The Baron Harkonnen
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The Baron's costume, weighing one hundred pounds, was design by Bob Ringwood, made mostly out of thin canvas and strong rubber (colostomy bags). The 'fat-suit' was divided into pockets which were filled with a silicone gel to provide a fleshy movement. It took Kenneth McMillan 90 minutes to get into the suit, and a further 3 hours for the Baron's make-up. Two suits were created, one of which contain a water cooling system developed by NASA.
McMillan models his fat suit for director Lynch. Conceived by costume designer Bob Ringwood, the canvas and rubber suit was filled with silicone gel to impart an authentic sense of fleshiness.
Flying unit supervisor John Stirber lends a steadying hand as his aerial wire rig lifts McMillan off the floor.
Although the majority of the flying scenes were rigged and photographed on the Giedi Prime sets, the finale required an elaborate tumbling mechanism and was photographed against a blue screen.
The Baron, laughing manically, flies through the air, thanks to an elaborate overhead tracking system.