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Alien - Nostromo, A Very Bloody Birth

Alien - Nostromo, A Very Bloody Birth

Update: 2019-05-07



00:16 – Robin tells the story of how she met Ron Shusett

02:58 – Introducing today’s episode, Alien: Nostromo

03:21 – Pre-production of Alien

04:56 – Casting Alien

05:46 – The controversy behind Sigourney Weaver landing the lead role of Ellen Ripley

09:27 – Figuring out the pacing of Alien

14:16 – An incredible crisis that developed among the actors of Alien

18:51 – Giving Hollywood executives an ultimatum

21:11 – The Chestburster Scene

25:29 – Shooting in chronological order from the Chestburster scene on

26:47 – Ron shares another behind the scenes moment from shooting Alien

29:14 – The nursery set

30:42 – The impregnation of the alien

Tweetable Quotes

“Sigourney got it by giving a brilliant reading. She was off-Broadway in a hit and they gave her a cold reading and she knocked it out of the park.” (06:07 )

“They were all not-name stars. They were all proven successes as character actors, but none of them could be prima donnas. But halfway through there became an incredible crisis with the whole cast. They almost all quit.” (14:28 )

“And so I said, “The movie doesn’t seem to be working. It’s slow and plodding. It’s the right version of the script but the pacing is off. It’s funereal instead of suspenseful.” (10:17 )

“And from then on, they were really scared of that monster. They’re performances showed it.” (25:08 )


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Artwork by Barbara Mastej

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Alien - Nostromo, A Very Bloody Birth

Alien - Nostromo, A Very Bloody Birth

Ronald Shusett, Robin Maxwell, Harry Duran