Proteus, in Greek legend, was a water god, his shape, like his domain, always changing. (See also Heraclitus: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”) Close as we can get to Proteus these days is Heidi Klum, who in this shot is pulling microphone duty at some MTV Europe event in 2012:
But that’s work. For play, she goes all out:
As I live and breathe, Jessica Rabbit!
[S]he’s been planning her vampy Jessica Rabbit costume for weeks. At the beginning of October, she gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the first steps of creating a prosthetic body and cartoon face. When Heidi Klum decides to dress as Jessica Rabbit, she doesn’t go to Party City and buy a red wig, some purple eyeshadow, and a sparkly dress. Nope, she has a professional team fashion her a new butt out of movie-quality materials.
Disney, you may remember, wasn’t about to greenlight Who Framed Roger Rabbit with a budget of $50 million, and forced a cut to $30 million. I suspect they had no idea that one of the characters would still be a household word twenty-seven years later.