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Geeky Q & A: Michael Westmore

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SYFY WIRE Staff
Sep 5, 2017

As part of Syfy 25 – where we’re looking back at everything amazing that’s happened in the world of sci-fi, fantasy and horror over the last 25 years – we asked a bunch of famous people what sort of geeky stuff they like. Here’s what Face Off mentor and Oscar winning make-up effects artist Michael Westmore had to say.

The one thing I geek out over the most is: 
Mentoring on Face Off

The first thing I remember geeking out over is:
Creating the characters for the original “Land of the Lost”

The science-fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:
Gene Roddenberry

My geeky guilty pleasure is:
Reading history

The current state of science-fiction in three words:
Always moving forward

The biggest genre game-changer of the last 25 years was:
Innovation

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional is:
“Live long and prosper."

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is: 
Star Trek, First Contact

The best genre series of the last 25 years is:
Star Trek, The Next Generation

The best genre book of the last 25 years is:
Makeup Man: A Memoir & Harry Potter

The best comic book or graphic novel of the last 25 years is:
Fantastic Four

The best video game of the last 25 years is:
The Legend of Zelda

The best genre theme song or soundtrack of the last 25 is:
Star Trek

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:
Remakes don’t work - NONE

On the flipside, a movie that should never ever be remade is:
Gone with the Wind

The genre character I most admire:
Sir Patrick Stewart – Capt. Picard

The genre character I most despise:
Jar-Jar Binks 

The genre character I love that no one else seems to pay attention to is:
“Dellaventura”

If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be:
Any period in time when I could be King.

Because:
I would be King

A scene from a movie that scared the ever living sh*t out of me was:
1940s The Mummy



The most underrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time:
Salute of the Jugger

 

The most overrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time is:
Battlefield Earth

The fictional character with the best style is:
Star Trek’s Capt. Picard

The best Batman was:
Michael Keaton

The LOTR character I’d like to be is:
Legolas

The LOTR character I’d actually be is:
Gandalf

If I could time travel I would:
go to Shangri-la

The most unforgivable insult in all of nerdom is:
Being called a “half-wit”

If I could have one superpower, it would be:
See into the future

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks:
Telekinesis

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:
My wife of 52 years

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:
Gryffindor

My patronus would be:
A stag

On a voyage through space, my captain would be: 
Capt. Picard

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:
The new Batmobile.

People in Fantasy tales are always British because:
Their dialect transports you.

In a fight between Dumbledore and Gandalf, who would win?
Gandalf

In a fight between Picard and Kirk, who would win?
Picard

In a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, who would win?
Wonder Woman.

In a fight between Hulk and Thor, who would win?
Thor

In six words or less, what words of wisdom do you have for fellow fans?
Enjoy everything that comes your way.

Check out more of our Q&A’s. And head on over to our Syfy 25 page to see everything else we’ve got going on.

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