Radovan Karadzic gets a jail make-over
War criminal Radovan Karadzic has gotten himself a new make-over in jail to return him to the familiar coiffured figure that terrorised tens of thousands of people.
His disguise (hideous I might add) helped him hide for more than 10 years on the run. But now he has shaved off his beard and cut his hair and now looks the same as before, just 14 years older.
Meanwhile more details emerged of Karadzic's secret life in Belgrade including a mistress, a bogus family he claimed he left behind in the United States and frequent visits to a pub called The Madhouse.
The former Bosnian Serb leader - arrested on Monday on UN genocide charges - had a girlfriend he presented as an associate at the alternative medicine clinic he owned, according to Zoran Pavlovic, who was hired by Karadzic to set up a website for it.
Mr Pavlovic also said he visited Karadzic's apartment in New Belgrade and saw a framed photograph of four boys who Karadzic said were grandsons living in America.
Misko Kovijanic, who owns the bar in Karadzic's district, said Karadzic was a regular who liked to sip red wine in the and enjoy the decor which includes photos of Karadzic and fellow war crimes fugitive Ratko Maldic.
"I'm very proud that he came to my pub, and I'm very sad that he was arrested," Mr Kovijanic said.
Personally I think he looked better before his make-over - at least that way we couldn't see his face!
Karadzic will be handed over to the UN war crimes tribunal soon, but he has declared that he is going to defend himself. I suppose that makes sense because no one else is going to want to touch that case. It would be a lost cause from the beginning.
Maybe if he does a good enough job, he will be able to win an Oscar for best make-up next year as I found on this spoof website.
Rick Baker, veteran make-up effects expert on such movies as An American Werewolf in London, and King Kong described Karadzic’s disguise as “outstanding”.
“Looking at photos of him now and then, you simply couldn’t tell it was Karadzic. Growing a beard and chopping off his distinctive bouffant obviously goes a long way, but look at his eyes and mouth as well – it’s very subtle work but extremely effective. You’d swear it was a different man.”
Baker believes Karadzic will be a shoe-in for next year’s Best Make-Up Oscar: “I know he didn’t star in a film but it’s so impressive that the Academy simply has to recognise his achievement.
Obviously this is a joke, and is meant to be one though.