History Trivia / Aliens

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* TroubledProduction: Creator/JamesCameron didn't get along with the English film crew at all, who thought he was a poor substitute for Creator/RidleyScott and disliked him for the simple fact that he was American [actually Canadian] and not British (ironically, Scott himself would have similar problems when he didn't mesh with the American crew of 1982's ''Film/BladeRunner''). The crew was openly hostile to both Cameron and his then wife producer Gale Anne Hurd, whom they openly mocked by claiming she wasn't the real producer and only got the credit because she was married to Cameron. Creator/BillPaxton later said that British film crew drove Cameron nuts with their "indentured" work ethics, stopping filming just so they could have tea and the like; Michael Biehn made fun of the British crew in the audio commentary by saying that they "weren't used to working" (a remark he threw in when Paxton was talking about the "indentured" work ethics). Things eventually hit their breaking point when Cameron clashed with an uncooperative cameraman who refused to light the Alien nest the way Cameron wanted (Cameron wanted dark lighting to create an eerie atmosphere while the cameraman kept going with bright lighting to show off the intricacies of the set) and finally Cameron, fed up with the bad attitudes of his crew, yelled at the guy "YOU'RE FIRED!" and threw him off the set, which led to the crew walking out, requiring Gale Anne Hurd to coax them back once they had all cooled down. The film went over-schedule and over-budget, and James Horner had barely any time to throw his (very memorable) music score together - to the point that he swore to never work with Cameron again. He recanted later.

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* TroubledProduction: Creator/JamesCameron didn't get along with the English film crew at all, who thought he was a poor substitute for Creator/RidleyScott and disliked him for the simple fact that he was American [actually Canadian] and not British (ironically, Scott himself would have similar problems when he didn't mesh with the American crew of 1982's ''Film/BladeRunner''). The crew was openly hostile to both Cameron and his then wife producer Gale Anne Hurd, whom they openly mocked by claiming she wasn't the real producer and only got the credit because she was married to Cameron. Creator/BillPaxton later said that British film crew drove Cameron nuts with their "indentured" work ethics, stopping filming just so they could have tea and the like; Michael Biehn made fun of the British crew in the audio commentary by saying that they "weren't used to working" (a remark he threw in when Paxton was talking about the "indentured" work ethics). Things eventually hit their breaking point when Cameron clashed with an uncooperative cameraman who refused to light the Alien nest the way Cameron wanted (Cameron wanted dark lighting to create an eerie atmosphere while the cameraman kept going with bright lighting to show off the intricacies of the set) and finally Cameron, fed up with the bad attitudes of his crew, yelled at the guy "YOU'RE FIRED!" and threw him off the set, which led to the crew walking out, requiring Gale Anne Hurd to coax them back once they had all cooled down. The film went over-schedule and over-budget, and James Horner Music/JamesHorner had barely any time to throw his (very memorable) music score together - to the point that he swore to never work with Cameron again. He recanted later.



*** Instead of being taken to the Gateway Station, Ripley was taken to Earth Station Beta. - The name of the colony planet was Acheron, taken from the script of ''Film/{{Alien}}, instead of LV-426.

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*** Instead of being taken to the Gateway Station, Ripley was taken to Earth Station Beta. - The name of the colony planet was Acheron, taken from the script of ''Film/{{Alien}}, ''Film/{{Alien}}'', instead of LV-426.
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** This is the second James Cameron [[Film/TheTerminator film]] where Creator/MichaelBiehn is injured in the third act and the film's heroine has to help him walk as part of her AdrenalineMakeover. He also gets bitten on the hand in both those movies and his third Cameron collaboration - ''Film/TheAbyss''.

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** This is the second James Cameron Creator/JamesCameron [[Film/TheTerminator film]] where Creator/MichaelBiehn is injured in the third act and the film's heroine has to help him walk as part of her AdrenalineMakeover. He also gets bitten on the hand in both those movies and his third Cameron collaboration - ''Film/TheAbyss''.



