How ‘Watchmen’ Star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Deals With That Makeup Process: ‘Just Get Over Yourself’

(Spoiler Warning: Do not read the following if you’re not caught up on HBO’s “Watchmen.”)

It would take Yahya Abdul-Mateen II three hours to finish getting into head-to-toe blue makeup as Doctor Manhattan on HBO’s “Watchmen,” although by the show’s last week of shooting, he had gotten the process down to around two hours, 30 minutes.

“The shortcut is to get over any ideas, any notions of personal space. Just get over yourself and just go,” Abdul-Mateen tells Variety, laughing, with regard to his transformation into the sometimes-nude and most powerful being in the Watchmen universe.

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