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April 2015 Retro Gaming Article

April 4, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Digital icon “Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future” debuted on this day in 1985

Max Headroom If you survived (or existed during) the 80s, Max Headroom was tough to ignore. His glitchy mannerisms and stuttered speech captivated us with his message. Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future was the production that brought him to life 30 years ago!

We were told that Max Headroom was a feat of computer animation and that "he" was a digital character. Such technologies were in their infancy and audiences were thrilled by the "innovation".

In truth, Max was actually a prosthetic and makeup routine performed on actor, Matt Frewer. Frewer was a bit frustrated by Max's fame because he was sworn to secrecy about being the actor behind Max Headroom. Consequently, the show won awards for it's graphics (of which thee were few) and was restricted from the "makeup" categories because they didn't want anyone to know it wasn't computer generated.

From the original production debuting April 4, 1985, Max Headroom went on to become a TV show in both the UK and America. It ran for two seasons with a total of 14 episodes. It focused on the power of large corporations by poking fun at their relentless (and ridiculous) attempts at domination.

There is an interesting article on The Verge with some great behind-the-scenes pictures and info from the creators.

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