** Cameron let the actors playing the Marines customise their costumes much like soldiers in Vietnam did to their combat gear. Bill Paxton wrote 'Louise' on his, as a dedication to his wife. Cynthia Dale Scott (Dietrich) wrote "Blue Angel" on the back of her helmet (as a ShoutOut to a film starring Marlene Dietrich). Jenette Goldstein wrote a Spanish phrase onto hers, translating as "the risk always survives". The exception was Michael Biehn, who was a late addition. He wasn't happy that his gear had a heart on it, because he felt it looked too much like a bullseye.
** Sigourney Weaver gave James Cameron several notes after reading the script - detailing how she thought Ripley would react to certain situations. Cameron was all too happy to listen to her ideas.
** Subverted in another case. Lance Henriksen wanted to wear double pupil contact lenses for the scene where Spunkmeyer gets creeped out by Bishop in the med lab. He came to set with the lenses but the director assured him he was creepy enough already.

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** Cameron Creator/JamesCameron let the actors playing the Marines customise their costumes much like soldiers in Vietnam did to their combat gear. Bill Paxton Creator/BillPaxton wrote 'Louise' on his, as a dedication to his wife. Cynthia Dale Scott (Dietrich) wrote "Blue Angel" on the back of her helmet (as a ShoutOut to a film starring Marlene Dietrich). Jenette Goldstein wrote a Spanish phrase onto hers, translating as "the risk always survives". The exception was Michael Biehn, Creator/MichaelBiehn, who was a late addition. He wasn't happy that his gear had a heart on it, because he felt it looked too much like a bullseye.
** Sigourney Weaver Creator/SigourneyWeaver gave James Cameron several notes after reading the script - detailing how she thought Ripley would react to certain situations. Cameron was all too happy to listen to her ideas.
** Subverted in another case. Lance Henriksen Creator/LanceHenriksen wanted to wear double pupil contact lenses for the scene where Spunkmeyer gets creeped out by Bishop in the med lab. He came to set with the lenses but the director assured him he was creepy enough already.



* AwesomeDearBoy: Sigourney Weaver had turned down offers to do sequels to ''Alien'' for years, afraid of {{Sequelitis}}. However once she saw the script - particularly the motherly bond between Ripley and Newt - she signed on immediately.

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* AwesomeDearBoy: Sigourney Weaver Creator/SigourneyWeaver had turned down offers to do sequels to ''Alien'' for years, afraid of {{Sequelitis}}. However once she saw the script - particularly the motherly bond between Ripley and Newt - she signed on immediately.



* CastingGag: Lance Henriksen as the synthetic Bishop is a nod to the fact that he was supposed to play the titular cyborg villain of ''Film/TheTerminator'' until Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was cast.
* CastTheExpert: For his Vietnam allegory, Cameron cast Al Matthews, an actual Vietnam veteran.

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* CastingGag: Lance Henriksen Creator/LanceHenriksen as the synthetic Bishop is a nod to the fact that he was supposed to play the titular cyborg villain of ''Film/TheTerminator'' until Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was cast.
* CastTheExpert: For his Vietnam allegory, Cameron Creator/JamesCameron cast Al Matthews, an actual Vietnam veteran.



* CreatorCameo: James Cameron's is the voice that speaks when the salvage crew finds Ripley at the start of the film.
* TheDanza: All the actors playing Marines (except Michael Biehn) used their real first names for their characters.

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* CreatorCameo: James Cameron's is the voice that speaks when the salvage crew finds Ripley at the start of the film.
* TheDanza: All the actors playing Marines (except Michael Biehn) Creator/MichaelBiehn) used their real first names for their characters.



* DyeingForYourArt: All the actors who played the Marines attended a two-week training session with S.A.S. officers, except Michael Biehn, who was a last-minute addition. The other main actors, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Paul Reiser, and William Hope, were deliberately excluded from training, to generate a sense of detachment between their characters and the Marines.

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* DyeingForYourArt: All the actors who played the Marines attended a two-week training session with S.A.S. officers, except Michael Biehn, Creator/MichaelBiehn, who was a last-minute addition. The other main actors, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Paul Reiser, and William Hope, were deliberately excluded from training, to generate a sense of detachment between their characters and the Marines.



** Bill Paxton was unaware that his hand would be used in the knife trick. His look of panic is real.

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** Bill Paxton Creator/BillPaxton was unaware that his hand would be used in the knife trick. His look of panic is real.



