20 Things You Didn’t Know About the ‘Alien’ Franchise

Some fun and fascinating facts from 'Alien,' 'Aliens,' and more.

6. The original cut of Alien was three hours and 12 minutes.

7. The original space jockey prop was 26 feet tall.

8. Most of Alien was shot by Scott with a handheld camera. Art director Roger Christian has stated that “80% of Alien was shot on Ridley’s shoulder.”

9. The famous knife trick in Aliens was sprung on actor Bill Paxton by co-star Lance Henriksen. From Film School Rejects:

According to Henriksen, Paxton had no idea he was going to be part of the “knife trick” scene until it came time to shoot it. Henriksen felt the scene needed something extra, so he and Cameron decided on set Bishop would hold Hudson’s hand down and perform the trick on him. Henriksen also remembers a long night of drinking after shooting this scene followed by a reshoot of the scene, as it looked too fake when they sped the footage up. He accidentally caught Paxton’s pinky with the knife on this reshoot.

10. Bill Paxton improvised most of his lines in Aliens, including his famous, “Game over, man! Game over!” Paxton says “man” 35 times in the film.