The Wrestler star loved playing both King Hyperion in new film Immortals and Marv in Sin City, but he could have done without the makeovers.
He admits the Sin City shoot was particularly challenging: "I didn't like the three hours of make-up because you have to keep it on for 13 to 14 hours a day. It’s latex and glue and that stuff that gets my eyes all red, some chemical. It’s a nightmare.
"I remember I picked up some chick at a bar in Texas and I invited her to the set to have lunch at the lunch break. I couldn’t take the s**t off... I never saw her again."
And he had to revisit his phobia in the make-up trailer on the set of Immortals: "The days would start out bad because the the wardrobe lady spent three years doing the wardrobe and it was heavy. It took me an hour to put my pants on. It was like this layer and another layer. Then a layer up here. Then a belt over here. Then another layer and a gauntlet over here.
"And the shoes were, like, 300 pounds (136.4 kilograms) a piece. It was nice once I got dressed and put it all on - and then it was another two hours in the make-up chair."