8) In space…you know the rest
Alien’s iconic tagline — “In space, no one can hear you scream” — was concocted by copywriter Barbara Gips while her husband, graphic artist Philip Gips, was working on the movie poster. They included it on the poster design and the studio loved it. I hope they gave her a raise.
9) “Just short of Zeta II Reticuli”
At one point Lambert says that the Nostromo is “just short of Zeta Reticuli” — a real binary star system located some 39 light years away from Earth. It’s also a staple of UFO mythology, as purported 1960s abductees Barney and Betty Hill claimed the gray aliens who had taken them hailed from Zeta Reticuli.
10) Stand up for the Space Jockey
The Space Jockey/Engineer corpse almost got cut from the movie. At 26 feet tall, it was going to be a large and expensive prop, and 20th Century Fox didn’t think it merited the expenditure since it was only going to be used briefly. Ron Cobb argued that the reveal of the mummified creature would be the film’s “Cecil. B. DeMille shot.” When he later discovered they were building the Space Jockey, he thought it was a mistake and that its removal somehow hadn’t trickled down to the production. He stayed mum until it was finished.
11) Maybe he had a bad feeling about it?
Harrison Ford turned down the role of Captain Dallas, eventually played in the film by Tom Skerritt. Of course, Ford would later go on to work with Ridley Scott in 1982’s Blade Runner.