INT: Lance Henriksen
Our ALIEN VS PREDATOR set visit finishes up today with the man of the hour: Lance Henriksen (read Part 1 here, my interview with Paul Anderson here and my interview with the rest of the cast here) Now lets get real. It is too cool that Lance is in this movie or what? CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, NEAR DARK, ALIEN 3, MAN'S BEST FRIEND, MILLENNIUM (TV), SCREAM 3... This man is sci-fi-horror for Christs sake! It would be a crime if he werent in this film. If thats not enough, he was even cooler in person when we met up with him in on of the chamber sets for our little interview. The man was sucking down smokes as he kidded around with us and enjoyed our company - as we did his. He was genuinely having a good time. Here's what this badass had to say:
What is like being back in the franchise?
Oh, its tops, this is closure. This is for keeps (laughter). Im the guy that started the robotics that goes into the future -
There is a link to Bishop
Bishop, Charles Bishop, yeah When Paul and I talked about this, I thought it was a great idea because this is such an adventure. What happens to Weyland while hes doing this is that its his last hurrah, in a sense, so he thinks its just a pyramid and then we get down here and, uh, the shit hits the fan. If you like that word (laughter). But its an exciting adventure and thats why hes (Weyland) doing it. You should see some of the stuff we shot in Antarctica already, unbelievable stuff, it really is real.
Are you nearing the end of your shoot?
No, I got another two months.
Are you running around a lot?
Oh yeah, for sure.
In the third Alien Movie, were you human or -
Well, they were leaving that open, because they werent sure what they were going to do with it. What I saw was that it was a more advanced model certainly. I love the idea of it being an advanced model. This is a prequel so you have a well-rounded
Even though it is prequel and it ties into the mythology, it definitely has a feel unlike any of the other alien movies.
Oh yeah, thats for sure, it really does. Pauls a different breed, he loves and respects those movies, but his approach is definitely his own and his affection for the whole genre-- he knows them both really well.
What is it like working with him, whats his style like?
Hes a great director; hes so full of details. He said something to me that said everything, that if he hadnt been a director he wouldve been an engineer or a designer. Cause you can see it, he had a hand in this too (points around the chamber we were standing in), all the imagery and all of the concept, hes way ahead, way ahead.
There was one thing about Bishop; he was such a pacifist. Do you get nasty in this?
No, Im a good guy. I love playing bad guys, but the good guys that have a good thing going on, I dont like passive good guys - Bishop was non-violent but he wasnt passive.
Is this the first time you havent had to sit for a life-cast?
No, I did, I did (laughter). ALIENS was twenty years ago and when I saw that life-cast I went: Oh no, no, no.
The merging of the two franchises, does it feel natural or does it feel forced?
It feels very natural. You know, I worked with Arnold when we did TERMINATOR and I went and saw PREDATOR, not knowing what it was; and another guy that I had worked with before designed the predator, Stan Winston, so it was almost like a family affair. I was rooting for it so much, I loved the movie, I thought it was great. But this is taking it to another dimension; remember thats an old movie too now, so they have moved all that technology that they used in that way ahead. This thing is like youre not going to believe what theyve done. I mean, the predator vision and all that stuff is a completely, completely, different deal. Its actually very, very, very good. I saw some of the stuff the other day
With so many of the sets being practical and having less CGI probably makes it a lot easier.
Theres not much CGI, you dont notice it. Its used wisely, weve done so much live stuff it makes it interesting, but theyre going to really put the icing on the cake with the CG.
Have any of the cast or crew hit you up for any stories and things like that?
Ive been really greeted nicely, weve got quite a cast, theyre nice people, were really getting along. We really make each other laugh a lot, you know, kill time between takes. But theyve seen all the movies already, one of the things Paul did was give everybody all those movies to see. But this is a whole new world - this is another major step.
Besides your character, are there nods to the other films?
Oh theres a lot of nods in this, but theyre more treats though, so, Sigourneys not in it or anything like that and the character that Lex is playing is totally different than anything that Sigourney was ever doing, you know, its got nothing to do with it. The only similarity is, you know, the heroine.
Do you think its important for the continuity of the franchise to have a strong female lead?
I think so. I mean, there are guys in this too. I dont know what the psychology is behind it, but there is something very comforting about a matriarchal figure battling. Its like they always say about a mother lion, theres nothing more fierce than a mother lion.
Which one is worse, the alien or the predator?
Oh man. The predator is more human, but to me the aliens were always such a mixture of like a tick, or a parasite of some kind that was just indestructible but it evolved to its next way of survival. The predators, believe it or not, theyre more romantic. I know that sounds strange.
Theyre lovers of man.
Yeah, theyre lovers of mankind, for sure. (laughter)
But they have a culture and a sense of honor.
Right, where the aliens dont - their code is survival, thats it.
Now you dont need to do any research obviously, but were you at all familiar with the comics, the video games?
Never looked at em, no.
Did you go and watch your old movies again?
No, no, no. (laughter) The first thing I did was I tried get a Mueller watch because I knew Weyland, being a billionaire, would have the finest and so I do have one, Im using it. I was trying to structure what a billionaire is, I tried to call Bill Gates and say: Look, lets just have lunch (laughter). He wouldnt even call me back. (laughter) You know, I was just trying to see all the conditions this guy (Weyland) has, hes very ill and hes got a clock running, my whole thing in this is theres a clock running and I just gotta keep going the train has left the station and you cant stop until its over. Which is a strong thing.
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