SDCC 08: Rick Baker Talks Wolfman

Rick Baker, keeping it real. Literally!Rick Baker may be an amazing FX and make-up man, but he really won our hearts at Comic-Con this year during a round table session that included Uncle Creepy after The Wolfman panel.

When asked about his approach to creating the look of the Wolfman, Baker said, “I am a fanboy at heart; I love this stuff. I wanted to stay true to the Jack Pierce make-up and still modernize it.” As far as anything in the movie that Baker didn’t get chance to do or wanted to be a part of, we got the response we’ve all been dreading: “The transformation. I wanted to be more involved with it even if it is CGI.” (Tristan Sinns reported in during the panel and told us that all the transformation scenes may be done with computer effects instead of real ones)

A lot of people were unprepared for the amount of violence shown in the clip that premiered at the Con, including Baker himself. He added, “I’m not a big gore hound. I have mixed feeling about the violence. I’m surprised as much gore got into The Wolfman as it did.

We’d all love to see Baker direct his own feature, but he seemed not so anxious, especially “if I have to use CGI. I am not interested in redesigning my career to cater to it. I just like making shit.” As for his next project, his response was music to Creepy’s ears. “I just want to keep making monsters.” If given another chance to take a crack at a Universal remake, his first pick would be Frankenstein, and he already has a “bajillion designs!

We’re right there with you, Rick. CGI is so overused and sometimes so poorly done that it has pulled some of us right out of a movie. And a Rick Baker version of Frankenstein’s creature? Fuck yeah!!!


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  • Gus Bjork

    I heart Rick Baker.

    I really do. He’s up there in ‘hero squad’ with me from the day I tried to make a Nazi Monster puppet, one of my very first puppets, coming home from American Werewolf In London. When your interview said he’s not a gorehound I think I almost swooned. There are still a few of us who are about the monsters first not the gore.