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BUGGIN’ OUT: Rick prepares Vincent D’Onofrio for his transformation into Edgar, the giant cockroach in MEN IN BLACK


Rick Baker Rick Baker may be best known for his monstrous creations.


But aside from being the foremost “Monster Maker” in Hollywood, he is also a pioneer in how makeup effects have evolved. While always working to perfect and streamline his practical makeup skills, he has been at the forefront of the digital revolution, using computer technology to enhance the practical makeup process. Here, he talks with FM about the balance he tries to strike between the two elements and how he sees the future unfolding. But first, he reminisces about his over two-decades long relationship with Eddie Murphy—a relationship that has garnered him 4 Oscar nominations and 1 win, and has allowed him to show that some of the greatest skill in makeup effects isn’t just in making monsters, but in making regular, everyday people you’d never know were in makeup should you bump into them on the street.


34 FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND • JAN/FEB 2012


On COMING TO AMERICA and his relationship with Eddie Murphy:


When I was first approached to do COMING TO AMERICA,


I was in England finishing GORILLAS IN THE MIST—we had already done the Africa portion—when I got a call from Landis. He says, “I’m doing this film with Eddie Murphy and he’s going to be playing a bunch of characters and one of them is this old Jewish guy and I don’t have any money and I want you to do it and you’ve got to do this and we’re gonna start real soon!” So I came back and started my long relationship with Eddie.


The problem was that Eddie wasn’t really available to us for tests. I said, “I need to test this makeup. The first day we put the makeup on can’t be the first day we film.” The first thing we got Eddie for


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