45 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About the ‘Alien’ Franchise

45 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About the ‘Alien’ Franchise

Alien and Aliens are two of the most lauded films in the history of science-fiction. The others? Well, your mileage may vary. The franchise overall has a giant dedicated fanbase that’s gone to bat for it since 1979. For decades, cosplayers have gone to sci-fi and comic book conventions dressed as xenomorphs, Colonial Marines or Ellen Ripley herself. However, even the most hardcore Alien fan can be surprised with a new behind-the-scenes fact about the film franchise. Like how a pair of contact lenses almost made Bishop look scarier than the xenomorphs. Or how Renny Harlin was supposed to direct the third movie. Or how James Cameron was the “voice” of the Alien Queen.

Read on about those and 42 other factoids about the making of the Alien films — and not all of them are about the phallic design choices…

Alien3 (1992) Director David Fincher clashed with producers, thanks to his on-set perfectionism and the studio's constant meddling. Fincher insisted on shooting in certain light and weather conditions exclusively, and rebelled against the studio's rushed schedule by saying they should shoot a large number of takes of a head exploding Producer Ezra Swerdlow once said: I'll never forget Dave's complete devotion to the color of blood. CRACKED.COM


Alien3 (1992) Sigourney Weaver insisted they kill off Ripley. Weaver said that when she heard about the studio's plan to do Alien VS. Predator it depressed her, and she wanted out. She claims that it's the same reason Ridley Scott didn't return for Alien 3. CRACKED.COM


Aliens (1986) There was almost a mutiny on set. Cameron's assistant director, Derek Cracknell, seemed to think he could do a better directing job than Cameron (who many weren't taking seriously at the time). Cameron would ask him to do a shot, Cracknell would undermine him and do it differently, and it'd end up wrong. When Cameron and Hurd eventually fired Cracknell, he urged the crew to protest. Cameron wanted to move the production out of England, but Hurd convinced him to talk to the crew and get things back on track. CRACKED.COM


The Nostromo was a self-contained, set. The Alien actors couldn't get out of the ship except to walk all the way through it, adding to the feeling of them being trapped and making it more realistic. CRACKED.COM



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