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According to Nimród Antal and Robert Rodriguez on the commentary, in the script, the character Cuchillo was described as "a guy who looks like Danny Trejo." When Danny Trejo heard this, he called Robert Rodriguez and said, "hey, I heard there's a guy in the script for 'Predators' who looks just like Danny Trejo, and guess what, I look just like Danny Trejo!"
Louis Ozawa Changchien insisted his character Hanzo fight using Kendo, as he is a practitioner of the martial art, instead of using Kung Fu, as most Hollywood films do.
Hanzo is missing two fingers on his left hand. The reason that the Yakuza traditionally cut their fingers starting from the left pinkie, is that these fingers have a vital role in controlling a Japanese sword, and their loss would significantly impair a duelist. Hanzo must be a formidable swordsman to be able fight in close combat as he did, despite the loss of his fingers.
The alien creature that pursues Edwin (Topher Grace) through the jungle, during the ambush scene, is a slightly modified version of the original, abandoned Predator design from 1987.
The original script contained cameo appearances by Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Michael Harrigan (Danny Glover), the protagonists of the previous Predator films. However, these appearances were ultimately cut out.
While filming a fight scene, Oleg Taktarov hit his face on a Steadicam camera, and started bleeding. He insisted that filming continue, to add effect to the scene.
Adrien Brody put on twenty-five pounds of muscle for his role.
Hanzo's name is a reference to Hattori Hanzo, a legendary Japanese samurai of the Sengoku era (1467-1573 A.D.). Hattori Hanzo is also the name of Shin'ichi Chiba's character in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), which was written and directed by Robert Rodriguez's good friend Quentin Tarantino.
Laurence Fishburne filmed for just two days.
The original plan was to alter the 20th Century Fox logo, turning it into heat vision (as seen from the Predators' viewpoint) halfway through the fanfare. The studio nixed that particular idea.
The pool with the overhanging rock, where the group ends up after the jump from the cliff, was found in Texas, during location scouting. However, when the scene was shot a few months later, the temperature had dropped considerably, and water had started to flow from the rock. Not only did the actors have to be submerged in freezing cold water, the noise from the waterfall made the recording of usable dialogue impossible.
Robert Rodriguez intended this film to be part of the "Predator" franchise, and not the "Alien Vs. Predator" franchise.
The plant that Edwin (Topher Grace) identifies as "Archaefructus liaoningensis" has actually been extinct for several million years; its origin lies in the Cretaceous Period. Angiosperm fossils were found in China, that are believed to be about one hundred twenty-five million years old, making it the world's earliest known flowering plant. In an earlier draft of the script, Edwin highlights the plant's origins, citing it as yet another inexplicable oddity, before they finally realize where they are.
The classic Predator, from the original Predator (1987) is seen for the first time in over twenty years.
Nimród Antal specifically chose Adrien Brody for the main protagonist: "It was a challenge in finding a balance. When we cast Adrien, there were a lot of people going, What? But at the same time, if we cast a Vin Diesel in that role or anyone who is Arnold-esque, we would have been attacked for doing that. So we decided early on to go in a very different direction as far as the casting process, but it turned out fantastic." He also felt the soldiers should be portrayed as wiry tough guys, not burly men, like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Alice Braga read a sniper manual in preparation for her role, and carried a fourteen pound sniper rifle around with her during shooting.
When asked where he drew his inspiration for how to make a "Predator" film, Robert Rodriguez responded he was inspired what to do from Predator (1987), and what not to do by Predator 2 (1990), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). Furthermore, he added he drew no inspiration whatsoever from the "Predator" comics.
The song that plays over the credits is Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally", which was listened to by the main characters of Predator (1987) on the helicopter before they're dropped into the jungle for their mission.
According to Robert Rodriguez, the title of "Predators" serves as a double-entendre, describing the alien hunters as well as the ensemble human characters they target: "They could very well kill each other off, even if there were no Predators!"
One of the mandates for the production team was that they only looked to the original Predator (1987) for reference points.
Hanzo only speaks in one scene, and has a total of three lines of dialogue.
According to Robert Rodriguez on the DVD commentary, Walton Goggins had been cast in the role of Stans, but Rodriguez felt the character was written far too much like the character Hudson in Aliens (1986). So Rodriguez had the part re-written, and asked Director Nimród Antal to re-cast the role. But Antal insisted that Goggins could still do the role, and scheduled a meeting between Goggins, Rodriguez, and him. Within a very short period of time, Rodriguez was convinced that Walton was right for the part.
The film was shot in fifty-three days.
Royce, Isabelle, Nikolai, and Noland are the only people to say their names in the film. Stans, Mombasa, Cuchillo, Edwin, and Hanzo's names are never revealed (although Stans identifies himself in a deleted scene). The DVD captions identify all characters.
