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Thomas Jane Talks Character’s Backstory in The Predator

In a new interview on Shadow Nation with Shaun Burris and Nathan Schoonover, The Predator’s Thomas Jane spoke a little about his time working on The Predator. The juiciest piece of information comes in the form of some backstory about his character and some early setup for the film. Beware spoilers:

“We play these veterans from like Afghanistan, Iraq war or whatever. But we’re all fucking crazy so we go to the VA hospital to get our meds. We’re all like shellshocked, PTSD… soldiers. We’re at the VA hospital and we’re in group therapy and of course, somebody flips out…this is backstory, I don’t think we really see this…somebody flips out and we all get arrested and get thrown onto the bus to go down to the hospital and they throw this other guy on the bus too.

And he’s a guy they’ve actually marked to kill him because he’s seen a UFO, he’s seen the Predator ships come down so they lock him up and throw him in with us lunatics. They’re going to take that bus, drive it down to a ditch and shoot us all just to get rid of this one guy. But, of course, we take the bus over and we’re all like “fuck that man, let’s go kill these fucking Predators ourselves” and we’re just crazy enough to believe that this guy really did see a UFO and there’s these aliens out there. So that’s kinda cool!” 

Jane starts to talk The Predator at around the 45 minute mark. We don’t know which exact character Jane is playing but we know he’s one of the group of characters collectively referred to in the script as The Loonies. The character Jane refers to being thrown on the bus with the others is none other than Boyd Holbrook’s McKenna.

 Thomas Jane Talks Character's Backstory in The Predator

Thomas Jane on the set of The Predator with fellow cast members.

Jane also talked a little about the overall experience of working on The Predator and his impression of the film:

“I can just say I had a blast. We had a great cast, with this terrific ensemble with all these great actors. And Shane Black, he wrote and directed it so it has that kind of Shane Black humor. We had a blast. It was funny. You know the Predators, they looked…you know they didn’t fuck those up. They’re still Predators and they’re pretty much the same Predator as always. I think it might be great. I tell you the acting is going to be pretty good…I’m going to be good in it!” 

We’re still some months off the promotion machine kicking in for The Predator. Shane Black was recently asked about when we could expect a trailer. The director and writer told his Twitter followers that it wouldn’t be coming until January time.

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  1. Huggs
    If in the last moment of some Character's life, Jane tears off his jacket to reveal a punisher shirt and begins firing an m4 at the predator, I'll jump through the ceiling with freakin' glee. God I've always wanted to see that. The punisher tracking some elusive serial killer that turns out to be a predator. Alas, there is no hope.  :'(
  2. KiramidHead
    I do think there's something unsettling in certain moments, like the first few POV sequences before you really know what's happening, and the first few shots of the cloaked Predator where you can't really wrap your head around what you're seeing. That's kind of a one time type of scary, though, that no sequel could really replicate.
  3. skhellter
    Predator are fun cool action movies with a lot of tension, atmosphere and R Rated violence
    and one of the all time best monster designs ever put on film.

    Dont gimme any of this "He Used to be scary!" nonsense.

    It was only scary because some of you saw it when you were kids.
    It was "scary" due to bad parenting.  ;D
  4. TheBATMAN
    Hmm, that's a controversial opinion. I'd say the first film has its fair share of horror elements. Being stuck in a never-ending jungle environment being hunted and picked off one by one by a silent, invisible killer would be pretty terrifying.

    Predator affected me a lot more than Aliens did when I was a nipper.
  5. Vin
    I love Thomas Jane. He was the finest Punisher, still to this day.

    But this Predator movie looks just absolutely horrible. Like something for moms and kids to have a "spooky night" with a hot tub of popcorn.

    Me and my friend as kids watched the first 2 Predators, and what them so scary was they hunted you. They hunted people like people would hunt a deer or wolf. They used hunting tricks, bait, different weapons, camo, all that. And they were more advanced, they were superior hunting experts who were religious and had a strong, deep culture that made them feel like so much more.

