Trivia / Predator
Works in this franchise with their own Trivia pages:
- Acting for Two: It's brief and subtle, but the unnamed choppah! pilot at the end is none other than the Predator himself, Kevin Peter Hall.
- All-Star Cast: It reads like an '80s action fan's wet dream.
- The Cameo: The pilot of the helicopter in the last scene is Kevin Peter Hall - the Predator himself!
- Completely Different Title:
- The Hunter (Greece) (Also the working title of the movie, minus "the", until the design was refined)
- Prey (Turkey)
- Executive Meddling: 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.
- He Also Did: The Predator himself, Kevin Peter Hall, also played Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons.
- The Other Marty: The Predator was originally played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, but difficulties with the original costume (Van Damme claimed it was too hot to move in at all) and the decision that the Predator needed to be more physically imposing to be seen as a serious threat to all the bodybuilders playing the humans lead to him getting recast (along with the Predator costume being redesigned). Some of the scenes with the invisibility distortion effect were shot with JCVD.
- Throw It In: Courtesy of James Cameron himself! When the production crew's first attempt at the creature effect failed spectacularly, they decided to hire Stan Winston for the film. The two were flying to Japan and while Winston was doing preliminary design sketches, Cameron saw what he was doing and said "You know, I always wanted to see something with mandibles." Winston then included them in his designs.
- Troubled Production: So much that the Kevin Peter Hall said that "it wasn't a movie, it was a survival story for all of us."
- What Could Have Been: As mentioned above in The Other Marty, the Predator was originally envisioned as a giant insect like creature with a rat like head, golden eyes and big claws, but the overall look of the original design was felt to be both far from scary and not really practical to film in the jungle, so it was completely redesigned and recast (with Kevin Peter Hall replacing Jean Claude Van Damme).
- 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.
- Fans of Alan Silvestri 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 Die Hard 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 Varèse Sarabande).
- Three members of the cast ran for governor of different U.S. states, with two taking office. This led to the amusing Overly Narrow Superlative that Arnold Schwarzenegger can be called "the best gubernatorial candidate in the cast of a 1987 sci-fi action movie involving an alien". Some may disagree on whether he's truly better than Jesse Ventura, but the funny thing is, no matter which of them you prefer, neither of them is the worst. That distinction goes to Sonny Landham.