Baker did not become reinvolved until Tim Burton signed to direct in March 2000. While Baker carried over his methodologies for realizing the apes from earlier efforts, there was a time when the various creatures’ visages remained up in the air.
Baker had always been troubled by the lack of differentiation among background apes in the original film.“It looked like there was really only one design sculpted and used for all chimps, with a second design for orangutans and a third for the gorillas,” reports Baker, “and these were reused throughout.
Baker discovered that some of his early design efforts were no longer applicable as a result of late casting choices.
RickBaker was born in Birmingham, N.Y. on December 8th, 1950.
Late in '72 Baker was hired as an assistant to the legendary make-up god Dick Smith on "The Exorcist".
Baker would follow-up Star Wars with Cocoon, Gorillas in the Mist, Batman Forever, the Nutty Professor, Men in Black, Mighty Joe Young, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rocketeer, Harry and the Hendersons, Planet of the Apes, Nutty Professor II, Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, American Werewolf in London, Ed Wood, and others.
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