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Trivia: Predator
Works in this franchise with their own Trivia pages:

Series-wide:

Trivia for the first movie:

  • 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)
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura were both elected and served as state governors; Sonny Landham also ran for governor but lost.
    • And for non-politicians, Apollo Creed and the black henchman from Commando.
    • You might not recognize Hawkins, but he is the guy who wrote Lethal Weapon and later Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3. In fact the studio requested that he be in it in order to have an experienced action writer / producer on the ground to make sure director knew what he was doing.
  • He Also Did: The Predator himself, Kevin Peter Hall, also played Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Peter Cullen was the voice of the Predator in the first movie, including his infamous haunting laugh. Yes, that Peter Cullen.
  • 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 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."
  • 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.


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