The average height of the actors who play the Predators in this film is 6'6½", while the actors in the previous films, Kevin Peter Hall and Ian Whyte, were 7'2½" and 7'1" tall, respectively.
Noland claims to have been on the planet between seven to ten seasons. In Earth time, he's been there at most a little over two years.
The film's basic plot was conceived in 1994, when Robert Rodriguez was working on Desperado (1995). He presented a draft of the script to 20th Century Fox, but they turned it down, because the budget required was too large. Fifteen years later, the studio decided to follow through with his script; in the end, an updated version of his script.
Stans' prison jumpsuit identifies him as an inmate of California's San Quentin State Prison, which has the largest prison death row population in the United States.
The man whose parachute fails to open is wearing pixel-gray Army Combat Uniform fatigues, meaning he was most likely a soldier in the United States Army. The same goes for the unidentified man found later with his chest ripped open: Nikolai reads from the man's notebook that he was supposed to be stationed in Afghanistan.
Although all the main locations were filmed in Hawaii, sixty percent of the movie was shot in Texas, in order to be eligible for a tax benefit.
The unusual weapon used by Royce, is an AA-12 fully automatic twelve gauge shotgun. Judging by the explosive effects produced by the shells, it is most likely loaded with Frag-12 explosive rounds.
Noland says that he was "Air Cav", and proceeds to hum "Ride of the Valkyries". Lawrence Fishburne was in Apocalypse Now (1979), which prominently features both.
(At around fifty minutes) The Insectoid Alien that appears is an allusion to the original design of the Predator from the first film, when it was played by Jean-Claude Van Damme. The creature was redesigned after Van Damme's departure, to the current design.
This movie wasn't called Predator 3. Instead it added an "S" to the end to make it plural, in tribute to how Alien (1979)'s sequel was called Aliens (1986).
At the point Noland (Lawrence Fishburne) is introduced, you hear the lines "Over Here" and "Turn Around". These lines are spoken by Bill Duke to Carl Weathers in the first Predator movie. The lines are either a nod to the original movie, or represent the Predator's ability to record and transfer sounds and data between themselves in real time, as the first Predator didn't survive, to do this himself.
This had the same budget as Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).
The first Predator doesn't appear until thirty-eight minutes into the film.
Isabelle uses a Blaser R93 sniper rifle, fitted with an Elcan DigitalHunter scope. The official sniper rifle for active-duty Israeli Defense Forces personnel, is actually the H-S Precision HTR, and it achieved that designation in May 2010, only a month before this movie was released.
It was decided that the film would be produced at Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios, instead of 20th Century Fox, so that Rodriguez would have creative control over the project.
One indication that the Predators have been using the hunting grounds for a very long time, is when they first come into the Predator camp (just before they see the classic Predator on the totem pole), there is a Neanderthal skull next to a human skull on the ground as a trophy. The Neanderthal subspecies became extinct forty thousand years ago.
Nikolai was originally supposed to be armed with a Russian GShG-7.62 four-barreled rotary machine gun, as it would be more fitting for a Russian Spetsnaz Operator. The production crew was unable to obtain one, so they used an American M134 minigun instead.
In Decloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain (2010), it can plainly be seen that stunt performers were used for the cliff fall scene, in most of the shots, if not all of them, that were actually used in the movie. This is especially true for Edwin's fall. This was done by a professional, and he still accidentally landed mostly on his head.
Robert Rodriguez was originally thought to be attached as Director, however within a few days of this rumor coming out, he confirmed he would only write and produce the film.
Danny Trejo's character is named Cuchillo. "Cuchillo" is Spanish for "knife". Many of Trejo's characters in Robert Rodriguez movies have been named after knives or sharp instruments: Machete in Spy Kids (2001), Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002), and Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003); Razor Charlie and Razor Eddie in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999), and From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (1999), Navajas (Spanish for "blades") in Desperado (1995), and he also plays another character called Machete in Machete (2010) and its sequels.
The "hunting dogs" are based one of the creature skulls seen in the trophy case on-board the Predator ship, near the end of Predator 2 (1990).
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Oleg Taktarov dubbed his own voice in the Russian version.
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The original, rejected script had the Predators riding motorbikes and drinking alien beer while watching matches in a Coliseum-like arena. Furthermore, there would originally have been 200 Predators in the movie. Nimród Antal, a big fan of the franchise, found these ideas preposterous and had them changed. He reasoned that a single Predator posed a dangerous threat in the previous films, so it would be unreasonable for any of the human characters to survive dealing with hundreds of them. Basic ideas that were kept throughout included the story taking place on an alien world and six out of the eight human characters getting killed.
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Robert Rodriguez and Nimród Antal referred to the original design of the Predator (1987) as the "cassette tape version", and the new 2010 creature design, as the "iPod version".
Milo Ventimiglia, Freddy Rodríguez, and Josh Brolin were considered for the role of Royce.
