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In the movie "Dinner for Schmucks", the actor David Walliams (who plays Mueller) has his index finger (with the famous ring of the family) cut by the blind "fool".

How was this effect achieved?

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anyone has any idea for the question I have made? –  user1349390 Aug 31 at 19:35
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If anyone has, they will answer it, but don't expect an answer after a quater of a day. Just be patient and remember to stop by now and then and people will answer it sooner or later if they can. –  Napoleon Wilson Aug 31 at 22:12
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I've edited the question, because clearly (the vast majority of) actors are not going to allow their finger to be cut off just for a movie. –  iandotkelly Aug 31 at 23:44
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And to prove it ... here is an article with a picture showing the finger was there in 2013 ... 3 years after the movie. huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/04/… –  iandotkelly Aug 31 at 23:51
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They removed Lieutenant Dan's legs from Forrest Gump in 1994 with CGI, I'm sure they can remove Mueller's finger in 2010. –  iandotkelly Aug 31 at 23:55

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Faking a finger being cut off is pretty easy. First, they can just use a rubber hand for the closeup with the actual cutting. If the actor is wearing something with sleeves, their real hand is up the sleeve holding the rubber hand.

If the script needs the rest of the fingers to be moving around, you can make a glove with something fingerlike and some fake blood in one finger of the glove, and the actor can curl their real finger down onto the palm of their hand inside the glove. Then the fake finger can be cut. You can put tubes for fake blood in the palm of the glove.

Generally a scene like this will be done several times from different distances, with different amounts of makeup and prosthetics each time. From 20 feet away you just need a tube on the table under the person's hand that will spray or ooze blood. You might also need another glove later to make the person's hand look like they're missing a finger.

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