Who didn't love the little alien from 1982's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"? He was just cute enough to be cuddly (hey, a 7-year-old Drew Barrymore played dress-up with him) and funny-looking enough to be alien. But that sweet guy has relatives the public hasn't really seen until now — and some of them are downright scary.
Rick Baker, the Oscar-winning special-effects master who's worked on films including "Men in Black" and "An American Werewolf in London," is sharing photos of some of his alien creations from the late 1970s and early 1980s, including one he called "ET's dad."
The prototypes were meant to appear in a film titled "Night Skies" by Steven Spielberg. According to SlashFilm, the movie would have been a sequel to Spielberg's 1977 film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," but it never got off the ground.
Instead, some of those incredible ideas went on to fuel other Spielberg-involved productions, from "E.T." to 1982's "Poltergeist" (which the director produced and co-wrote the screenplay for) and 1984's "Gremlins."
Though E.T.'s creation was ultimately credited to Carlo Rambaldi, there's a similarity between Baker's creations and what ended up becoming the Reese's Pieces-loving extra terrestrial.
Baker has a long list of recognizable credits. In addition to having done the prosthetic work for the upcoming "Maleficent," he's worked with special effects or special makeup effects on projects including 1973's "The Exorcist," 1977's "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," Michael Jackson's 1983 "Thriller" video, 2002's "The Ring," 1976's and 2005's "King Kong."
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