Total Recall: The Best of Stan Winston
We take a look back at the celebrated career of Hollywood's beloved creature artist.
Iron Man (2008, 93 percent)
When the adaptation of Iron Man was first announced, Marvel Comics fans eagerly anticipated the design of Tony Stark's super suit. Winston, a big fan of the original comics, was tasked with the job, and he delivered, creating rubber and metal versions of the Iron Man suits, as well as an eight-foot, 800-lb. animatronic version of Stark's nemesis, Iron Monger. Though Winston's untimely passing is deeply sad, he went out on top of his game; Iron Man is the best-reviewed wide release of 2008 so far.
"[Director Jon] Favreau has turned what might have been just another comic strip formulation into a completely engaging amalgam of storytelling, romance, performance, acrobatics and organically motivated effects," wrote Jules Brenner of Cinema Signals.
Winston's credits by no means end there. His effects work also includes End of Days and Galaxy Quest, and The Wiz, The Thing,Friday the 13th Part III, and Constantine partially comprise his makeup contributions. He was also working on two forthcoming films at the time of his death: Speed Demon and Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Here's a clip from one of Winston's earliest efforts, the made-for-TV film Gargoyles:
And, finally, here's a clip of NBA all-star Steve Nash on a tour of Winston's studios: