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First Look: Benicio Del Toro as the Wolfman

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Benicio Del Toro as The Wolfman, the February 13, 2009 release from director Joe Johnston.  The magazine also has an interview with FX specialist Rick Baker.

Check out the two released images of Del Toro in makeup and highlights from the interview after the jump.

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Here are some highlights from the EW interview with Rick Baker:

Entertainment Weekly: How much did you update the makeup from the original?
Rick Baker: It’s actually more frightening. But I still wanted to be true to the original and show respect for it. What’s interesting about those two pictures is that there’s one that he’s kind of facing forward and you see a little more of his body — that’s very much more of a classic Wolfman shot; it looks more like the Chaney version. The close-up one is a more frightening and dynamic version. Even though it’s the same makeup [as the first picture], he can do a lot more than Lon Chaney could do with the makeup. It’s cool that there’s something for the old-school guys, and the other picture is more for the guys who don’t even know what the Wolfman is but can see that picture and still go, ”Oh, that’s cool!”

EW: How does Wolfman rank next to the rest of the films on your extensive résumé?
RB: 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. I’m not really listed anywhere; I don’t know how people find me! It’s easier now that I’m more established, but in the earlier days when I first started out, it’s actually amazing that I was successful. But with this film, when I first found out they were going to do it, I went and talked to somebody I know at Universal. I said, ”You know what? I have to do The Wolfman! You’ve got to let me do this! I’ll do some really cool stuff.” The Wolfman and Frankenstein were probably the two most important films in my childhood that made me want to become a makeup artist. I pursued this job. Fortunately they said okay! It’s been really fun. We’ve been filming at night, and were filming in this gypsy camp. It was like being in an old Universal film. We were in this forest with these cool gypsy wagons and these gypsies sitting all around, and people on horseback, and fog — I was just going, Yeah! The Wolfman!

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Source: Entertainment Weekly