Stans is a death row inmate in California's San Quentin Correctional Facility. All death row inmates can receive a pardon, or stay of execution by the state's Governor. At the time this film was made (and presumably the time the movie takes place), California's Governor was Arnold Schwarzenegger, the star of Predator (1987).
Alan Silvestri, who composed the score for Predator (1987), was asked to write this score to this film. He could not, due to scheduling conflicts with The A-Team (2010). John Debney, with whom Robert Rodriguez had worked previously on Sin City (2005) and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005), received the assignment. Debney was quoted as saying that his score will be influenced by Silvestri's original score for the 1987 film.
Nimród Antal did over one hundred pages of storyboards, in preparation for directing.
Neil Marshall, M.J. Bassett, Bill Duke, Marcus Nispel, Peter Berg, and Darren Lynn Bousman were considered to direct the film. In the end, Nimród Antal was hired, because Robert Rodriguez enjoyed Antal's earlier films, Kontroll (2003) and Vacancy (2007).
Jeff Fahey was briefly considered for the role of Noland.
Director Nimród Antal wasn't on the original list of proposed directors, but he was eventually chosen due to his experience with handling a large cast of characters in his former films.
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The film stars two Academy Award winners and one nominee: Adrien Brody won Best Actor for The Pianist (2002), Mahershala Ali won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Moonlight (2016), and Laurence Fishburne was nominated for Best Actor for What's Love Got To Do With It (1993).
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Shortly after being hired as the director, Nimród Antal was informed that the movie will be scrapped because the script wasn't deemed good enough. Antal was then given two screenwriters and ten days to write a new story outline from scratch in their basement. According to Antal, by the end the place was such a mess and smelled so bad that the Predators' camp in the movie was heaven in comparison.
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Alice Braga (who plays an Israeli soldier) is the third brunette actress who appears in the Predator franchise, following Elpidia Carrillo in Predator (1987), and Maria Conchita Alonso in Predator 2 (1990), while Sanaa Lathan played the female leader in AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), following Sigourney Weaver, who played the female lead role in the Alien franchise.
Any serious Sci-Fi fan will recognize the 'lights' in Nolan's hideout in the mining vehicle. They are the power gauges from the Krell laboratory in the 1956 movie 'Forbidden Planet'.
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The film has nods and references to Predator (1987): The characters find themselves on a jungle planet. Nikolai's weapon is a M134 minigun. Isabelle knows of Major Alan "Dutch" Schaffer's deadly encounter with a Predator in the jungle of Guatemaia which occurred 23 years earlier and mentions it to Royce. Hanzo holds off The Falconer Predator by fighting The Predator in armed combat and dies and Royce covers himself in cold mud in his fight with The Berserker Predator.
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The film is set in the year 2010 and takes place 23 years after Predator (1987), 13 years after Predator 2 (1990) and 6 years after Alien Vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). Isabelle tells Royce about Dutch and his team's deadly encounter with The Predator and that it happened 23 years earlier which was in 1987.
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After Adrian Brody cuts the predator down and the ship starts to take off you see the ground and either Mack's skull from Preadator 1987, or one identical. Anna did say in the 1987 movie that the predators go there a lot. Maybe one found and took Mack's skull.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In none of the Predator movies, has any Predator been killed by a firearm.
Body Count: twenty.
The way the Berserker Predator rips out Stans' spine, exactly mirrors what the title character does to Billy after killing him in Predator (1987).
Never has any main, key featured Predator, survived any film, in which they have appeared, whether as ally or foe.
Even though this installment in the "Predator" franchise explicitly wanted to part with the crossover AVP story arc, it does contain at least three nods to the Alien franchise: - 1) at one point, while (obviously, given the movie's universe) facing near-certain death, one character tells another "If the time comes, I'll do us both", a reference to Hicks' almost identical line in Aliens (1986), 2) when the group finds the body of an earlier victim of the antagonists, he has a large hole in his chest with the ribs bent outwards (probably from a Predator energy blast shot from behind), referencing the way Xenomorph young emerge from their host, and the wound found on the "space jockey" in Alien (1979), also Nikolai references Billy's dialogue from Predator (1987), "he set up position here, he was shooting in all directions" 3) as soon as Royce recovers from his parachute landing; as he looks around, a music motif from Aliens (1986) can be heard, and when the group enters the Predators camp, there's a brief view of an Alien skull on the ground. Additionally, when realizing that the Classic Predators may be helpful against the Super Predators, Royce mentions 'my enemy's enemy', which references the 'enemy of the enemy is my friend' concept from AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).
The first time in the Predator franchise, when the end did not close with an explosion of some kind.
The Predators featured, were of a different clan, and not the original Predator design seen in the other films, Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), and AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).
Danny Trejo leaves the movie at thirty-four minutes. Laurence Fishburne, despite prominent billing, appears only between minute fifty-two, and minute sixty-eight.

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