AvPGalaxy has posted an interview with Ian Whyte, who plays the Predator in Alien vs. Predator 2. He gives some insight into the stunts that he performs and some insight into working inside a creature suit for the original Alien vs. Predator as well as AvP2 which arrives in theatres on December 21, 2007.
Here is a snippet from the interview:
AvPGalaxy - How many stunts did you do in the first film? Have you done any in the second one?
Ian Whyte - With this sort of performance stunts are a bit of a grey area. The role demands a great deal of action performance which often crosses over into stunt performance. On AVP I was a little frustrated at what I was allowed and not allowed to do, since then I have tried to maintain some sort of control over what stunts I do myself and what has to be done by a stunt double, but producers are not very accommodating when it comes to letting a lead performer perform dangerous stunts. The entire movie could be in jeopardy if anything were to go wrong, so it all really comes down to the relationship that you build with the stunt coordinator and your double and making sure that they understand what the performance requires. In AVP I had a stunt man who performed the death defying stuff, including a great deal of the Celtic fight scene, but I did most of the other action myself. In AVP2, the intensity with which the fight scenes were choreographed meant that it had to be a total team effort from beginning to end and I'm glad to say that I had an exceptionally good stunt double who I had complete trust in.
AvPGalaxy - For your role as Scar, did you go back and watch Kevin Peter Hall's performance in the original Predator movies so you would be able to mimic the Predator moves?
Ian Whyte - Yes, absolutely. There was only one frame of reference for me and that was Kevin Peter Hall's performance in the original films. I was aware of the necessity to maintain continuity between his performance and my own and I was also very aware that I would be judged by the original portrayal of the character. However, as all fans of the genre are aware, the Predator dies at the end of every film, therefore any subsequent Predator is going to be a completely different character even though they are the same species. I went through the original films frame by frame and tried to extrapolate little nuances of his performance to maintain some continuity of Predator style body language. The entire character of the Predator is governed by the necessity to convey emotion through body language because it's only when the mask comes off that we can truly see the malevolence within those deep set eyes..
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