Unannounced star Benicio Del Toro introduced "The Wolf Man" trailer as he sat beside costar Emily Blunt and makeup/FX guru Rick Baker.
Baker enjoyed the experience, and let it be known that "Bene" is "a monster fan. Everytime we’d do the makeup, he’d come in with a different magazine" showcasing the Wolf Man or another monster movie. And for Del Toro, it was definitely a role he wanted.
"Becoming [the Wolf Man], putting it on and getting in character … that was exciting," said Del Toro. "It was taking it off that was difficult."
Blunt, for her part, did not believe it was difficult to act in.
"When I heard they were doing a monster movie, I said ‘Hey, I can run and I can scream," said Blunt. "The first time I saw it [Benicio in full makeup], it was really disconcerting. … I really was running. In a corset!"
Many of the questions were directed toward Rick Baker, Here’s a sampling:
Is the makeup harder to do on a movie like "Wolf Man" as opposed to "Norbit?"
Baker: The makeup, like a Mr. Wong, an older Asian man played by Eddie Murphy [in "Coming to America"], was actually harder to do than "The Wolf Man."
Practical makeup & effects versus CGI?
I think that if it’s done right, they can actually work hand in hand. [For "The Wolf Man],
it’s more of an old-fashioned gothic film.
Can you comment on Stan Winston’s passing?
It’s really so sad to lose Stan … People always thought that we hated each other because we competed for the same jobs. And they’re right. I hated him … He was a bastard … But really, it’s a wonderful thing when you have someone [who’s your rival] that cares about what you’re doing so much, it helps you out.
— Jevon Phillips
Photo: Del Toro, Blunt and Baker at Comic-Con. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times