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When I do a mask, I do try to put a lot of character and a lot of expression into the sculpt. ---->>>

So many of my dreams were to actually be able to make a living of what I did as a hobby. ---->>>

The first time I made myself up, I was looking at my reflection in the mirror and it wasn't me looking back. It allowed me to do things I couldn't do as myself. I found out how powerful that was and how much that can mean to an actor. ---->>>

I find it kind of disturbing when people cheer when someone just gets stabbed brutally. ---->>>

I hate wasting time or money and that happens all the time for no good reason, and then people save money by skimping on the important things. ---->>>

I used to have to save my allowances to buy a quart of rubber to make a mask, and it's how I spent all my free time. ---->>>

CGI has a lot of backlash now. I think it's just because there are so many people doing it. It's a tool and it's only as good as the people behind it. ---->>>

It's a funny relationship that makeup artists have. I always feel kind of like a dentist. People look at me and think of pain. ---->>>

I've said this so many times but there's a magic when you have a really good actor in a really good makeup. ---->>>

It's fun doing new things. ---->>>

The problem I have with schools is, people are taught, 'This is how you do this.' They're not taught about why you do this. ---->>>

I always wanted to make aliens that looked like '60s aliens. ---->>>

I do a lot of CG stuff for fun. ---->>>

I don't want to be doing movies that I don't want to do. They take so much out of you. ---->>>

I was born in 1950 and watched science fiction and horror movies on TV and was always really fascinated by them. ---->>>

I'm not really listed anywhere; I don't know how people find me! ---->>>

There are so many decisions in making a movie. ---->>>

Sometimes we think of a creature like a person in a suit, but then you have limitations of two eyes and two legs - they have to see and breathe. I got more into puppetry because it offered more possibilities. ---->>>

I can't tell you how many people would say to me as a teenager, 'Why don't you grow up and start thinking about getting a real job?' ---->>>

I do fat people and these makeups are really hard to do, but I want to make monster movies. ---->>>

I enjoy doing digital work. I enjoy sculpting digitally. I've had my digital sculptures on covers of the top digital magazines. ---->>>

I feel like I have to top myself every film I do, and it gets hard. ---->>>

I have a job that I truly love, and an enormous crew of people that can do things better than I can! ---->>>

I have always tried to stay current. ---->>>

I love making scary faces, that's just how I grew up. ---->>>

I wanted to make sure to always stay current, try to find new material and stay with the modern techniques. ---->>>

There's a limit to what I can do with a makeup or with animatronics. ---->>>

Usually people who are in my position, they run a company and they hire people and then they take the credit for it. ---->>>

When you're working on a movie you always hope that people will go for it and enjoy what you're doing. ---->>>

I do what I did as a hobby as a kid, you know, and make a living at it. And I just feel like I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world 'cuz I get paid to make toys and play with them. ---->>>

Grinch had so many people in make up - virtually everybody. We had about 100 people a day for five months. And every day we would use 100 sets of appliances. ---->>>

I'm amazed that movies ever get finished at all - much less come out good once in a while. It's an awful lot of work and it can go wrong a thousand different ways. ---->>>

I'm not a big gore hound but monster gore is different to me than killing a teenager in any way that you can when another human-like person does it. I don't know how I rationalize that really but it seems different to me. ---->>>

It's funny: I've been very successful and done a lot of films, and I don't really have an agent - I don't really pursue jobs, I let people come to me. ---->>>

So many people of my generation all grew up with that shock theater package on television of 'Frankenstein,' 'Wolfman,' 'Dracula,' 'Mummy,' all the Universal stuff. ---->>>

When my parents died, it became clear to me that there was an end in sight. Death was never a real thing to me. And then when that happened I realized I only have so many years left, if I'm lucky. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 12-08, 1950
Birthplace: Binghamton, New York
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Occupation: Inventor
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Richard A. "Rick" Baker (born December 8, 1950) is an American special make-up effects creator, make-up artist, and special effects supervisor, mostly known for his creature effects; he was also a creature designer. Baker won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling a record seven times from a record eleven nominations, starting in 1981 when he won the inaugural award for An American Werewolf in London (wikipedia)