According to “Rick Baker: Metamorphosis,” when the day got here to shoot the massive transformation scene, Baker and his workforce weren’t listed on the decision sheet. They went right down to the set to see what was taking place, solely to seek out Benicio del Toro mimicking reworking right into a wolf. It was then that Baker and firm realized that the filmmakers had determined to make the transformation scene CGI. This was understandably complicated to the Baker workforce, since they’d spent appreciable time growing a sensible transformation scene, and had been able to go.
Dave Esley stated of the expertise:
“We stated, ‘But we’ve all these items. It’s all able to go. Don’t you need to even attempt it?’ And they stated, ‘Nope.’ Rick was so gutted … We’d constructed 90 % of it and deliberate it out, and it was very authentic, very intelligent, and actual progressive; Rick was truthfully, in truth, heartbroken about it, and it broke my coronary heart as properly.”
Baker confirmed his annoyance, stating: “I used to be deliberately not noted of the filming of the transformation, which is silly … I poured my coronary heart and soul into it.” The transformation scene that seems within the movie is legitimately terrible. The werewolf hair is just too easy, missing texture. And the physique elements twisting and elongating seem like a full-blown cartoon. None of it really works, and it is much more jarring when the scene ends and we see del Toro’s Wolfman sporting sensible make-up. You need to ask, “Hey, the place’d that cartoon that was simply right here go?” It’s additionally baffling — if Baker and the workforce had been able to go along with one thing sensible, why not shoot it? The reply is definitely money and time — the producers needed the scene carried out quick and low-cost, and the film suffers due to it.
Baker and his workforce maybe had the final giggle, profitable an Oscar for his or her work (the one Oscar the movie received). But watching “The Wolfman” continues to disappoint. I discover myself revisiting it once in a while, pondering, “Well, possibly this time I’ll prefer it extra.” That’s not such an outlandish thought — opinions on movies change. But “The Wolfman” stays a slog; there is not any life within the movie, save for Baker’s gorgeous make-up. And I am unable to assist however suppose that if the filmmakers had gone together with his sensible transformation scene, the movie can be way more profitable. It seems like an insult, to not simply Baker however to his followers, that we’ll by no means get to see what he created.