Via James at Hell in a Handbasket comes this goodie about the ALIEN movies. Apparently, they went through 3,000 auditions of Americans living in Britain for the Colonial Marines and found two (count ’em) actors to pull it off. So they called the Americans from America.
And Sigourney Weaver tries very very hard to make sure we know she doesn’t like guns, even though she isn’t always very convincing.
I’ve got the 9-disc DVD megaset, but I haven’t listened to the commentary track for ALIENS yet. I guess this means it will be sooner rather than later.
UPDATE: I wasn’t clear on one thing. The 3,000 tryouts for Colonial Marine roles that resulted in only 2 hires were all Americans who lived in England. They needed to get Americans from the US of A to fill out the platoon. I’ve modified my post make it correct. Thanks to Kevin Baker, who wrote the piece, for straightening me out.