** Hudson is a bit of a cocky {{Jerkass}}. Bill Paxton repeatedly apologised to Carrie Henn for [[NotInFrontOfTheKid swearing in front of her]] during takes. She later admitted she didn't mind - since she had no idea what a lot of the curse words meant.

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** Hudson is a bit of a cocky {{Jerkass}}. Bill Paxton Creator/BillPaxton repeatedly apologised to Carrie Henn for [[NotInFrontOfTheKid swearing in front of her]] during takes. She later admitted she didn't mind - since she had no idea what a lot of the curse words meant.



* TheOtherMarty: James Remar was originally cast as Cpl. Hicks, but James Cameron had him replaced with Michael Biehn shortly after shooting began. A few shots of Remar, mostly from behind, still made it into the movie.

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* TheOtherMarty: James Remar was originally cast as Cpl. Hicks, but James Cameron Creator/JamesCameron had him replaced with Michael Biehn Creator/MichaelBiehn shortly after shooting began. A few shots of Remar, mostly from behind, still made it into the movie. The reason Remar was replaced was that he was arrested for drugs.



** Bishop for Creator/LanceHenriksen. Retroactively, yes; but this is so far the '''only''' character in Lance Henricksen's career who is a gentle, polite and kind sweetheart. ''Everyone'' else is at best a tired and burnt-out cynic, but as a rule heartless and violent monsters. Until he played the first [[Film/AVPAlienVsPredator Weyland]] years later.
** Michael Biehn later said that he almost never got to play heroic characters like Corporal Dwayne Hicks, saying that people who look at him must see something wicked in his eyes and assume there's something wrong with him. These days, he's arguably best remembered for playing heroes like Hicks and Kyle Reese in ''Film/TheTerminator'' for James Cameron.

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** Bishop for Creator/LanceHenriksen. Retroactively, yes; but this is so far the '''only''' character in Lance Henricksen's Creator/LanceHenricksen's career who is a gentle, polite and kind sweetheart. ''Everyone'' else is at best a tired and burnt-out cynic, but as a rule heartless and violent monsters. Until he played the first [[Film/AVPAlienVsPredator Weyland]] years later.
** Michael Biehn Creator/MichaelBiehn later said that he almost never got to play heroic characters like Corporal Dwayne Hicks, saying that people who look at him must see something wicked in his eyes and assume there's something wrong with him. These days, he's arguably best remembered for playing heroes like Hicks and Kyle Reese in ''Film/TheTerminator'' for James Cameron.Creator/JamesCameron.



* ProductionPosse: Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen are all James Cameron regulars. Jenette Goldstein joined Cameron's regulars starting here.

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* ProductionPosse: Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton Creator/MichaelBiehn, Creator/BillPaxton and Lance Henriksen Creator/LanceHenriksen are all James Cameron Creator/JamesCameron regulars. Jenette Goldstein joined Cameron's regulars starting here.



* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: James Remar was dropped from the film and replaced with Michael Biehn after getting busted for drug possession.
* RomanceOnTheSet: James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd married during production.

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* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: James Remar was dropped from the film and replaced with Michael Biehn Creator/MichaelBiehn after getting busted for drug possession.
* RomanceOnTheSet: James Cameron Creator/JamesCameron and Gale Ann Hurd married during production.



** As far as directors go, this and ''Film/TheTerminator'' made James Cameron a household name.
** Subverted with Michael Biehn. Despite well received roles in both those films, he wasn't launched onto anything bigger afterwards.

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** As far as directors go, this and ''Film/TheTerminator'' made James Cameron a household name.
** Subverted with Michael Biehn.Creator/MichaelBiehn. Despite well received roles in both those films, he wasn't launched onto anything bigger afterwards.



