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MIB III Features Classic Aliens

Rick Baker reveals the old school fishbowl helmet aliens in Men in Black III.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 28, 2011
Source: Ryan Turek, Shock Til You Drop

Will Smith and Josh Brolin caught on set for MEN IN BLACK III(2012).
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Who needs state of the art CG-created sinister aliens when you can put a guy in a fishbowl looking outfit and hand him a plastic ray gun? It seems that genre fans checking out next year's Men in Black III in theaters will have a chance to see aliens from those classic cheesy sci-fi films of the '50s and '60s. The boys over at Shock Til You Drop had a chance to catch up with legendary special effects make-up guru Rick Baker, who explains that Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin) won't be the only ones dealing with the past in the time-traveling adventure.

When asked about what aliens we can expect to see in the third installment, Baker responded:

"The thing that's cool is there is a time travel element [to the story]. Where I had fun is that we go back to the Men in Black headquarters of the '60s. The first thing I said is that we should have retro aliens, not aliens of 2012. More based on B-movies of the '50s and '60s. So, a lot of the aliens are based on that. Space suits with fishbowl helmets and ray guns."

Returning franchise director Barry Sonnenfeld is currently shooting the production, based on a screenplay by Etan Cohen, David Koepp and Jeff Nathanson.

Men in Black III arrives in 3D/2D/IMAX theaters on May 25, 2012.



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Wiseguy 9/28/2011 9:08:48 AM

So the guys from Mars Attacks will make an appearance, cool with me. That look never gets old and works fine in this sort of film, comedy-sci/fi

reek 9/28/2011 9:22:43 AM

I dunno, the 50's serialized sci-fi feel really didn't work for Indiana Jones but MIB has a campier tone from the get go so I'm willing to give it a shot I guess.

aegrant 9/28/2011 9:29:20 AM

Green Alien Chicks... 'nuff said.

xJokersxWildx 9/28/2011 10:07:55 AM

Haha Rick Baker is a master of the special effects / makeup . I like the idea of the retro look . Retro rocks.

Sounds like this one will be lots of fun.

Looking forward to it.

GSSCHAN2000 9/28/2011 10:43:10 AM


monkeyfoot 9/28/2011 10:54:32 AM

...and the bug creature from This Island Earth!!!

reek 9/28/2011 11:04:46 AM

Oh hell yeah monkeyfoot, bring on the Mu-tants!  Rememeber when MST3K did that one?  Cal, your standing on a mu-tant turd!  priceless.

redvector 9/28/2011 11:25:02 AM

The Brain from Planet Aros.

FerretJohn 9/28/2011 1:41:13 PM

Sounds cool, I wanna see them cameo the gorilla with the deep sea helmet

VTGamehendge 9/28/2011 2:22:22 PM

Ugh, I just hope this one turns out better than the last one.  First one was funny.  Second one sucked.  I don't think I laughed at a single scene in the second movie.

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