I do what I did as a hobby as a kid, you know, and make a living at it. And I just feel like I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world 'cuz I get paid to make toys and play with them.
I can't tell you how many people would say to me as a teenager, 'Why don't you grow up and start thinking about getting a real job?
I've said this so many times but there's a magic when you have a really good actor in a really good makeup.
The problem I have with schools is, people are taught, 'This is how you do this.' They're not taught about why you do this.
It's a funny relationship that makeup artists have. I always feel kind of like a dentist. People look at me and think of pain.
I wanted to make sure to always stay current, try to find new material and stay with the modern techniques.
I was born in 1950 and watched science fiction and horror movies on TV and was always really fascinated by them.
I don't want to be doing movies that I don't want to do. They take so much out of you.
I enjoy doing digital work. I enjoy sculpting digitally. I've had my digital sculptures on covers of the top digital magazines.
I feel like I have to top myself every film I do, and it gets hard.
I do fat people and these makeups are really hard to do, but I want to make monster movies.
When you're working on a movie you always hope that people will go for it and enjoy what you're doing.
I always wanted to make aliens that looked like '60s aliens.
There's a limit to what I can do with a makeup or with animatronics.
There are so many decisions in making a movie.
When my parents died, it became clear to me that there was an end in sight. Death was never a real thing to me. And then when that happened I realized I only have so many years left, if I'm lucky.
Usually people who are in my position, they run a company and they hire people and then they take the credit for it.
It's fun doing new things.
When I do a mask, I do try to put a lot of character and a lot of expression into the sculpt.
So many people of my generation all grew up with that shock theater package on television of 'Frankenstein,' 'Wolfman,' 'Dracula,' 'Mummy,' all the Universal stuff.
Sometimes we think of a creature like a person in a suit, but then you have limitations of two eyes and two legs - they have to see and breathe. I got more into puppetry because it offered more possibilities.
I'm not really listed anywhere; I don't know how people find me!
It's funny: I've been very successful and done a lot of films, and I don't really have an agent - I don't really pursue jobs, I let people come to me.
So many of my dreams were to actually be able to make a living of what I did as a hobby.
The first time I made myself up, I was looking at my reflection in the mirror and it wasnt me looking back. It allowed me to do things I couldnt do as myself. I found out how powerful that was and how much that can mean to an actor.
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