Director John McTiernan’s sci-fi action classic Predator holds the record for most unlikely Governors in a single movie, what with it starring both Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-California) and Governor Jesse Ventura (I-Minnesota), but what of the rest of the cast? Hatched did some digging to see how the cast of Predator is doing now.
In Brief: Mr. Universe, International Superstar, Governor of California, Philanderer, Divorcee
I won’t pretend that we all don’t already know what former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is up to these days. The actor-turned-politician-turned-actor-again is in the midst of a messy divorce with wife Maria Shriver, and it was revealed last year that he fathered a child with the family’s housekeeper in 1997.
All of this personal strife has put a hold on all of Arnold’s half-serious talk about Terminator and Predator sequels that no one wants to see, so that’s good; but he will appear in an extended cameo in this summer’s Expendables sequel and will star in I Saw the Devil director Kim Ji-woon’s next film, Last Stand, which is due out next year.
Then there’s this bullshit Governator cartoon, which depicts Schwarzenegger spending his retirement as some super-suited crime fighter, a concept no doubt lifted from the sad doodles he scrawls on his legal pad while meeting with his wife’s lawyers.
In Brief: Raiders’ Linebacker, Apollo Creed, Thrifty Stew Obsessive (Fictional)
After the success of the Rocky series and his appearance in Predator, Carl Weathers enjoyed a simmering career starring in television shows that no one watched and direct-to-video movies that no one rented.
Weathers turned this misfortune into to gold when the aging actor gave what may be the best piece of self-parody ever put to screen as a thrift-obsessed version of himself on Arrested Development.
Currently, the actor is the newest star exploited by The Asylum, that low-budget pseudo-parody-pseduo-cash-in factory, and will star in their newest “film,” American Warship, which is like Battleship, if Battleship had any chance of making its money back.
In Brief: Character actor, director, That Guy
Bill Duke boasts a wonderfully sour, instantly recognizable face that’s gotten him a great deal of work but not much in the department of star power. As a consequence, Duke has become a permanent member of the “That Guy” club, that league of character actors you love then immediately forget the name of–people like Luis Guzman, Brad Dourif, and, I don’t know, CCH Pounder (I had to Google for all of these names).
He still pops up on television and in movies every now and then, and still gets pretty consistent work as a director.
In Brief: Navy Seal, WWE Hall of Fame Professional Wrestler, Actor, Mayor, Governor of Minnesota, Conspiracy Nut
Since leaving office in 2003, Ventura has hosted a couple of television shows, reconciled his messy split with World Wrestling Entertainment and, now, regularly appears on television to rant about the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center buildings, how the American government is controlling the weather and other flimsy conspiracy theories.
When not concerning himself with fringey Alex Jones types, Ventura raises awareness about the diminishing civil liberties of Americans and the decline of the country into a pseudo-fascist mad house. Ventura has been a vocal opponent to the War on Terror, written several books, filed suit against the TSA regarding its controversial pat-downs, and lobbies for an end to the two-party system of government.
Increasingly disenchanted with the state of things in America, Ventura has applied for citizenship in Mexico, because fuck this place.
In Brief: Porn Star, Bit Actor, Failed Politician, Unhinged Asshole
No doubt inspired by the success of Governors Scwarzenegger and Ventura (what a stupid clause), Sonny Landham spent the last ten years running for high office in Kentucky as a Libertarian candidate. The wannabe governor/senator never made it to ballot and likely never will, especially after he lost his party’s support in 2008 when he took to the radio to make a few insane statements endorsing the mass murder of Arabs and chalking it up to “that’s war, my friend.”
In Brief: Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Way More Successful Than You Thought
Nowhere near as buff, charming or handsome as his co-stars, Shane Black is the obvious outlier in Predator’s ultra-macho cast. An up-and-coming screenwriter that served as a bit of a studio mole on the famously crazy shoot, Black played Hawkins, the bespectacled comic book nerd who makes a crude vagina joke before getting skinned alive.
Despite his small role in Predator, Black is one of the most successful members of the cast. As a screenwriter, Black wrote several influential action screenplays, including Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, and The Long Kiss Goodnight (and, er, Last Action Hero). Black often commits a screenwriting sin by cracking wise and adding wry asides in his text, a style that amusingly aggravates the shit out of a lot of writers who derisively call them “Shane Blackisms.”
An example of a Shane Blackism from his Lethal Weapon script: “EXT. POSH BEVERLY HILLS HOME – TWILIGHT | The kind of house that I’ll buy if this movie is a huge hit.”
In 2005, Black wrote and directed cult favorite Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, and is currently directing a modestly budgeted franchise picture that he co-wrote, which only a handful of people will see: Iron Man 3.
Kevin Peter Hall – The Predator
In Brief: Super Tall, Dead
Replacing Jean Claude Van-Damme as the Predator after the The Muscles from Brussels complained his way out of the job, seven-foot-tall Kevin Peter Hall enjoyed an unlikely and, unfortunately, brief career as an actor. Aside from playing the Predator in the first two films, Hall also donned the furry costume of Harry in Harry and the Hendersons, and was briefly considered to play either Geordie LeForge or Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Hall contracted HIV from a blood transfusion sometime in the late 1980’s and died from pneumonia in 1991. He was 35.