5) Ripley almost wore Prada
The role of Ripley eventually came down to two actresses: Sigourney Weaver and Meryl Streep. Now I’m trying to picture Streep in the Aliens power loader, hissing “Get away from her, you bitch!” I loves me some Streep, but I’m glad it went to Weaver.
6) Sorry to (chest)burst in like this
The infamous “chestburster” scene was filmed in one take, using four different cameras. And contrary to rumors that just won’t die, the crew did know generally what was going to happen — they’d even seen the chestburster puppet. They weren’t expecting the sheer amount of blood, however, and one particular jet caught actress Veronica Cartwright right in the face, resulting in a brilliantly organic-seeming reaction.
7) Directed by…
Other potential directors for Alien before Ridley Scott was hired included Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen), Peter Yates (Bullitt), Jack Clayton (Something Wicked This Way Comes), Walter Hill (48 Hours), and screenwriter Dan O’Bannon.