I feel so great right now. Usually when a horror icon exits the film world, it’s because they’ve passed on. Here, we get to tell you that a healthy Rick Baker is retiring from the effects world, and will leave behind a whirlwind of work that will be celebrated until the end of time.
The disappointing news is that Baker’s decision comes out of the rise of CGI.
“First of all, the CG stuff definitely took away the animatronics part of what I do,” he told 89.3. “It’s also starting to take away the makeup part. The time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out. I would consider designing and consulting on something, but I don’t think I will have a huge working studio anymore.”
Instead of being saddened by the news, we can now celebrate everything Baker has given us over the years, from “Thriller” to An American Werewolf in London, The Wolfman, Videodrome, Harry and the Hendersons, Gorillas in the Mist and even Planet of the Apes.
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