4. Yaphet Kotto Attempted to Change His Fate
One of the most entertaining anecdotes about the filming of Alien came courtesy of Yaphet Kotto, who played Chief Engineer Parker. Kotto was obsessed with improvisation, and on the day he was supposed to shoot his death scene he insisted to Scott that he was going to survive.
(Source: the book Alien Vault)
3. Sigourney Weaver Landed the Behind-The-Back Shot in One Take
In Alien: Resurrection, Ripley drops a basketball through a hoop from half court from behind her back. She trained for two weeks to make the shot and did it right when the camera started rolling, prompting Ron Perelman to break character.
2. Newt Loved the Duct
Child actress Carrie Henn never did another movie after Aliens, which might be for the best. During her scene with Ripley in the air ducts, Henn kept purposely blowing her lines so she could do the three-story slide into the pool of water at the end.
1. The Nostromo Spent 20 Years in Someone’s Driveway
The model ship for the Nostromo in Alien was a massive affair, weighing in at over 500 pounds. But when production was over, it was slated for destruction. 20th Century Fox ended up giving it to collector Bob Burns, who kept it under a tarp in his driveway for two decades.