Predators (2010) Poster



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.
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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 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 125 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 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.
Hanzo's name is a reference to Hattori Hanzo, a legendary Japanese samurai of the Sengoku era (1467-1573 AD). 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.
While filming a fight scene, Oleg Taktarov hit his face on a Steadicam camera and started bleeding. He insisted that filming continued to add effect to the scene.
Adrien Brody put on 25 pounds of muscle for his role.
Laurence Fishburne filmed for just 2 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 classic Predator from the original Predator (1987) is seen for the first time in over 20 years.
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 himself. Within a very short period of time, Rodriguez was convinced that Walton was still right for the part.
Robert Rodriguez intended this film to be part of the "Predator" series and NOT the "Alien vs. Predator" series.
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 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.
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 the original 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.
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!"
The song that plays over the credits is Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" which was listened to by the main characters of the first Predator (1987) during the scene where they're dropped into the jungle for their mission.
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.
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 3 lines of dialogue.
The film was shot in 53 days.
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. 15 years later, the studio decided to follow through with his script; in the end, an updated version of his script.
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.
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 unusual weapon used by Royce is an AA-12 fully automatic 12 gauge shotgun. Judging by the explosive effects produces by the shells, it is most likely loaded with Frag-12 explosive rounds.
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, 60% of the movie was shot in Texas in order to be eligible for a tax benefit.
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.
The first Predator doesn't appear until 38 minutes into the film.
This had the same budget as the previous entry in the franchise, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).
Noland says that he was "Air Cav" and proceeds to hum "Ride of the Valkyries." Lawrence Fishburne was in Apocalypse Now, which prominently features both.
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).
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.
Nikolai was originally supposed to be armed with a Russian GShG-7.62 four-barreled rotary machinegun, 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.
The Insectoid Alien that appears around the 50 minute mark 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.
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 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-D: 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.
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".
One indication that the predators are 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 Neanderthaler skull next to a human skull on the ground as a trophy. The Neanderthal subspecies became extinct 40.000 years ago.
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At the point Lawrence Fishburne's character 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.
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Milo Ventimiglia, Freddy Rodríguez and Josh Brolin were considered for the role of Royce.
Neil Marshall, Michael 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).
Nimród Antal did over 100 pages of storyboards in preparation for directing.
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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 lead star of the original Predator (1987) film.
Alan Silvestri, who composed the score for the original film 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.
Jeff Fahey was briefly considered for the role of Noland.
Oleg Taktarov dubbed his own voice in the Russian Version.
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Alice Braga (who plays an Israeli soldier) is the third brunette actress who appears in the "Predator" series, 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 leader role in "Alien" series.
The "hunting dogs" are based one of creature skulls seen in the trophy case onboard the Predator ship near the end of Predator 2.
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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.
The way the Berserker Predator rips out Stans' spine exactly mirrors what the title character does to Billy after killing him in Predator (1987).
Body Count: 20.
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 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 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), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).
The first time in the trilogy, when the end did not close with an explosion of some kind.
Danny Trejo leaves the movie at the 34th minute. Laurence Fishburne, despite prominent billing, appears only between the 52nd and 68th minutes.
When Hanzo sees the ancient samurai katana in the ship and realizes it's very old, he removes it from the sheath. This is anathema to bushido (samurai code) as it cannot be put back into its sheath unless it sheds blood. Hanzo would have let the blade cut his thumb to keep the "soul" of the blade strong.
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