History Trivia / Alien

26th Aug '16 8:30:28 AM MrNickelodeon
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** The franchise nearly got a Disney theme park ride at Tomorrowland involving a Xenomorph being accidentally released into a confined spaceship with the guests. Due to some of the management not wanting to associate with an R-rated movie (a movie they've since gone back on), changes were made at the last minute to create "Alien Encounter: Extra-TERROR-estrial", such as using an original species that was a vague Xenomorph expy.

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** The Of all the places, the Ride/DisneyThemeParks intended to make the franchise nearly got into a Disney theme park ride at Tomorrowland involving a Xenomorph being accidentally released into a confined spaceship with the guests. Due to some of the management not wanting to associate with an R-rated movie (a movie they've since gone back on), changes were made at the last minute to create "Alien Encounter: Extra-TERROR-estrial", ''[[Ride/AlienEncounter The [=ExtraTERRORestrial=] Alien Encounter]]'', such as using an original species that was a vague Xenomorph expy. Another idea that had also been considered was a LightGunGame ride where guests would take aim at Xenomorphs invading a spaceship, but this too never came to be. ''Alien'' was finally able to make it into the Disney parks in 1989, when it was included among the many scenes of ''Ride/TheGreatMovieRide'' at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
24th Aug '16 11:47:26 PM rjung
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** Production itself was relatively smooth, the main problems being friction between the producers and screenwriter Dan O'Bannon (who didn't like that Hill had rewritten the screenplay to have more gritty and realistic dialogue), and the visual effects team being sorely under-funded and under-equipped, which resulted in cinematographer Derek Vanlint having to gather up all his lighting equipment and lend it to the VFX team at the end of each day. Additionally, Music/JerryGoldsmith composed a substantial amount of music for the film, only for Scott to throw most of it out and have the finished product largely unscored while replacing some of the music with a Howard Hanson composition and tracking in Goldsmith's music from ''Film/Freud'', enraging Goldsmith and resulting in the two not working together again until ''Film/Legend (where the music was also screwed with).

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** Production itself was relatively smooth, the main problems being friction between the producers and screenwriter Dan O'Bannon (who didn't like that Hill had rewritten the screenplay to have more gritty and realistic dialogue), and the visual effects team being sorely under-funded and under-equipped, which resulted in cinematographer Derek Vanlint having to gather up all his lighting equipment and lend it to the VFX team at the end of each day. Additionally, Music/JerryGoldsmith composed a substantial amount of music for the film, only for Scott to throw most of it out and have the finished product largely unscored while replacing some of the music with a Howard Hanson composition and tracking in Goldsmith's music from ''Film/Freud'', ''Film/{{Freud}}'', enraging Goldsmith and resulting in the two not working together again until ''Film/Legend ''Film/{{Legend}}'' (where the music was also screwed with).
17th Jul '16 5:49:03 PM missmoon
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* OneBookAuthor: An acting variant. Bolaji Badejo, the guy in the Alien suit, apparently vanished into thin air after completing the 1979 film. Although considering he was found in a pub and only hired because he was massive and very thin, this is understandable. A 2016 CNN article revealed that after filming, he [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/07/africa/bolaji-badejo-alien/ just simply returned to normal life]] in his hometown of Lagos and ran an art gallery there before passing away in 1992.

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* OneBookAuthor: An acting variant. Bolaji Badejo, the guy in the Alien suit, apparently vanished into thin air after completing the 1979 film. Although considering he was found in a pub and only hired because he was massive and very thin, this is understandable. A 2016 CNN article revealed that after filming, he [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/07/africa/bolaji-badejo-alien/ just simply returned to normal life]] in his hometown of Lagos and ran an art gallery there before passing away from complications of sickle cell anemia in 1992.
17th Jul '16 5:41:16 PM missmoon
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* OneBookAuthor: An acting variant. Bolaji Badejo, the guy in the Alien suit, apparently vanished into thin air after completing the 1979 film. Although considering he was found in a pub and only hired because he was massive and very thin, this is understandable.

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* OneBookAuthor: An acting variant. Bolaji Badejo, the guy in the Alien suit, apparently vanished into thin air after completing the 1979 film. Although considering he was found in a pub and only hired because he was massive and very thin, this is understandable. A 2016 CNN article revealed that after filming, he [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/07/africa/bolaji-badejo-alien/ just simply returned to normal life]] in his hometown of Lagos and ran an art gallery there before passing away in 1992.
6th Jul '16 2:56:45 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Cartwright ''really'' slapped Sigourney Weaver. That wasn't just a sound effect, and Weaver's recoil and look of shock is genuine. According to the actress in the DVD commentary, she was fed up with Sigourney, who at that point had acted only on the stage and so was not used to pretending to get hit, instinctively flinching away from the slap and so, after numerous failed takes, faked the first slap and then properly hit her when she flinched.
** Director Creator/RidleyScott placed a veiled cage with a German Shepherd in front of Jones the Cat, and unveiled it when he shouted "Action!!" Hence when The Alien rose up behind Brett like a phallic gargoyle, the menacing hissing of fear from the poor kitty cat was ''real.''

