The third installment in the Men in Black franchise opens in theaters this weekend, and audiences can look forward to seeing a retro take on the alien characters in the film as Agent J (Will Smith) is sent back to 1969, where he must confront and save a younger Agent K (Josh Brolin).
The man behind the iconic creature design that Men in Black has become known for is multi-Oscar-winning make-up artist Rick Baker, the effects mastermind behind films such as An American Werewolf in London, Ed Wood, Harry and the Hendersons, The Nutty Professor, Hellboy, The Ring and many others.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Baker at his remarkable Los Angeles shop to talk about the course of his career, his favorite aliens in the Men in Black franchise, how he works with director Barry Sonnenfeld, the one monster he would love to take on, and his favorite creature that he has given birth to.
Take a look at our interview with Baker, as well as a snazzy behind-the-scenes feature which highlights his incredible designs in the film:
Men in Black 3 Interview with Rick Baker
Men in Black 3: Building a Better Alien Featurette
In ‘Men in Black 3,’ Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back…in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.
Barry Sonnenfeld directs a cast that includes Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin.
Men in Black III opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on May 25th, 2012.
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