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Predator (1987, 1990) [movie series]

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Old Jan 6, 2006, 01:23 AM   #1
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Jean Claude Van Damme As The Predator *Pics Inside*

Here is a website with info on Van Damme and his roll in the movie Predator.

Van Damme in Predator?

In 1987, Jean-Claude Van Damme landed the gig as the monster in Predator but it quickly went sour when he incurred the legendary wrath of 'Uberproducer' Joel Silver. By Van Damme's account, Silver fired him because he dared to speak out about a stunt that would have been unsafe in the cumbersome creature suit. True to Van Damme's screen form, he wraps up the episode of revenge-fantasy catharsis: another actor was brought in to do the stunt and busted his ankle, after which the costume was redesigned. ("That's obviously Jean-Claude making up stories," a spokesman for Silver Pictures said bemusedly, insisting there were no injuries, no safety lapses and only mininal "uncomfortableness" with the suit.)

But according to an interview with director John McTiernan, one appearance of the Predator was played by Jean-Claude Van Damme in a special effects suit. Van Damme quit after two days, apparently unhappy with being cast as an uncredited special effect. The alien was scrapped, redesigned and was eventually played by 7'2" Kevin Peter Hall, who sadly died in April 1991.

Van Damme putting the original Predator suit on

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Old Mar 4, 2006, 06:22 PM   #2
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Re: Jean Claude Van Damme As The Predator *Pics Inside*

there are no pictures on that website of VanDamme in costume.
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Old May 9, 2006, 02:19 PM   #3
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Re: Jean Claude Van Damme As The Predator *Pics Inside*

Van Damme? Predator? Now there's something You don't hear very often.
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Old Jul 16, 2006, 05:23 AM   #4
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Re: Jean Claude Van Damme As The Predator *Pics Inside*

now that would have been cool - a Arnie Vs Van Damme movie. My money would be on Van Damme
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Old Jul 16, 2006, 05:01 PM   #5
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Re: Jean Claude Van Damme As The Predator *Pics Inside*

Actually, I heard that it was true, but then - a rumor is as a rumor does.
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Old Feb 25, 2007, 06:49 AM   #6
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Re: Jean Claude Van Damme As The Predator *Pics Inside*

Actually guys if you pick up the Special Edition of the Predator there ARE pictures of Van Damme on set. I'm not sure if it's in the production stills or on of the other sections but I have seen them. One of them is with Carl Weathers during the severed arm scene. You could see on Van Damme's face that he wasn't very happy to be there. Carl however is just sitting there with a ' Hey! How ya doin'?' look on his face.
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