* TroubledProduction: Cameron didn't get along with the English film crew at all, who thought he was a poor substitute for Ridley Scott and disliked him for the simple fact that he was American [actually Canadian] and not British (ironically, Scott himself would have similar problems when he didn't mesh with the American crew of 1982's ''Film/BladeRunner''). The crew was openly hostile to both Cameron and his then wife producer Gale Anne Hurd, whom they openly mocked by claiming she wasn't the real producer and only got the credit because she was married to Cameron. Creator/BillPaxton later said that British film crew drove Cameron nuts with their "indentured" work ethics, stopping filming just so they could have tea and the like; Michael Biehn made fun of the British crew in the audio commentary by saying that they "weren't used to working" (a remark he threw in when Paxton was talking about the "indentured" work ethics). Things eventually hit their breaking point when Cameron clashed with an uncooperative cameraman who refused to light the Alien nest the way Cameron wanted (Cameron wanted dark lighting to create an eerie atmosphere while the cameraman kept going with bright lighting to show off the intricacies of the set) and finally Cameron, fed up with the bad attitudes of his crew, yelled at the guy "YOU'RE FIRED!" and threw him off the set, which led to the crew walking out, requiring Gale Anne Hurd to coax them back once they had all cooled down. The film went over-schedule and over-budget, and James Horner had barely any time to throw his (very memorable) music score together - to the point that he swore to never work with Cameron again. He recanted later.
* WagTheDirector: The special edition was a result of this. After Sigourney Weaver saw the finished cut (which deleted the subplot about Ripley's daughter), she threatened to never do another ''Alien'' film. Thus the edition was released.

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* TroubledProduction: Cameron Creator/JamesCameron didn't get along with the English film crew at all, who thought he was a poor substitute for Ridley Scott Creator/RidleyScott and disliked him for the simple fact that he was American [actually Canadian] and not British (ironically, Scott himself would have similar problems when he didn't mesh with the American crew of 1982's ''Film/BladeRunner''). The crew was openly hostile to both Cameron and his then wife producer Gale Anne Hurd, whom they openly mocked by claiming she wasn't the real producer and only got the credit because she was married to Cameron. Creator/BillPaxton later said that British film crew drove Cameron nuts with their "indentured" work ethics, stopping filming just so they could have tea and the like; Michael Biehn made fun of the British crew in the audio commentary by saying that they "weren't used to working" (a remark he threw in when Paxton was talking about the "indentured" work ethics). Things eventually hit their breaking point when Cameron clashed with an uncooperative cameraman who refused to light the Alien nest the way Cameron wanted (Cameron wanted dark lighting to create an eerie atmosphere while the cameraman kept going with bright lighting to show off the intricacies of the set) and finally Cameron, fed up with the bad attitudes of his crew, yelled at the guy "YOU'RE FIRED!" and threw him off the set, which led to the crew walking out, requiring Gale Anne Hurd to coax them back once they had all cooled down. The film went over-schedule and over-budget, and James Horner had barely any time to throw his (very memorable) music score together - to the point that he swore to never work with Cameron again. He recanted later.
* WagTheDirector: The special edition was a result of this. After Sigourney Weaver Creator/SigourneyWeaver saw the finished cut (which deleted the subplot about Ripley's daughter), she threatened to never do another ''Alien'' film. Thus the edition was released.



** Creator/StephenLang, who'd later work with Cameron on ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' had auditioned for Hicks. And funnily enough Michael Biehn was considered for his role in that, but turned down out of fear of making people think too much of this movie.

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** Creator/StephenLang, who'd later work with Cameron Creator/JamesCameron on ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' had auditioned for Hicks. And funnily enough Michael Biehn was considered for his role in that, but turned down out of fear of making people think too much of this movie.Carter Burke.



** Creator/JamesCameron's original script was very different from the final film:

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** Creator/JamesCameron's Cameron's original script was very different from the final film:



* WordOfGod: According to James Cameron, Drake and Vasquez are childhood friends who grew up in a slum together - and they're serving in the marines as an alternative to prison.

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* WordOfGod: According to James Cameron, Creator/JamesCameron, Drake and Vasquez are childhood friends who grew up in a slum together - and they're serving in the marines as an alternative to prison.
3rd Jul '16 10:04:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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. Carter Burke was absent, instead, his dialogue was given to someone named Dr. O'Niel, who did not join Ripley and the marines on their voyage to the colony planet.
. Instead of being taken to the Gateway Station, Ripley was taken to Earth Station Beta. - The name of the colony planet was Acheron, taken from the script of ''Film/{{Alien}}, instead of LV-426.
. Ripley's daughter was alive, and Ripley had a disheartening videophone conversation with her, where she blamed Ripley for abandoning her by going to space. - There were multiple atmospheric processors on the planet.
. The initial discovery of the aliens on the colony planet is much longer, where it is shown how Newt's father gets to the site of the eggs and is jumped by a facehugger.
. An additional scene involves a rescue team going to the site of the alien eggs and being jumped by tens of facehuggers.
. The aliens sting people to paralyze them before either killing or cocooning them.
. At one point Ripley, Newt and Hicks get cocooned. - The aliens cocooning people are a different breed. They look like smaller, albino versions of the warrior aliens.
. Bishop refuses to land on the planet and pick up Ripley, Hicks and Newt, indicating "the risk of contaminating other inhabited worlds is too great." Ripley ends up using the colonists' shuttle to get back to the Sulaco. Bishop tells her: "You were right about me all along."

