Strapping, handsome and near naked, actor Jay Sullivan is sculpted under the white hot light of a medical school lecture hall. His immense and gruesome physical deformities, like some sort of human nightmare, are described in scientific, unemotional detail by Treves, a Victorian surgeon and teacher (Jeffrey Bean). As each more horrible particular is mentioned — gargantuan, lumpy head; bony growths; pendulous flesh; fin-like hand; misshapen, useless leg; a face incapable of showing emotion except for tears — Sullivan obliges. His head tilts off kilter, too heavy to hold upright, one shoulder rises, his arm withers, his hip turns inward, his foot bends backward, his back crooks. In a most magical form of coup de théâtre, frightening in its simplicity, Joseph Merrick, the infamous Elephant Man,... More >>>