Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Another Monster Free Agent Signing by God

Three weeks ago George Carlin got sent up from the minors that was his earthly vessel. Today, we bid adieu to another captain of excellence: Stan Winston.

Unlike Carlin, whose face and voice were unmistakable to fans and imbeciles alike, Winston's actions spoke demonstrably louder than his words. And by actions, I mean monsters.

As Hollywood's leading special effects and makeup supervisor during the past quarter-century, Stan Winston was singlehandedly responsible for the on-screen appearances of the Terminator, the Predator, the Alien Queen, Edward Scissorhands, and the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park. Basically, Stan Winston invented every Halloween costume and action figure ever.

He died today of multiple myeloma at the not-even-senior-discount age of 62. According to Wikipedia, one of the symptoms of MM is severe pain in the spine and ribs and renal failure. I'd like to imagine Winston built himself some sort of extraterrestrial battle suit with automatic dialysis to ward off pain and discomfort in his final weeks.

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