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. *** Carter Burke was absent, instead, his dialogue was given to someone named Dr. O'Niel, who did not join Ripley and the marines on their voyage to the colony planet. \n.
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Instead of being taken to the Gateway Station, Ripley was taken to Earth Station Beta. - The name of the colony planet was Acheron, taken from the script of ''Film/{{Alien}}, instead of LV-426. \n.
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Ripley's daughter was alive, and Ripley had a disheartening videophone conversation with her, where she blamed Ripley for abandoning her by going to space. - space.
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There were multiple atmospheric processors on the planet.
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planet.
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The initial discovery of the aliens on the colony planet is much longer, where it is shown how Newt's father gets to the site of the eggs and is jumped by a facehugger.
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facehugger.
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An additional scene involves a rescue team going to the site of the alien eggs and being jumped by tens of facehuggers.
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facehuggers.
***
The aliens sting people to paralyze them before either killing or cocooning them.
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them.
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At one point Ripley, Newt and Hicks get cocooned. - The aliens cocooning people are a different breed. They look like smaller, albino versions of the warrior aliens. \n.
***
Bishop refuses to land on the planet and pick up Ripley, Hicks and Newt, indicating "the risk of contaminating other inhabited worlds is too great." Ripley ends up using the colonists' shuttle to get back to the Sulaco. Bishop tells her: "You were right about me all along."
3rd Jul '16 10:03:41 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Bishop's little knife trick wasn't in the script. According to Lance Henriksen, it was discussed amongst everyone except Bill Paxton.
* TroubledProduction: Cameron didn't get along with the English film crew at all, who thought he was a poor substitute for Ridley Scott and disliked him for the simple fact that he was American [actually Canadian] and not British (ironically, Scott himself would have similar problems when he didn't mesh with the American crew of 1982's ''Film/BladeRunner''). The crew was openly hostile to both Cameron and his then wife producer Gale Anne Hurd, whom they openly mocked by claiming she wasn't the real producer and only got the credit because she was married to Cameron. Actor Bill Paxton later said that British film crew drove Cameron nuts with their "indentured" work ethics, stopping filming just so they could have tea and the like; Michael Biehn made fun of the British crew in the audio commentary by saying that they "weren't used to working" (a remark he threw in when Paxton was talking about the "indentured" work ethics). Things eventually hit their breaking point when Cameron clashed with an uncooperative cameraman who refused to light the Alien nest the way Cameron wanted (Cameron wanted dark lighting to create an eerie atmosphere while the cameraman kept going with bright lighting to show off the intricacies of the set) and finally Cameron, fed up with the bad attitudes of his crew, yelled at the guy "YOU'RE FIRED!" and threw him off the set, which led to the crew walking out, requiring Gale Anne Hurd to coax them back once they had all cooled down. The film went over-schedule and over-budget, and James Horner had barely any time to throw his (very memorable) music score together - to the point that he swore to never work with Cameron again. He recanted later.

