In the earlier scenes in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Renfield (Tom Waits) is shown wearing these odd metal bracers or something on his wrists connecting to his fingers. Can anyone shed some light on what these may be?
In an interview, Tom Waits said the following:
I also had to wear these hand restraints that were really painful. They were designed, uh- they were based on a design they had for piano players actually in Italy, to keep your hands straight. They were metal braces, and they corrected anything that your fingers may want to do that's un-piano-like. They were like, uh, I dunno, it was like having a corset for your fingers. It kept them perfectly, like this [demonstrates?] And it was all metal, and then [it had] these caps that went over your fingers and [it was] really painful to your cuticles and it looked really scary. That was the idea.