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Even if you don’t understand the appeal of attending conventions dressed as your favorite comic-book or cartoon character, you have to admire dedicated cosplayers. Oh, not the ones who slap on a headband and call themselves “Naruto.” No, I’m talking about the ones who spend countless hours sewing costumes and then browbeating their friends into donning the costume of the appropriate teammate or supporting character.
Or, say, someone like this guy in Brazil, who decided to go all out as the Incredible Hulk, only to discover — too late! — that the green body paint isn’t entirely water-soluble.
According to Extra (Google translation), Paulo Henrique dos Santos dressed up as the Green Goliath for Sunday’s Challenge for Peace run in Rio De Janeiro, where the costume was a smash. But three miles and more than 20 baths later, he’s still unable to revert to human form.
“I spent hours in the bath trying to get this makeup and nothing,” he said. “I had to ask for help from my girlfriend. The worst is that the ink has not decreased. The product is impregnated in my body. Even rubbing soap, still green.” To sleep, he’s had to cover the floor of his bedroom with plastic bags.
The 35-year-old worries he’ll not be able to return to work as a pool cleaner and DJ/singer better known as MC Marronzinho. Worse still, there’s a fear of lead poisoning. He plans to sue the manufacturer, but probably after he goes to the hospital.
“I was happy to run in my community and show the world that we have good here, and disclose my work as a singer,” he said. “Now I’m very sad, not knowing what to do. I am embarrassed by this situation.”