Great Job, Internet!: Nobody who worked on Predator can agree on why Jean-Claude Van Damme got fired
In advance of Shane Black’s forthcoming Predator revival (and the original film’s 30th anniversary), nostalgists around the internet have been revisiting what’s probably the most thrilling of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘80s output. The latest is a comprehensive oral history of the film from The Hollywood Reporter, who talked with the screenwriter, cinematographer, visual effects supervisor, some actors, and a few more about how the now-iconic action film came to be.
There’s plenty of takeaways: Intense heat, bulky costumes, and a shitload of red ants made filming hell; Sonny Landham, who played Billy, was terrifying and needed his own bodyguard; the cast couldn’t have cut it as real soldiers; and Schwarzenegger apparently took meetings in hot tubs.
Probably the most striking revelation, however, is that pretty much everyone THR spoke to had a different story regarding why Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was tapped to play the …