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Check out footage of Jean-Claude Van Damme in the original Predator costume

04.08.2014
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I have heard stories for as long as I can remember that Jean-Claude was the original actor inside of the alien suit in John McTiernan's classic PREDATOR. The prospect that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Van Damme shared screen time has always been a cool idea, but in the end, it was not meant to be. But, what ever happened to the original Predator suit?

This clip posted to YouTube by StanWinstonSchool.com is an interview with FX guru Steve Johnson (GHOSTBUSTERS, SPECIES, BLADE 2) as he explains how the original, impractical Predator design was scrapped and replaced by the iconic one we all recognize today.

I won't rob you of learning directly from the interview below, but it is pretty damn intriguing to think of just how different PREDATOR would have been if they went with the original design. Gone were the mandibles and dreadlocks that gave us the immortal line "you are one ugly motherf*cker" and instead was a cool if not entirely memorable design for the hunter. It is also pretty funny to hear just how much Jean-Claude Van Damme hated the red foam suit used for the cloaking scenes in the film. He looks like a giant cartoon lobster and I cannot help but chuckle every time it is on screen.

Source: ScreenCrush

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9:25AM on 04/10/2014
Funny! and that guy Johnson is totally ripping of Tony Stark. Or the other way around.
Funny! and that guy Johnson is totally ripping of Tony Stark. Or the other way around.
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7:53PM on 04/09/2014
is Steve Johnson related to Iron Man?
is Steve Johnson related to Iron Man?
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1:36PM on 04/09/2014
Lobstergram!
Lobstergram!
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6:30AM on 04/09/2014
Hehe, he looks like a giant lobster.
Hehe, he looks like a giant lobster.
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1:26AM on 04/09/2014
Hilarious. The Stan Winston design (with input from James Cameron) is one of the all-time great movie monsters.
Hilarious. The Stan Winston design (with input from James Cameron) is one of the all-time great movie monsters.
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12:42AM on 04/09/2014
That was a cool video. I had seen it before, but I had no idea Jean Claude was the original predator. What is the story with Kevin Peter Hall. I thought he was the original predator, or was he brought on to replace Jean Claude?
That was a cool video. I had seen it before, but I had no idea Jean Claude was the original predator. What is the story with Kevin Peter Hall. I thought he was the original predator, or was he brought on to replace Jean Claude?
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12:06AM on 04/09/2014
Awesome video. On a side note, what is it with this webpage crashing all the time now? Is it just happening on Chrome or is this a regular thing on Joblo now?
Awesome video. On a side note, what is it with this webpage crashing all the time now? Is it just happening on Chrome or is this a regular thing on Joblo now?
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5:41AM on 04/09/2014
Happens to me too, only with JoBlo and only with Chrome for some reason.
Happens to me too, only with JoBlo and only with Chrome for some reason.
5:51AM on 04/09/2014
I am also on Chrome and it keeps crashing. Took me about 5 minutes just get try and post this.
I am also on Chrome and it keeps crashing. Took me about 5 minutes just get try and post this.
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