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** Bishop's little knife trick wasn't in the script. According to Lance Henriksen, Creator/LanceHenriksen, it was discussed amongst everyone except Bill Paxton.Creator/BillPaxton.
* TroubledProduction: Cameron didn't get along with the English film crew at all, who thought he was a poor substitute for Ridley Scott and disliked him for the simple fact that he was American [actually Canadian] and not British (ironically, Scott himself would have similar problems when he didn't mesh with the American crew of 1982's ''Film/BladeRunner''). The crew was openly hostile to both Cameron and his then wife producer Gale Anne Hurd, whom they openly mocked by claiming she wasn't the real producer and only got the credit because she was married to Cameron. Actor Bill Paxton Creator/BillPaxton later said that British film crew drove Cameron nuts with their "indentured" work ethics, stopping filming just so they could have tea and the like; Michael Biehn made fun of the British crew in the audio commentary by saying that they "weren't used to working" (a remark he threw in when Paxton was talking about the "indentured" work ethics). Things eventually hit their breaking point when Cameron clashed with an uncooperative cameraman who refused to light the Alien nest the way Cameron wanted (Cameron wanted dark lighting to create an eerie atmosphere while the cameraman kept going with bright lighting to show off the intricacies of the set) and finally Cameron, fed up with the bad attitudes of his crew, yelled at the guy "YOU'RE FIRED!" and threw him off the set, which led to the crew walking out, requiring Gale Anne Hurd to coax them back once they had all cooled down. The film went over-schedule and over-budget, and James Horner had barely any time to throw his (very memorable) music score together - to the point that he swore to never work with Cameron again. He recanted later.



** Early on, Sigourney Weaver was still reluctant to do a sequel. The studio asked Cameron to develop an alternate plot excluding Ripley - just in case Weaver didn't sign on. Cameron refused, on the basis that the series is all about her.
** The initial draft of the script didn't feature Carter Burke. His dialogue would have been given to someone called Dr O'Neil - who would not have gone with the Marines. Ripley's daughter would also have still been alive - and had a heart-breaking conversation over the phone where she yelled at her mother for abandoning her. There would have been a separate set of aliens to do the cocooning - and Ripley, Hicks ''and'' Newt would have been cocooned. Additionally Bishop was far less heroic - refusing to pick them up because of the risk of contamination.

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** Early on, Sigourney Weaver Creator/SigourneyWeaver was still reluctant to do a sequel. The studio asked Cameron to develop an alternate plot excluding Ripley - just in case Weaver didn't sign on. Cameron refused, on the basis that the series is all about her.
** The initial draft of the Creator/JamesCameron's original script didn't feature was very different from the final film:
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Carter Burke. His Burke was absent, instead, his dialogue would have been was given to someone called Dr O'Neil - named Dr. O'Niel, who would did not have gone with join Ripley and the Marines. marines on their voyage to the colony planet.
. Instead of being taken to the Gateway Station, Ripley was taken to Earth Station Beta. - The name of the colony planet was Acheron, taken from the script of ''Film/{{Alien}}, instead of LV-426.
.
Ripley's daughter would also have still been alive - was alive, and Ripley had a heart-breaking disheartening videophone conversation over the phone with her, where she yelled at her mother blamed Ripley for abandoning her. her by going to space. - There would have been a separate set were multiple atmospheric processors on the planet.
. The initial discovery
of the aliens to do on the colony planet is much longer, where it is shown how Newt's father gets to the site of the eggs and is jumped by a facehugger.
. An additional scene involves a rescue team going to the site of the alien eggs and being jumped by tens of facehuggers.
. The aliens sting people to paralyze them before either killing or
cocooning - them.
. At one point Ripley, Newt
and Hicks get cocooned. - The aliens cocooning people are a different breed. They look like smaller, albino versions of the warrior aliens.
. Bishop refuses to land on the planet and pick up
Ripley, Hicks ''and'' Newt would have been cocooned. Additionally Bishop was far less heroic - refusing to pick them up because of the and Newt, indicating "the risk of contamination. contaminating other inhabited worlds is too great." Ripley ends up using the colonists' shuttle to get back to the Sulaco. Bishop tells her: "You were right about me all along."
8th May '16 11:36:12 PM erforce
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** This is the second James Cameron [[Film/TheTerminator film]] where Michael Biehn is injured in the third act and the film's heroine has to help him walk as part of her AdrenalineMakeover. He also gets bitten on the hand in both those movies and his third Cameron collaboration - ''Film/TheAbyss''.

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** This is the second James Cameron [[Film/TheTerminator film]] where Michael Biehn Creator/MichaelBiehn is injured in the third act and the film's heroine has to help him walk as part of her AdrenalineMakeover. He also gets bitten on the hand in both those movies and his third Cameron collaboration - ''Film/TheAbyss''.



