The Lists: In Contention's Top 10 Rick Baker contributions to the movies
With 'Men in Black III' on the way, we look at the legendary makeup artist's best work
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7. "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" (1984) and "Planet of the Apes" (2001)
Perhaps it's unfair to spring for a tie, but these deserve to be mentioned in tandem. The simian effects Baker conjured for Hugh Hudson's "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" foreshadowed quality work in Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" 17 years later. The animatronic chimps in the former may have been overtly expressive (and therefore a shade unrealistic), but they nevertheless showed a new dimension of what was possible in the exciting craft of special effects. Similarly, the applications in the latter were part of a new, exciting time, allowing makeup to react with an actor's facial expressions rather than against it (springing from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" a year before). Somehow "Planet" was snubbed of an Oscar nod.