Rick Baker was killed by Benicio Del Toro on Mark Romanek's THE WOLFMAN & We've The Pic To Prove It!!!
Published at: Sept. 9, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST by headgeek
Hey folks, Harry here... It recently leaked out on to the net that Rick Baker was indeed providing the make-up for Benicio in Mark Romanek's THE WOLFMAN - from Andrew Kevin Walker's script. I've known this for quite some time now - about 3 months ago, Romanek video i-chatted with me for a bit and waved this photo in front of his iSight camera for about 3 seconds as I tried to make out what it was - before being greeted with Mark's smiling face. To say he's excited about working with these two is a gross understatement. He literally has been geeking out about it. So when the word hit the web, I contacted Mark to share this great, celebratory pic with all of you. Now as you look at this - realize... NO MAKE-UP HAS BEEN APPLIED - That's just Benicio doing his WOLFMAN snarl - pre-Rick Baker. Can you imagine POST-Rick Baker Benicio? I can't wait to see this film - I expect nothing short of greatness. And a pimp cane!
This was taken about three months ago -- Our first meeting with the three of us.
This pose was a jokey homage to the classic Universal Wolfman/Famous Monsters Magazine-era style, but seeing Benicio getting "wolfy" for the first time, even in jest, gave us chills. It was our first glimpse of what we could expect from this amazingly original and gifted actor.
It was very exciting to see these guys in the same room. Rick could tell immediately that Benicio was a sincere fan of the Lon Chaney Jr. original. Rick is such a Wolfman fan, he admitted that he's only campaigned for two films in his entire career. One was "Ed Wood" and the other is this project.
Seeing them together in the same room made me feel the project was finally becoming a reality.
Rick's assistant Kazu took extensive hi-rez digital photos (on this incredible 30 megapixel Hasselblad digital camera) of Benny making various facial expressions. we were all so stunned to see just how expressive Benicio's snarls and grimaces were, even without make-up.
Rick joked, "so, whattaya need ME for?!"
That said, the designs that Rick has created for Benicio are astonishing -- subtle, detailed, (sexy), terrifying.