On the Misconception CGI Takes Away from Makeup Effects: "Everyone goes, 'Ohhh, its all computers its all computers.' Its like, 'Yeah, but even the movies that have the most CGI and the biggest visual effects, they still need makeup effects.' All Robert Rodriguez movies we did all the 'Spy Kids' movies and even 'Sin City.' You know, 'Sin Citys' a big visual effects extravaganza. People dont go, 'Wait a minute. Mickey Rourkes in a makeup. Bruce Willis is in a makeup. Nick Stahls in a makeup.' You dont think about it because youre so busy watching the film. To me, thats a compliment because I dont want people pulled out of the film. I want them to be absorbed into it.
For this movie the real challenge was I wanted people every single shot to be looking at, 'Oh, that zombie looks different than that one. And that zombie looks different from that one,' so that they always feel like theyre looking at something different. So we never repeated the same makeup."
Creating Unique Zombies for "Land of the Dead:" "Its challenging. Its really challenging because there were even a few times when they were actually sending the same actors to us over and over again, so we had to make them look different. Its like the same guy that we saw five nights in a row or the stunt guy Id have to do different makeup. Wed put on a ball cap and wed like rip his ear off or bite his eye out, or give him real stringy long hair. And youd never know it was the same guy you saw the day before or the day after that or the day after that "
Having Zombies on the Brain: "You know when we were shooting this movie I dreamed about it every night. Ive known George Romero for almost 30 years. Hes been a family friend, a dear friend. To me, it was about doing a great job for George. Thats all I cared about. And the pressure was on. It was like for me, it was a lot of weight on my shoulders."
Nicotero's Opinion on Whether "Land of the Dead" Will Be Romero's Last Zombie Movie: "Ill tell you if this movie opens and its big, I would be surprised. George, after 20 years, has a lot to say. Hes said a lot."
On the 20 Year Gap Between Romero's Zombie Movies: "Well you know, George has been doing a lot of writing, and the climate changed. All of a sudden it was about young filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. And a lot of people forget that all these guys came out of the movie theaters watching Georges movies.
Tomorrow Im going to Pittsburgh because were premiering the movie there, and Im taking Quentin Tarantino with me. Im taking Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg from 'Shaun of the Dead' and were all going to celebrate George. To me thats really what its about. Its about a bunch of filmmakers that not only were influenced by him but were inspired by him when they were younger. And now theyre out making movies. Robert Rodriguez used to cut his own trailers for 'Dawn of the Dead' and send them to me because hes an editor. Its amazing."
On the Ongoing Fascination With Zombies: "You know what? Theres a primal fear of being eaten alive. Thats why a movie like 'Jaws' is always going to be huge. Theres just something about it that when you suddenly realize that there are things out there that could overpower you and consume you alive And the fact that its somebody that you love. Its like your best friend. One minute youre standing there talking to your best friend and a second later it turns."
The Scoop on "Sin City 2:" Nicotero will be reuniting with Rodriguez for the sequel to "Sin City" but wasn't positive exactly what he'd have to create makeup-wise. "I dont know how much stuff were doing yet. All I know is I got a phone call from Mickey Rourke saying, 'Hey you ready to do this again?' I said, 'Mick, absolutely.' I loved him. I loved Mickey. He was so great. Were great friends now. Hes not a big fan of sitting in the makeup chair so I had to sort of coerce him the first few times. Like, Mick, come on, weve got to do touch-ups. 'Cant you just do it out here?' 'No, sit down. Come on.'"