named beauty spots they are so when flat-pigmented around areas such as mouth and eyes which are increases in size in youth. They are inattractive when they become elevated and loose their color
  1. Cindy Crawford: Above left mouth commissure
  2. Christian Bale: medial aspect of right eye
  3. Jean Harlow: Below the left mouth commissure. Gwen Stefani also did it when playing that character.
  4. Marilyn Monroe: Left nasogenial fold
  5. Sarah Jessica Parker: right side of the chin (had it removed when became elevated and skin colored)
  • Pale skin back in the trend (not a sign of Evil)
  1. Drew Barrymore
  2. Nicole Kidman
  3. Twilight: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
  • Photoaging
  1. Brigitte Bardot
  2. Clint Eastwood
  3. Robert Redford
  • Port Wine Stain
  1. Mikhail Gorbachev: Port Wine stain on scalp
  2. Tina Turner: PWS on right arm (interpretated as a sign of abuse)
  • Other
  1. George Walker Bush: signs of 5-fluorouracil treatment (actinic keratosis ?)
  2. Richard Gere: Lesion similar to Becker’s nevus on left scapula
  3. Ronald Reagan: signs of BCC + excision on tip of nose
  4. Mark Wahlberg (Fighter, 2010): accessory nipple under left nipple
  5. Mr T: CTCL (T cell lymphoma, Mycosis Fungoides)
  6. WC Fields: Rhinophyma

Accessory Nipple

Meanings of Skin diseases in movies for the dermatologist

  • Black Swan (2010): Natalie portmann has neurotic excoriations because of her stress as a dancer
  • Philadelphia (1993): Tom Hanks loses his job because of visible Kaposi’s Sarcoma
  • The Motorcycle Diaries (2004): Che Guevara reaches out and shakes hands with leprosy patients in a leprosy mission.


Dr Christophe HSU – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland

Reese V. Dermatology and Cinema. 69th Annual Meeting of the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) – New Orleans, Louisiana, Unites States of America (USA)

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