* BTeamSequel: To Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Alien}}''. Hard as it is to imagine now, Creator/JamesCameron was a newcomer when he was tapped for this film; ''Film/{{Terminator}}'' was finished but not yet released, meaning he couldn't even point to that as a successful project yet.

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* BTeamSequel: To Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Alien}}''. Hard as it is to imagine now, Creator/JamesCameron was a newcomer when he was tapped for this film; ''Film/{{Terminator}}'' ''Film/TheTerminator'' was finished but not yet released, meaning he couldn't even point to that as a successful project yet.
23rd Apr '16 9:39:00 PM aye_amber
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* TroubledProduction: Cameron didn't get along with the English film crew at all, who thought he was a poor substitute for Ridley Scott and disliked him for the simple fact that he was American [actually Canadian] and not British (ironically, Scott himself would have similar problems when he didn't mesh with the American crew of 1982's ''BladeRunner''). The crew was openly hostile to both Cameron and his then wife producer Gale Anne Hurd, whom they openly mocked by claiming she wasn't the real producer and only got the credit because she was married to Cameron. Actor Bill Paxton later said that British film crew drove Cameron nuts with their "indentured" work ethics, stopping filming just so they could have tea and the like; Michael Biehn made fun of the British crew in the audio commentary by saying that they "weren't used to working" (a remark he threw in when Paxton was talking about the "indentured" work ethics). Things eventually hit their breaking point when Cameron clashed with an uncooperative cameraman who refused to light the Alien nest the way Cameron wanted (Cameron wanted dark lighting to create an eerie atmosphere while the cameraman kept going with bright lighting to show off the intricacies of the set) and finally Cameron, fed up with the bad attitudes of his crew, yelled at the guy "YOU'RE FIRED!" and threw him off the set, which led to the crew walking out, requiring Gale Anne Hurd to coax them back once they had all cooled down. The film went over-schedule and over-budget, and James Horner had barely any time to throw his (very memorable) music score together - to the point that he swore to never work with Cameron again. He recanted later.

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* TroubledProduction: Cameron didn't get along with the English film crew at all, who thought he was a poor substitute for Ridley Scott and disliked him for the simple fact that he was American [actually Canadian] and not British (ironically, Scott himself would have similar problems when he didn't mesh with the American crew of 1982's ''BladeRunner'').''Film/BladeRunner''). The crew was openly hostile to both Cameron and his then wife producer Gale Anne Hurd, whom they openly mocked by claiming she wasn't the real producer and only got the credit because she was married to Cameron. Actor Bill Paxton later said that British film crew drove Cameron nuts with their "indentured" work ethics, stopping filming just so they could have tea and the like; Michael Biehn made fun of the British crew in the audio commentary by saying that they "weren't used to working" (a remark he threw in when Paxton was talking about the "indentured" work ethics). Things eventually hit their breaking point when Cameron clashed with an uncooperative cameraman who refused to light the Alien nest the way Cameron wanted (Cameron wanted dark lighting to create an eerie atmosphere while the cameraman kept going with bright lighting to show off the intricacies of the set) and finally Cameron, fed up with the bad attitudes of his crew, yelled at the guy "YOU'RE FIRED!" and threw him off the set, which led to the crew walking out, requiring Gale Anne Hurd to coax them back once they had all cooled down. The film went over-schedule and over-budget, and James Horner had barely any time to throw his (very memorable) music score together - to the point that he swore to never work with Cameron again. He recanted later.
7th Apr '16 9:24:29 AM Morgenthaler
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** Michael Biehn later said that he almost never got to play heroic characters like Corporal Dwayne Hicks, saying that people who look at him must see something wicked in his eyes and assume there's something wrong with him. These days, he's arguably best remembered for playing heroes like Hicks and Kyle Reese in ''TheTerminator'' for James Cameron.

