An Oral History of Predator


The Heat Vision has an oral history of Predator (1987). “Whether it was the heat of the jungle or the haze of time that accrues over three decades, the stories from people involved took on almost a Rashomon-like quality. Why did the studio shut the film down? How much of the film was completed at that point (estimates range from “90 percent” to “less than half”)? What happened with the original Predator design? (Did it look like a ‘cockroach,’ a f—ing chicken,” a “bloody big rat’?) Why did Jean-Claude Van Damme — who was originally cast to play the alien — get fired?

One thing that everyone whom THR spoke with did agree on, however: Filming in the jungle in the dead of summer is, uh, not ideal.”


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