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** Cartwright ''really'' slapped Sigourney Weaver.Creator/SigourneyWeaver. That wasn't just a sound effect, and Weaver's recoil and look of shock is genuine. According to the actress in the DVD commentary, she was fed up with Sigourney, who at that point had acted only on the stage and so was not used to pretending to get hit, instinctively flinching away from the slap and so, after numerous failed takes, faked the first slap and then properly hit her when she flinched.
** Director Creator/RidleyScott placed a veiled cage with a German Shepherd in front of Jones the Cat, and unveiled it when he shouted "Action!!" Hence when The Alien rose up behind Brett like a phallic gargoyle, the menacing hissing of fear from the poor kitty cat was ''real.''


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* TroubledProduction: It had a smoother production than most of its sequels, but not an entirely trouble-free one. Most of the problems that did occur were in pre-production, firstly when the producers were having trouble finding a studio to back the film, and then when looking for a director. They were initially keen to hire Robert Aldrich, but when they actually met him, they were dismayed to find that he didn't give a shit at all about their vision and was just looking for a quick paycheck. Several more directors passed on the project, and producer Walter Hill considered directing it himself before a sample of Creator/RidleyScott's work just happened to pass his desk.
** Production itself was relatively smooth, the main problems being friction between the producers and screenwriter Dan O'Bannon (who didn't like that Hill had rewritten the screenplay to have more gritty and realistic dialogue), and the visual effects team being sorely under-funded and under-equipped, which resulted in cinematographer Derek Vanlint having to gather up all his lighting equipment and lend it to the VFX team at the end of each day. Additionally, Music/JerryGoldsmith composed a substantial amount of music for the film, only for Scott to throw most of it out and have the finished product largely unscored while replacing some of the music with a Howard Hanson composition and tracking in Goldsmith's music from ''Film/Freud'', enraging Goldsmith and resulting in the two not working together again until ''Film/Legend (where the music was also screwed with).
3rd Jul '16 9:56:13 PM Arawn999
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* GenderFlip: Ripley was originally a man.

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* GenderFlip: Ripley was originally written so that the character could be played by either a woman or a man.
3rd Jul '16 9:55:03 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* GenderFlip: Ripley was originally a man.



* TheOtherMarty: Actor Jon Finch had been cast in the role of Kane, but had fallen very ill due to his diabetes and was replaced by John Hurt.

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* TheOtherMarty: Actor Jon Finch had been cast in the role of Kane, but had fallen very ill due to his diabetes and was replaced by John Hurt.Creator/JohnHurt.


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** When it came to casting Ripley, Creator/RidleyScott had to choose between Creator/SigourneyWeaver or Creator/MerylStreep.


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** Related to the above example, there were talks of a lesbian relationship between Ripley and Lambert.
29th Apr '16 3:11:27 PM Arawn999
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* FlipFlopOfGod: Whether the 3rd and 4th films are canon. In 2014, the ''Literature/AlienOutOfTheShadows'' trilogy of novels was officially recognized by Fox as canon to the ContinuityReboot of the franchise, but when the author of the second novel was going to disregard ''3'' and ''Resurrection'', they made him include references to them.

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* FlipFlopOfGod: Whether the 3rd and 4th films are canon. In 2014, the ''Literature/AlienOutOfTheShadows'' trilogy of novels was officially recognized by Fox as canon to the ContinuityReboot of the franchise, but when the author of the second novel was going to disregard ''3'' and ''Resurrection'', they made him include references to them. In a 2016 interview Sigourney Weaver said that ''Alien 5'' is set in an AlternateUniverse that "[runs] parallel" to the 3rd and 4th films, where Newt and Hicks survived.



* GodNeverSaidThat: After Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver made ambiguous comments about the fifth film being a followup to the second movie in early 2015, sites began reporting that that the fifth movie was going to finally decanonize the controversial ''3'' and ''Resurrection''ólong regarded as FanonDiscontinuity by many fans. Blomkamp eventually had to come out and clarify that his statements had been taken out of context, and that the 3rd and 4th films were still canon.
** And yet the released concept art for the film features [[spoiler: an older Ripley, an alive but scarred Hicks, and an adult Newt]] so who the hell knows at this point.

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* GodNeverSaidThat: After Neill Blomkamp and Sigourney Weaver made ambiguous comments about the fifth film being a followup to the second movie in early 2015, sites began reporting that that the fifth movie was going to finally decanonize the controversial ''3'' and ''Resurrection''ólong regarded as FanonDiscontinuity by many fans. Blomkamp eventually had to come out and clarify that his statements had been taken out of context, and that the 3rd and 4th films were still canon.
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canon. Concept art of an adult Newt [[FlipFlopOfGod makes the validity of that statement questionable]].
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And yet the released concept art for the film features [[spoiler: an older Ripley, an alive but scarred Hicks, and an adult Newt]] so who the hell knows at this point.
29th Apr '16 1:42:40 PM bloodhawk268
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** And yet the released concept art for the film features [[SpoilerTag an older Ripley, an alive but scarred Hicks, and an adult Newt]] so who the hell knows at this point.

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** And yet the released concept art for the film features [[SpoilerTag [[spoiler: an older Ripley, an alive but scarred Hicks, and an adult Newt]] so who the hell knows at this point.
29th Apr '16 1:41:47 PM bloodhawk268
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**And yet the released concept art for the film features [[SpoilerTag an older Ripley, an alive but scarred Hicks, and an adult Newt]] so who the hell knows at this point.
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