With a new Predator movie recently announced (one that is directed by a member of the cast, and doesn't sound like another AVP churn-out!), what better time to look back at the actors who made the 1987 man vs monster epic so iconic? There isn't one, so GET TO DE CHAPPA! and check out what the cast are doing now!
Dutch: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Of course, we have to start with our leading man, Arnold Schwarzenegger. By the time Arnie starred in Predator, he was already a star and since then, his career has been your typical '80s action hero in decline'... Oh wait, that's not true at all!
Unless you've been hiding in the mud since 2003, you will be well aware that Mr. Schwarzenegger became Governor of California before returning to the movie business. As for what he's doing now, all I can say is this: Three of Arnold's famous franchises are returning in the upcoming years. While he is set to return as Conan in Conan the Barbarian and as the Terminator in Terminator: Genisys, surely this means it is only a matter of time before the upcoming sequel to Predator names Arnie's Dutch as a central character...
Blain: Jesse Ventura
Arnie isn't the only one to have turned away from acting (at least, for a while) and try for a political career. Jesse Ventura, who was a wrestler and ex-Navy SEAL by the time he featured in Predator, has been working his way up the political ladder. Having also been a Governor, he has stated on many occasions that he may be running for President in 2016.
We might also be seeing a character heavily based on Jesse Ventura in an upcoming movie starring Bradley Cooper. The politician features shortly in the book American Sniper, which is being adapted by Clint Eastwood. Recently, Ventura won a lawsuit against the novel's author, Chris Kyle, who wrote about knocking-out Ventura with a hard punch for insulting George W. Bush and the Iraq War at a serviceman’s wake. Ventura reportedly won $1.845 million in the lawsuit, and it is not known whether the section of the novel will feature in the upcoming movie.
Billy: Sonny Landham
It is not widely known that before his performance in The Warriors, Sonny Landham was acting in the porn industry. Since featuring in Predator, Landham's career has been even more turbulent. By 2008, he had worked his way up to a political position before proudly announcing that he would be running for U.S. Senate. However, he crushed his own dreams on the very same day of his announcement with a racial slur. Nowadays, he's studying for a degree at Eastern Kentucky University.
Mac: Bill Dukes
Since Predator, Bill Dukes has continued to take the movie industry by storm. Without restricting himself to a certain genre, he's created a well-rounded career. It's hard to believe that the bad-ass Mac from Predator was also the director of Sister Act 2, the classic nun-centered comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg.
Nowadays, Bill Duke still has a strong presence in Hollywood as he continues to act, direct and produce a number of movies. His official website (www.billduke.com) describes him this way, and I'm inclined to agree:
Bill Duke is the legendary African American Godfather of American Cinema, who recently received a Lifetime Achievement Tribute from the Directors Guild of America as he joined the ranks of directors Stephen Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Clint Eastwood. But what makes Bill Duke standout from these other directors is the fact that he is a director who paved the way for African Americans in cinema beginning in the early 1970's when Spike Lee was just a teenager.
So when Mac famously said "I'm gunna have me some fun", he wasn't kidding around!
Poncho: Richard Chaves
Richard Chaves might not be running for President, or even Governor, but he is currently featuring as Buzzoose in the seriously odd animation centering on Elf Sparkle. Chaves has voiced the character in both Elf Sparkle Meets Christmas the Horse and Elf Sparkle and the Special Red Dress. As fellow Predator fans, I should advise you NOT to watch the painfully upbeat Christmas cheer, but some of the voiced animals are genuinely hilarious. So, if you want the highlights, head to 00.32 and 4.07 for some inappropriately voiced animals...
Anna: Elpidia Carrillo
Elpidia Carrillo hasn't continued with her success in Hollywood, but still remains totally memorable as Anna in Predator and is still a well-known actress in Mexico. She did, however, support Will Smith in Seven Pounds in 2008. But for a more recent performance, check out her motherly role in the sociopolitical movie Foreign Land, which centers on the treatment of a teenager who discovers he has been living in America illegally and must immigrate to Mexico.
Dillon: Carl Weathers
Carl Weathers was already known as Apollo Creed in Sylvester Stallone's Rocky franchise before he became Dillon in Predator. But since then, there have been two more stand-out roles for the actor. Firstly, he starred as Chubbs, the one-armed golf trainer in Happy Gilmore. But secondly (and more recently), Carl Weathers has featured many times in Arrested Development as... Carl Weathers! The man shows that he doesn't mind making fun of himself by playing a stew-loving version of himself:
Hawkins: Shane Black
In the same year that Predator came out, Shane Black's career drastically changed when he wrote the screenplay for Lethal Weapon. Continuing his work on the franchise, he has stepped up as a major player in the movie industry. His most recent achievement was directing Iron Man 3, which is currently the sixth highest grossing film of all time!
Black has no plans to slow down. In fact, he is booked to direct the next addition to the Predator franchise! Has a man ever been more qualified for the job?
Predator: Kevin Peter Hall
Kevin Peter Hall is sadly no longer with us, having died in 1991 after contracting the AIDS virus during a blood transfusion. As the unsung hero of the movie's iconic alien, I believe Kevin Peter Hall was an influence on movement actors such as Andy Serkis, the go-to guy for motion capture acting. May he rest in peace and be remembered for his work.
Before his untimely death, he had time to suit up as Bigfoot (aka Harry) in Harry and the Hendersons. Personally, I like to think they are somehow related... maybe a hairier, less aggressive cousin? What do we think?
So, what have we learnt from where the cast of Predator are now? That ANYTHING can happen... and it does.