Joe Rogan At The Movies, Rick Baker Werewolf Stories & Edward Norton Film Set Tales

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When I’m lucky enough to be space invader* free at work I love nothing more than plugging into podcasts as I weld and make stuff. Today was one of those blissful days. Joe Rogan always has a diverse selection of guests to interview. I’m happy to listen to most but today when I clicked on the feed not only did Edward Norton’s name pop up but the legend that is Rich Baker The Monster Maker. All in all three and half hours of stories from the world of film. I was in my element.

Edward Norton gives a great insight into Marlon Brando. There’s some chat about Steven Seagal and Above The Law. He chats about his new movie he’s directing and starring in called Motherless Brooklyn. Breaking down of how they got to film a car chase with 1950s cars through the streets of New York City. Talks about the jazz infused soundtrack featuring Wynton Marsalis. Plus lots of anecdotes about directors like Spike Lee, Francis Ford Coppola etc and much much more.

Then you get two hours of the amazing Rick Baker. Joe and Rick chat the Creature from the Black Lagoon ( my review, I do wonder what I was smoking when I first started this blog!). The work of Lon ChaneyRay Harryhausen and other influences on his career. King Kong, Nosferatu, Clash Of The Titans, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and the canteen scene from Star Wars all get a discussed. We find out all about how Rick got started in the business and he is a pure delight to listen to with perfect stories. And of course An American Werewolf in London and it’s metamorphosis went into detail. You know what though I was surprised Rick didn’t remember and mention my input in the effects. I guess he was jealous I was off flirting with Jenny Agutter all the time?

Both these interviews are perfect for the movie fan. I’m sure you will enjoy them as much as I did.

Keep it filmy. All the best… Mikey Wolf

* (space invader) co-workers in my work space. Invading my space!


15 thoughts on “Joe Rogan At The Movies, Rick Baker Werewolf Stories & Edward Norton Film Set Tales

  1. Yes, but here’s the big question: if Edward Norton was in Podcast #1375, and Rick Baker in #1377…who was in #1376, and WHY DID YOU SKIP THEM?

    And I just checked out your ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ review…was that really the first one posted on your blog? It took me forever to figure out who Larry was!

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    • Haha I haven’t listen to the Artie Lang one yet. Guys been fighting his demons and lost most of his nose through drugs but the tough guy seems like he’s back doing well. He’s such a funny guy. If you didn’t already know he fights Will Ferrels Elf as “fake” Santa. Funny scene.

      Black Lagoon was about two months into my blog. The first 3 were Willard, ffolkes and Death Hunt.

      I did go off on one on some of my early reviews! Tried doing them from different angles. When I sent my script in for a new version of Creature From Black Lagoon focusing on “Larry” the creature’s point of view. You know what they said they also couldn’t figure out who Larry was and stamped the draft in big red letters “denied”. Back to the drawing board I went. I did a similar thing with “Frank” from Invaders From Mars. …. Yep I’m still taking the medication now.


      • I watched the Norton episode where he mentioned Brian Raftery’s new book “Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen” which I now want to read 🙂

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        • It’s fascinating that the year 1999 had such a boom. I heard many talk about it over the years. The Sopranos can get added to the films list too. Sounds like an excellent book. One for the ever expanding Santa list 🙂 . Note to self “one more month to be a good boy!”

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  2. I’m totally intrigued by the idea of these interviews but I can’t even imagine when I’d find the time to listen to them!! BUT if I were to choose one, it’d be Mr. Norton. I’ll bookmark this link and pray to the movie gods I get to it before it becomes defunct or closed or something.
    Meantime, who DIDN’T have a crush on Jenny Agutter? My spouse was definitely a fan and has reminded me of this like about two hundred thousand times.
    No idea about Artie Lange in Elf! That’s funny.
    Of course, Elf is one of my all-time favs, especially because of James Caan–omg, so great !!!

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    • I’m lucky that in my job I can usually squeeze a few hours of podcast in whilst I work. So I just listen to the audio rather than be able to watch them. Joe Rogan show is extremely popular so I don’t imagine the interviews will ever go away. For a rainy day sometime maybe.
      Haha your naughty fella reminding you about Jenny. Two hundred thousand times LOL. I’m sure you got a few in the can to throw back at him. 🙂
      Elf is fantastic. Sure to be digging that out again this year. Though I might introduce the kids to Bad Santa! (They are young adults now BTW just before you call child services hehe).

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  3. God, I wish I’d had you for a father, watching Bad Santa with me!! That would have been great.
    They SHOULD see it. That’s how the world actually is, isn’t it? Better get used to it, lol !!!

    What is it that you do again? I think I only have a vague idea about…..something creative….. having to do with movies, possibly………….?? 🙂

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    • Remembering back to some of the scenes did make me think if I am making the right decision. Hehe to honest there’s been worse toe curling moments when a really inappropriate scene you had completely forgotten about unfolds in front of you. LOL. Yeah your right they had better get used to real life…… Santa’s not real!!! LOL

      Well apart from running rampant in the moonlit midnight hours. I was a carpenter but now a vinyl welder for 10 years. No exciting movies I’m afraid but I do when the “space invader” leave me alone plug in my headphones for much of the day.
      Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

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  4. That’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard. If there’s reincarnation, I would love to work with my hands for a living. And being able to free the ears up to listen to a variety of things like music, interviews, maybe even audio books…….to me…….heaven. But you obviously have to be super excellent at what you do to be able to let your mind wander, ’cause that’s exacting work, like a “measure twice, cut once” kind of thing, right, where you could totally eff things up if you’re not careful. PROPS !!
    Nice weekend to you too
    🙂 🙂

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    • Haha you know it. “measure twice, cut once” that is exactly what I use. A mantra passed down to me from my father. Very rarely do I make a mistake but now that I just typed that, tomorrow is gonna be interesting!! LOL
      I can concentrate with music and interviews but I struggle to process audio books whilst trying not to cut my finger off!

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  5. Great post 🙂 I really enjoyed the Rick Baker interview 🙂 I bet you knew this already, but he did the makeup effects for the John Landis horror classic An American Werewolf in London and the Michael Jackson music video Thriller (which Landis also directed). Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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