A 1981 Interview with Make-Up Artists Rick Baker and Dick Smith


At some point in our recent past, movie Make-Up artists were held in high enough regard that they were interviewed on national news programs. It was a magical time that would get you excited to read the newest issue of Fangoria or whatever other magazine might be showcasing upcoming FX.

In this interview from 1981, legendary artists Rick Baker and Dick Smith talk a little about their work with special attention paid to Altered States and An American Werewolf in London. I especially enjoy watching the William Hurt bladder system test footage they show and Smith’s comment of how it would make a great headache medicine commercial.

Oh and the Dick Smith AND Rick Baker “origin stories” are perfect, because they are relatable.


Garry Vander Voort

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One thought on “A 1981 Interview with Make-Up Artists Rick Baker and Dick Smith

  1. Dudley88 says:

    I was in the 8th grade when I saw “An American Werewolf in London” for the first time. What a blast I had. To balance out the “gross out” makeup and special effects, you also got to see the lovely Jenny Agutter in her prime.

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