History Trivia / Predator

29th May '18 11:28:13 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* CastTheExpert: Wrestling/JesseVentura was a former Navy UDT (Underwater Demolition Team, the percurors of the SEALs), while Richard Chaves was a Vietnam veteran.

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* CastTheExpert: Wrestling/JesseVentura was a former Navy UDT (Underwater Demolition Team, the percurors percursors of the SEALs), SEAL teams), while Richard Chaves was a Vietnam veteran.
29th May '18 11:27:47 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* CastTheExpert: Wrestling/JesseVentura was a former Navy SEAL, while Richard Chaves was a Vietnam veteran.

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* CastTheExpert: Wrestling/JesseVentura was a former Navy SEAL, UDT (Underwater Demolition Team, the percurors of the SEALs), while Richard Chaves was a Vietnam veteran.
24th May '18 6:25:15 AM MaulMachine
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** ShoulderCannon
15th May '18 8:36:15 PM hopeshalllive
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* BasedOnADream: Writer Jim Thomas admitted that the Predator's cloaking was inspired by his dreams of an invisible man.
24th Feb '18 10:34:46 AM nombretomado
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** Fans of Creator/AlanSilvestri could have had a ''legal'' soundtrack release (there was a bootleg) long before there actually was one - Fox had intended to release an album paired with Music/MichaelKamen's work for the first ''Film/DieHard'' in 1993 as part of Fox Records' series of releases. Unfortunately it and several other planned albums never surfaced (nor did a ''Predator'' soundtrack arrive until 2003, courtesy of Creator/VareseSarabande).

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** Fans of Creator/AlanSilvestri Music/AlanSilvestri could have had a ''legal'' soundtrack release (there was a bootleg) long before there actually was one - Fox had intended to release an album paired with Music/MichaelKamen's work for the first ''Film/DieHard'' in 1993 as part of Fox Records' series of releases. Unfortunately it and several other planned albums never surfaced (nor did a ''Predator'' soundtrack arrive until 2003, courtesy of Creator/VareseSarabande).
28th Dec '17 8:16:50 AM Pinokio
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* TheWikiRule: [[http://avp.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Xenopedia]] has information on ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'', and ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator''.
16th Sep '17 3:44:34 PM ClintEastwood
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* AwesomeDearBoy: Creator/PeterCullen was reluctant to take the job of voicing the Predator, as he injured his throat playing the title character of ''Film/KingKong1976'', but eventually accepted, after seeing a picture of the unmasked creature.
* CastTheExpert: Wrestling/JesseVentura was a former Navy SEAL, while Richard Chaves was a Vietnam veteran.



* ExecutiveMeddling: The studio sent a memo that there should be more gunshots in the film. This led to [=McTiernan=] adding the scene where the team panics and pumps hundreds of rounds into empty jungle.

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* DawsonCasting: Creator/JohnMcTiernan admitted that R.G. Armstrong was too old for his part, but kept him, simply because he liked him. Added to this, the actor wore "too much" tanning make-up, to hide his age somewhat.
* DyeingForYourArt: Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger lost over twenty-five pounds before filming began, in order to better fit the role of a special warfare operative, who would be lean, as well as muscular.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The studio sent a memo that there should be more gunshots in the film. This led to [=McTiernan=] Creator/McTiernan adding the scene where the team panics and pumps hundreds of rounds into empty jungle.



* ProductionNickname: The Sound Editors called the Predator's shoulder gun, the "Parrot Gun", because when it moved independent of the Predator while aiming, it reminded them of "Creator/PeterSellers with a rubber parrot on his shoulder."



** Bill Duke improvised the shaving. The crew scrambled on-set to make a razor that squirts blood.



** The film's original title was ''Hunter'' and was to feature a Native American soldier as the lead. This character eventually evolved into Billy, played by Sonny Landham.

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** The film's original title was ''Hunter'' and was to feature film originally featured a Native American soldier as the lead. This character eventually evolved into Billy, played by Sonny Landham.




