Known as Hollywood’s “Tooth Fairy,” Chris Lyons has crafted prosthetic teeth for the crème de la crème of entertainers — everyone from Madonna and Meryl Streep to Leonardo DiCaprio and Javier Bardem.
“I’ve met Madonna, Robert De Niro, Michael Caine — the list is endless,” the England-based owner of Fangs FX recently told Page Six. “It’s almost easier to say who I haven’t met than who I have met.”
Lyons, who also runs a dental laboratory, said he fell into showbiz by “pure fluke” over 30 years ago after a client set up him, his late father and his current business partner to help out on a film.
Things snowballed from there: He’s made fake teeth for blockbuster movie and TV hits including “Game of Thrones,” “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars,” and is almost up to 600 film and TV credits, with around 25 projects currently in the works.
But don’t expect to learn too much about the specific materials or process of making each unique set of teeth. After years of perfecting their craft, the Fangs FX team guards the details like a secret family recipe.
Most recently, Lyons’ work on Meryl Streep’s fake “Big Little Lies” teeth had people talking at the premiere of Season 2 of the HBO show. Page Six previously confirmed the teeth were fashioned to look like those of her on-screen son, Alexander Skarsgård.
Lyons has been working with Streep and her makeup artist, Roy Hellund, since her 2011 Oscar-winning movie “The Iron Lady.”
“So now, because I’ve worked with her so many times, she can just telephone and order up and I can make them and ship them out and I know they’re going to fit, she knows they’re going to fit and there’s absolutely zero panic,” he explained. “She knows the quality of the work she’s going to get back.”
In 2018, Lyons made Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury teeth for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which Lyons says was the most nervous he’s ever been for a film. A year before they even began shooting, Lyons prepared 20 different sets of teeth for Malek to play the music icon.
Teeth from Fangs FX vary in every way from project to project. Lyons said the average price for one set is $1,000 for the full mouth and then the price rises from there based off everything from how many sets are needed to how quickly they’re needed to if they contain gold or jewels.
Lyons speaks passionately about his different projects with no shortage of stories, like how he spent two weeks making sets of teeth for Madonna, who accidentally kept breaking hers on the set of “Evita,” or how he’s spent 10 years working on “Harry Potter” films, which has been the “gift that keeps giving,” continuing with the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.
“I just feel really privileged to be where I am and respected in the industry and by actors and Oscar-winning makeup artists,” Lyons said thoughtfully. “I love meeting the actors and finding out what they’re really like because we all see them on the red carpet, being interviewed and say, ‘What are they really like in real life?’ … 99 percent of them are very nice people. There’s the odd one or two that are not, but they shall remain nameless.”
He continued, “When I meet Meryl, it’s not just, ‘Oh, hi Meryl.’ She will give me a hug and a kiss and it’s like, ‘Hang on, I’ve just given Meryl Streep a hug.’ I’m a little man from London playing a very, very small part in these movies, and sometimes you just need to pinch yourself … It’s unbelievable. There’s not one job that gets more care and attention because you’re only as good as your last job.”
So who is left on Lyons’ bucket list? Billy Connolly, Samuel L. Jackson and Morgan Freeman.
Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in “Harry Potter”
Javier Bardem in “Skyfall” (right). He was wearing two sets of prosthetic teeth during this scene.
Madonna in “Evita” in 1996 (right)
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A Wight from “Game of Thrones”
Helena Bonham Carter in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (right)
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Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” (right)
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