The IMDB trivia section is a treasure trove of interesting information (some of it fake, I’m sure) that I’d probably tap into more often if I wasn’t sure most of it would be met with comments like “This is OLD NEWZ, how about some NEW NEWS that happened TODAY, STUPID,” or “I liked this story better when I read it TEN YEARS ago, on YOUR MOM’S PUSSY, YOU LIMP-DICKED SLOTH KISSER.”
Well I’m braving the hate mail and posting this anyway, because it relates to our favorite monkey, Andy Serkis, who’s probably going to get nominated for an Oscar tomorrow. Turns out he almost ruined Predator.
An attempt was made to get shots of the Predator swinging from tree to tree using a monkey in a red special-effects suit. However, the monkey kept removing the suit and the idea was abandoned. [imdb-trivia]
AMAZING! As good as Predator was, imagine how much better it could’ve been if Andy Serkis had been around to play a monkey playing the Predator pretending to be a monkey? Swinging from trees? Hell yeah Andy Serkis can do that. I heard he swung from trees for six months in preparation for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I hear he still swings from trees three hours a day, every day in the private forest in his mansion, just in case they make a sequel. I hear sometimes he gets so tired that he stops to rest on a log, scratches his butt, then smells his finger and falls off.
-thanks to Adam K for the tip.