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** Supposedly, Music/JerryGoldsmith was originally approached to score the film, but was unavailable.
* WorkingTitle: ''Hunter''.
16th Aug '17 1:40:23 PM Folamh3
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* UncreditedRole: Creator/ShaneBlack was an uncredited script doctor on the screenplay.
11th Aug '17 8:50:01 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Sonny Landham plays a member of a military platoon stalked by a hunter, while six years earlier he had reversely played a hunter part of a posse stalking a military platoon in ''Film/SouthernComfort'', only to suffer a GroinAttack at the climax.
10th Apr '17 4:42:45 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TroubledProduction: So much that the Kevin Peter Hall said that "it wasn't a movie, it was a survival story for all of us.". The cast and crew were constantly harassed by the local wildlife, including leeches and snakes. Heat and humidity (as well as extremely cold nights) took a toll as well. Every member of the cast and crew but Arnold Schwarzenegger and director John [=McTiernan=] caught Montezuma's Revenge due to unclean hotel water. The original Predator suit looked ridiculous, was virtually impossible to move in, and its original actor, Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme, left the production after only two days, forcing the producers to scramble for a new suit design and Predator actor. And, as noted on the main page, Sonny Landham required a bodyguard follow him at all times...to protect the rest of the cast from ''[[HairTriggerTemper him]]''.

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* TroubledProduction: So much TroubledProduction:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1GfUoB0kog According to FX supervisor Steve Johnson]], pre-production of the film began with director Creator/JohnMcTiernan dramatically throwing down concept art for the creature at a meeting with FOX executives -- which looked awful. The original idea called for a creature that had backwards-jointed reptile legs, along with an extended head and arms. The crew were also planning to film the project in the muddy slopes of Mexico. Despite Johnson and other members of the crew telling them that it would be physically impossible to shoot with such a creature, [=McTiernan=] went ahead anyway.
** Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme (then recently-emigrated from Belgium) was brought in without giving him any sufficient explanation of what he was supposed to be doing. Van Damme was furious due to believing
that the Kevin Peter Hall said temp effects suit (which was used so the "cloaking" effect could be applied in post-production) was the ''actual'' suit for the final product. Additionally, the suit was unwieldy (causing him to bump into trees because he couldn't see), and he was further angered to learn that "it wasn't a movie, it he wouldn't be able to do any of his martial arts moves, which he was a survival story for all of us.". The famous for.
** Filming got underway in Mexico, and it quickly became apparent to the
cast and crew were constantly harassed by that the local wildlife, including leeches conditions weren't favorable. While the suit was still being constructed, the crew had to deal with sweltering heat and snakes. Heat and humidity (as well as extremely cold nights) took a toll as well. rough terrain. Every member of the cast and crew but Arnold Schwarzenegger Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger ([[MemeticBadass of]] [[NighInvulnerable course]]) and director John [=McTiernan=] caught got bouts of Montezuma's Revenge due to unclean hotel water. The original Predator water.
** Things got worse when the finished (original)
suit looked ridiculous, actually reached the production set and saw the result. Faced with Van Damme complaining relentlessly and the crew treating the suit as a joke, [=McTiernan=] shot some test footage and sent it back to FOX hoping that they would see reason. The studio did and shut down production. Lawrence Gordon (one of the producers) was virtually impossible forced to move in, secure additional funding so that Creator/StanWinston and its original actor, Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme, his team could come in and redesign the suit. Van Damme either left the production after only two days, forcing because of fears for his own safety (supposedly due to a stunt he was supposed to do, but which was helmed by another stuntman who broke his own leg the producers first time attempting it) or was fired by the studio.
** Kevin Peter Hall was brought on
to scramble for a new suit design play the title character, and Predator actor. And, as noted on production continued in earnest, though not without running into more problems during the main page, Sonny Landham required a bodyguard follow him at all times...to protect the rest filming of the cast from ''[[HairTriggerTemper him]]''. final confrontation. Schwarzenegger found himself being caked in cold mud for hours at a time, while Hall also found it difficult to move around in the suit.



** Fans of Creator/AlanSilvestri could have had a ''legal'' soundtrack release (there was a bootleg) long before there actually was one - Fox had intended to release an album paired with Michael Kamen's work for the first ''Film/DieHard'' in 1993 as part of Fox Records' series of releases. Unfortunately it and several other planned albums never surfaced (nor did a ''Predator'' soundtrack arrive until 2003, courtesy of Creator/VareseSarabande).

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** Fans of Creator/AlanSilvestri could have had a ''legal'' soundtrack release (there was a bootleg) long before there actually was one - Fox had intended to release an album paired with Michael Kamen's Music/MichaelKamen's work for the first ''Film/DieHard'' in 1993 as part of Fox Records' series of releases. Unfortunately it and several other planned albums never surfaced (nor did a ''Predator'' soundtrack arrive until 2003, courtesy of Creator/VareseSarabande).
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