Rue Morgue Podcast


on January 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

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It’s the conclusion of my interview with the irrepressible special effects make-up pioneer, Gordon Smith.

On this episode, Gordon shares his war stories on X-Men, Splice, Mimic and working with Oliver Stone on such epics as Salvador, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and Nixon.

Note: Wanna tip for getting incredibly honest interviews from your subject? Wait until they retire from the industry!

You can listen to part one of Gordon’s interview here:

An exhibit of Smith’s work is currently showing at Tiff’s Canadian Film Gallery entitled X-MEN MASTER: GORDON SMITH. The exhibit runs until March 31st.



Here’s some pictures I took of Gordon’s former studio:

Heads from JACOB’S LADDER, sculpted by reknowned artist Evan Penny.

The Rat creature from GRAVEYARD SHIFT.

Wolverine from X-MEN. Notice the realistic flesh tone. There’s no make-up on this prosthetic. It’s intrinsically coloured using a silicone-based process developed by Gordon Smith and his team. Unlike latex based prosthetics, this will not lose its colour over time.

Long John from MIMIC.

Puppety Guy from DEAD RINGERS.


Corpses from PLATOON.

Gordon Smith with the full-body prosthetic for Mystique from X-MEN.

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One Response to Episode 101: GORDON SMITH VOL. II

  1. owen garth says:

    This is one hell of an interview. Going with me on my next road trip for sure (along with the latest George Romero interview.)

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