Trivia / Predators

  • Actor Allusion: Noland (Laurence Fishburne) says he was Air Cavalry, was yanked from Earth in the sixties, and hums a few bars of "The Ride of the Valkyries".
  • Cast the Expert: A particularly cool example. Louis Ozawa-Changchien has been practicing kendo since he was 5 and did his own stunts for Hanzo's fight with the Falconer Predator, but the crew didn't know this when he was cast. He brought his kendo teacher (who he considers a second father) on to help choreograph the scene.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Brody packed on quite a bit of muscle to play Royce.
  • Fake Nationality: The Russian, Mexican, and African actors match their character's ethnicity, but are American, and the Israeli is Brazilian.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Adrien Brody, known for being lean and playing nice guys, plays Royce, the ripped badass loner. Word of God is that they went with a smaller guy because while real-life soldiers are in great shape, most aren't huge, burly guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    • Topher Grace in a hardcore action movie. And that's the least of it.
  • Prison Tropes: Stans' behaviour is based on prison etiquette, from his attitude to teamwork, his fighting style, how he gains respect, right down to how he walks - as he progresses up the hierarchy, he walks further ahead in their line, third behind Royce and Isabelle.
  • Stunt Casting: Used quite a bit, but subverted, in that it's not the actor's fame that makes their appearance noteworthy, but their previous body of work.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Laurence Fishburne's character, Noland, was originally supposed to be played by Danny Glover, which would have been the perfect way to tie the film to Predator 2 as well as 1. Though whether Glover would've been playing the same character or not is unclear. Especially considering Noland gets killed pretty soon.
    • In the DVD commentary they state that Isabella was originally planned to die saving Royce. Between her performance and the ending being Royce as "the king of death" they decided not to. Makes Royce's reaction to Isabella's injury from the Berserker more understandable.
    • Robert Rodriguez intended to have Schwarzenegger reappear as Dutch, in the form of a cameo at the film's end after defeating Berserker, Royce and Isabelle sit bloodied and exhausted in the jungle when a Yautja ship lands nearby and a host of Predators emerge. Too tired to fight, the survivors await their fate, but the Predators do not attack. Instead they split into two single-file lines flanking the doorway, and through the gap in the center their leader emerges from the ship, his armor covered in trophies. The leader would then remove his helmet, revealing it to be Dutch, who tells Royce, "Not bad, kid... Not bad at all." The scene was dropped due to Schwarzenegger being unavailable, but Rodriguez has mentioned a desire to include the sequence in any potential Predators sequel.


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