That Time ‘Men In Black 3’ Makeup Maestro Rick Baker Created Aliens for ‘The Richard Pryor Show’


Baker with some MIB 3 creations

Remember The Richard Pryor Show from 1977? Yeah, me neither. The NBC sketch comedy series created by comedy legend Pryor lasted only four episodes! But among those four episodes–in the first sketch of the first episode in fact–was a Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina spoof in which Pryor played a surly bartender in an alien bar inhabited by numerous creatures created by none other than Hollywood makeup master, Rick Baker!

In the sketch, Pryor gets into it with a werewolf-esque alien and if you look really close, you can see an early, more-short-snouted, version of his famed American Werewolf in London wolf!

Check out the clip below for an early dose of the work from the man who went on to not only change, but set the standard for horror and science fiction makeup special effects with genre defining work in the aforementioned An American Werewolf in London as well as The Howling, It’s Alive, Harry and the Hendersons, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (Baker’s apes were wonderful, the rest, not so much) and the entire Men in Black trilogy, the third of which is in theaters now!

Here are the wolves, side-by-side for reference:

Pretty cool, eh?

Our buddies at Next Movie visited Baker in his L.A. studio (so jealous!) to talk about some of his favorite aliens from Men in Black 3!

He also mentions how Harry from the bigfoot family comedy Harry and the Hendersons is his career highlight. “It just all really came together.”

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