I came across an interview with Bill Nighy about ‘Underworld: Rise of the Lycans‘. In it he shared an anecdote of what happened on the set of the first installment (2003):
Does six hours of makeup help you get into character?
“Nope! It doesn’t help in any way whatsoever! It’s just aweful. Luckily, I only had to do it in the first one. I never have to do it again. ‘Pirates,’ the future, is computer generated. I didn’t have to wear any of it. It’s all computer generated and that’s the future and I’m very happy. They put me in a prosthetics truck with these very nice guys who for six hours apply with industrial adhesive chunks of latex to your body so that you can barely move. They then put contact lenses in and fangs, then nobody will have lunch with you any more. Literally, Sophia Myles in the first one who was supposed to have lunch with me before she saw the makeup, she actually said ‘Bill I can’t really…’ she was backing away because she freaked out. And in fact they got a model of my body; an electronic version of me and they showed it to Sophia just innocently and she went up to look at the head and then they turned it on and it sat up and its mouth fell open and she nearly had a heart attack. And they have it on video, they were very pleased with themselves that they’d scared Sophia so bad.”
Source: Movie Jungle. It’s certainly nice for one of the stars of the Underworld films to acknowledge and mention Sophia!