Something you might not know about Predator is that Jean-Claude Van Damme was the original choice to play the monstrous title character before being replaced by the late Kevin Peter Hall. Just as the actor was changed, so, too, was the suit as this hilarious new video reveals.
Posted on YouTube this week by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, the vintage video of Van Damme donning the original Predator suit is joined together with a new interview with makeup effects artist Steve Johnson, who at long last reveals the true story behind the creature costume that almost was.
The never-before-seen video gives us a better look at the original outfit than past pictures have ever shown us, and Johnson’s memories of the ill-fated costume are absolutely hilarious. Van Damme, he recalls, wasn’t at all happy about the look of the suit, thinking that an incredibly goofy version of it that was being used for the invisibility cloaking scenes represented the way that the actual character was going to look on film. You so silly, Jean-Claude.
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