July 5, 1996 |
It's been a big week for Eddie Murphy, with "The Nutty Professor" doing hefty box office and garnering belly laughs from critics and the public-at-large. And while it's Murphy's ample performance as the overweight academic Sherman Klump that gives the movie its comedic weight, no small amount of credit for the film's success must also go to the person who plumped Murphy into a convincing big man to begin with--makeup effects artist Rick Baker.
June 16, 2009 |
Dick Smith brought the devil out of Linda Blair, transformed Marlon Brando into a jowly Mafia don and punked out Robert De Niro with a startling Mohawk. So what's next for the 86-year-old special effects makeup artist? How about a tribute from his friends and colleagues? Smith's innovative work on "The Exorcist," "The Godfather," "Taxi Driver" and "Amadeus" (for which he won an Oscar) among others has had a huge influence on the field.
May 6, 2001 |
Even the devilish Tim Burton couldn't have come up with a more amusingly incongruous anthropomorphic image for his upcoming remake of "Planet of the Apes" than the sight of British actress Helena Bonham Carter, in full primate face, a cigarette dangling from her lips as she picks her nose.
December 4, 2007
"Enchanted" effects: An article in Sunday's Calendar section about visual-effects house Tippett Studio and its work on the Disney film "Enchanted" ran with a photo of the witch Narissa, played by Susan Sarandon, who morphs into a dragon. Although Tippett designed the computer-generated dragon, it was makeup artist Rick Baker who created the look for Sarandon's live-action witch.
November 23, 1993 |
Wednesday Addams is standing against the wall at Alterian Studios. As soon as her wig comes back from the production company, Wednesday will join Darkman, the Tommyknocker and a life-size hippo on permanent display of Alterian's most beloved children. Much of the special-effects work that Tony Gardner's Alterian Studios did for "Addams Family Values" ended up as "blink and you'll miss it" moments in the film, but if you don't blink, you'll go home wondering, "How did they do that?"
November 7, 2001 |
Audiences have come to expect the outrageous from the Farrelly brothers, the directing duo behind the gross-out gags of "There's Something About Mary." But their new comedy, "Shallow Hal," offers perhaps the most shocking sight of all: famously svelte Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow emoting while encased in a fat suit.