Although Rick Baker retired from the film industry in 2015, he has continued to share makeup expertise and creature creations through social media. Now Baker has used himself as a canvas to assume the appearance of another cinematic icon: Christopher Lee.
Baker recently shared a post on Instagram that features a close-up photo of the makeup artist as Count Dooku, the role that Lee portrayed in two of the Star Wars prequel films. In the post, Baker noted that he has been told that he looks like Lee with his beard, and he just couldn’t resist using his skills to turn himself into Lee’s double.
As you can see, Baker did an excellent job of capturing Lee’s likeness, although he was certainly aided by their physical similarities. Lee had an acting career that nearly reached the seven-decade mark, and he was still performing up until his passing in 2015. Lee was most widely known for playing Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, as well as his villainous turn in The Man With the Golden Gun. In his later years, Lee returned to the screen as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, in addition to his turn as Dooku in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
The iconic Baker’s career has been no less impressive. He was the first artist ever to win the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, which he earned for his work on An American Werewolf in London. Baker won that award seven times, and his extensive credits include the Men in Black trilogy, King Kong, The Ring, Harry and the Hendersons, and Michael Jackson’s werecat creature in the music video for “Thriller.”
You can find more of Baker’s creations on his Instagram account.