Meet Rick Baker. Rick is one of the most famous men ever in the history of movie special effects. He’s worked on hundreds of films, starting out making the masks for the original Star Wars Cantina and continuing to create creepy creatures even today.
Baker has always been fascinated with gorillas, and has both created and played some of the most infamous apes to have appeared on screen over the past forty years. A few of the ones he created included King Kong (both the 1976 and 2005 versions), Sidney in The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Mighty Joe Young, all the masks in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, and the gorilla’s close cousin, Harry from Harry and the Hendersons.