Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called “the Great American Novel.” Val Kilmer wrote and directs the one-man play “Citizen Twain”, currently preparing for a run in Pasadena, Calif., Aug. 21-30. Continue reading to see the amazing transformation in its entirety.

“There’s a part of the makeup that starts to become the way I understand Mark Twain. He’s old in my story…old people are often frustrated because their movement becomes restricted.”

The two-hour transformation includes prosthetics, hair, makeup and a long, gray moustache. It’s more of a “character study” on the author, Kilmer tells the L.A. Times of his play, adding that he’s hoping to eventually bring it to Broadway.

Bonus Video – Only Surviving Mark Twain Footage

Though Twain earned a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he invested in ventures that lost a great deal of money, notably the Paige Compositor, which failed because of its complexity and imprecision. In the wake of these financial setbacks he filed for protection from his creditors via a bankruptcy filing, and with the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain chose to pay all his pre-bankruptcy creditors in full, though he had no responsibility to do this under the law.

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