Fun movie facts that are often buried deep in an article, usually in a throwaway line that provides more food for thought than the article itself.
Here we go -
Original Predator Design and Van Damme As A Giant Fly ?
This won't be news to any of you who own the Predator special edition and have watched the extras, but for everyone else'
Predator's original title was "Hunter", and they actually started shooting with a totally different alien design. The creature had longer legs, and the head of a fly/dog. That head was designed to be able to turn and flip to almost any angle so he could track his prey (cool idea). Wobbling around on its stilts, and using a harness, they just couldn't get the walking to look convincing, or the head to look like it was properly attached.
But it gets better. Hired to wear the suit, for his agility, was martial-arts-trained Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Here he is on the job -
Van Damme quit after two days, unhappy that he was to be an uncredited special effect.
With the creature problems, the original design was scrapped, and Stan Winston was called in. It was James Cameron who suggested him. Winston created the design we're all familiar with. Cameron also reportedly came up with the idea of the mandibles on the face.
Robert Rodriguez has said he'll feature new Predator/alien-wildlife designs in this week's sequel. So I wonder if his Predator hunting planet will include something similar to this as a tribute?