Brian Froud admits specially-designed nappies were 'useless'
David Bowie was urinated upon by a baby co-star during the filming of Labyrinth, the child’s father has revealed.
The late musician played the Goblin King in the 1986 film, opposite Toby Froud, who was Toby, “The babe with the power”.
Labyrinth designer Brian Froud designed his son some custom made slimline nappies for the film, as regular-sized ones “would have got in the way of the look”. But Froud has admitted they were “useless”.
Froud told Press Association: “The first thing that Toby did when he met David Bowie, in the first shot, was pee all over him. David took it all in good part.”
Froud’s wife Wendy also worked on set as the Creative Workshop Artist. Froud explained: “Wendy was actually, strangely enough, on her knees out of shot, just at crotch-level of David, in case he dropped the baby, ready to catch him.”
Speaking of the couple’s first meeting with Bowie, Froud said it was “rather scary but so magical”. He said: “We were in his dressing room and it was about three or four days before we started the film, and we had made him a little bone flute as a gift. He just took it and he just leapt up on to the dressing table, hunkered down and played a wonderful little spooky tune on the flute. He was very Pan-like.”
The designer has also stated that he would like the film to be re-created as a stage musical to mark the movie’s 30th anniversary. “I just feel it’s an absolute gift to do it on stage. People would come and sing the songs, and dress up I think.”
Toby Froud now works as a special effects designer, working on films including Boxtrolls[i] and [i]The Chronicles Of Narnia.