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** Michael Biehn later said that he almost never got to play heroic characters like Corporal Dwayne Hicks, saying that people who look at him must see something wicked in his eyes and assume there's something wrong with him. These days, he's arguably best remembered for playing heroes like Hicks and Kyle Reese in ''TheTerminator'' ''Film/TheTerminator'' for James Cameron.
26th Mar '16 4:07:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGun:
** The M41 Pulse Rifles were dolled up M1 Thompson sub-machine guns from World War 2 with a sawed off Remmington 870 pump shotgun attached as the "grenade launcher".
** The "smart gun" support weapons were German MG 42 machine guns attached to steadycam mounts.
17th Mar '16 6:28:59 PM Prfnoff
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** If you thought [[Series/RedDwarf Captain Hollister's]] last job sucked, you ain't seen nothing yet.
** Kyle Reese from ''TheTerminator'' is the film's supporting hero and he has to help Ripley boss around one of the punks who gets killed by ArnoldSchwarzenegger in that film, while Lt. Vukovich is the "artificial person".
** Paul from ''Mad About You'' is the CorruptCorporateExecutive!
** John Connor's less than ideal foster mom from ''Terminator 2: Judgment Day'' is one of the Marines!
** Drake, another one of the marines, is [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption Bogs Diamond]].



* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Lt. Gormon (William Hope) is [[ThomasTheTankEngine Edward the Blue Engine]]!
** [[Creator/MarkRolston Pvt. Drake]] wanted [[VideoGame/{{Halo 4}} the Master Chief to SURRENDER THAT AI!]]
*** He was also [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Deathstroke]].
28th Feb '16 11:42:59 AM fearlessnikki
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* ActorAllusion: Jenette Goldstein (who played Private Vasquez) originally thought ''Aliens'' was going to be a drama about immigration and showed up to audition wearing short skirt and high heels. This incident was directly referred to in a crack Hudson makes about Vasquez during the briefing.

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Jenette Goldstein (who played Private Vasquez) originally thought ''Aliens'' was going to be a drama about immigration and showed up to audition wearing short skirt and high heels. This incident was directly referred to in a crack Hudson makes about Vasquez during the briefing.



* ActorInspiredElement: Cameron let the actors playing the Marines customise their costumes much like soldiers in Vietnam did to their combat gear. Bill Paxton wrote 'Louise' on his, as a dedication to his wife. Cynthia Dale Scott (Dietrich) wrote "Blue Angel" on the back of her helmet (as a ShoutOut to a film starring Marlene Dietrich). Jenette Goldstein wrote a Spanish phrase onto hers, translating as "the risk always survives". The exception was Michael Biehn, who was a late addition. He wasn't happy that his gear had a heart on it.

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** This is the second James Cameron [[Film/TheTerminator film]] where Michael Biehn is injured in the third act and the film's heroine has to help him walk as part of her AdrenalineMakeover. He also gets bitten on the hand in both those movies and his third Cameron collaboration - ''Film/TheAbyss''.
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Cameron let the actors playing the Marines customise their costumes much like soldiers in Vietnam did to their combat gear. Bill Paxton wrote 'Louise' on his, as a dedication to his wife. Cynthia Dale Scott (Dietrich) wrote "Blue Angel" on the back of her helmet (as a ShoutOut to a film starring Marlene Dietrich). Jenette Goldstein wrote a Spanish phrase onto hers, translating as "the risk always survives". The exception was Michael Biehn, who was a late addition. He wasn't happy that his gear had a heart on it.it, because he felt it looked too much like a bullseye.
** Sigourney Weaver gave James Cameron several notes after reading the script - detailing how she thought Ripley would react to certain situations. Cameron was all too happy to listen to her ideas.
** Subverted in another case. Lance Henriksen wanted to wear double pupil contact lenses for the scene where Spunkmeyer gets creeped out by Bishop in the med lab. He came to set with the lenses but the director assured him he was creepy enough already.



* EnforcedMethodActing: The scenes on board the Sulaco were filmed last, so that the actors playing the Colonial Marines would have had time to build up a realistic rapport with one another over the course of shooting.

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The scenes on board the Sulaco were filmed last, so that the actors playing the Colonial Marines would have had time to build up a realistic rapport with one another over the course of shooting.


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* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: James Remar was dropped from the film and replaced with Michael Biehn after getting busted for drug possession.


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* StarMakingRole:
** As far as directors go, this and ''Film/TheTerminator'' made James Cameron a household name.
** Subverted with Michael Biehn. Despite well received roles in both those films, he wasn't launched onto anything bigger afterwards.


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* WordOfGod: According to James Cameron, Drake and Vasquez are childhood friends who grew up in a slum together - and they're serving in the marines as an alternative to prison.
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