    Predator should be where the hunting tricks get amped up even further. Have "human decoys" that don't look fake till you walk up on them. That's horrifying. Have scents and sounds like a warm camp fire or something relaxing wafting through the air to get you to come to it, only for you to be staring at a tree with a sound and scent box. Maybe go to drink out of your canteen and get hooked in the mouth, or something. Something truly horrifying like that episode of Rocko's Modern Life when the fish were hunting the fishermen. It was kind of funny, but really frightening.
    Let there be maybe 4 or 5 of them. They said the original Predator was based on South American head hunters and tribal masks. Why not expand on that? Do away completely with that stupid, cringey stuff and give them much more tribal looking masks. Let them be more spiritual and superstitious rather than "bad ass samurai celt" shit. Let us see more of them as a spiritual, foreign, and complicated peoples who still see us as just deer to hunt. It's horrifying and exciting at the same time. Base them more on Australian Aborigines and South American Indians rather than "fad of the year". Let them have a female predator with them (according to comics, they were twice as big as the males) but she's sort of a "grandmother", or holy shaman woman, who gives spiritual whatever while they hunt.

    Thats a story. Not this...suburban 13 year old power fantasy fan-fic.

    So you want more beefcake.
    I think you judge this movie too harshly before viewing
    Everyone here i am sure has a idea they think is better then what we get to see.
    But get over it because untill this is panned and flops
    We should be glad this is happening at all with this range of talent working on it

    You sound unhappy with more then just this script
    Perhaps take a look in the mirror and get some therapy
  6. BigDaddyJohn
    Is there any chances that they dont use the previously leaked script for the movie? Robert Rodrigues original script was also crazy and totally incompetent with rest of the Predator universe, and how it ends? They dont even use it. If they really use the script we saw, than I would be hardly dissapointed, it will kill me as a big Predator fan.

    I think they will use most of what we know now, but for me it depends greatly on the execution. All evidence (the actors, locations photos) points toward the fact that this script is going to be what we will have on screen, maybe with some changes though, but i think the core of the story will not be massively changed.
  7. Petr Švancara
    Is there any chances that they dont use the previously leaked script for the movie? Robert Rodrigues original script was also crazy and totally incompetent with rest of the Predator universe, and how it ends? They dont even use it. If they really use the script we saw, than I would be hardly dissapointed, it will kill me as a big Predator fan.
  8. BigDaddyJohn
    The only thing off to me is predators in pants but i bet it will come off as a funny moment and make sense in the film..
    Also a kid who bullys an autistic and gets his head blown off sounds awesome

    A predator ia a suburb would come off like a slasher film in a way i think. And could be very creepy to think of a predator stalking or sneaking  in a home if for only a portion of the films location.

    All comes down to how you film it and what you show or how you show it

    I don't remember precisely of a scene where we have a predator stalking people in the old fashioned way in a  suburb.I mean clearly HUNTING people the way we are used to see them do. It was more action sequences happening in this location, IIRC.
  9. So
    Do you not like that an autistic kid is the only one smart enough ? Or that it is a kid or just that a human flys a ship ?

    I grew up in the 80's  and i am fine with this even if it is not an ideal idea
    I can think of two movies i liked growing up with kids doing just this.
    It is only a small part of the plot from what i gather ?

    And it is not as dumb as a predator making out with lex at the end of avp and i have sat through that hunk of junk more times than i like to think
  10. Not worried
    The only thing off to me is predators in pants but i bet it will come off as a funny moment and make sense in the film..
    Also a kid who bullys an autistic and gets his head blown off sounds awesome

    A predator ia a suburb would come off like a slasher film in a way i think. And could be very creepy to think of a predator stalking or sneaking  in a home if for only a portion of the films location.

    All comes down to how you film it and what you show or how you show it
  11. Early draft
    I am surprised people focus so little on it being an early draft.  My guess is a lot of the bull shit the leakers talk about have been changed or come off better on screen then paper.

    Lot can change to a script from one draft to the next..those fillers might have been just for the early scripts.

    And not set in stone plot points. .?
  12. BigDaddyJohn
    Yes the whole script leaked, but to be honest i didn't read it entirely to keep some surprises in store. Maybe there will be some changes, but i don't expect major stuff to be changed though.
  13. BigDaddyJohn
    Not even close to TP ideas. They'll elicit reactions, that's certain.

    Ideas based on the script or Thomas Jane's interview?
    Script

    I haven't read the script but has anything Jane said deviated from the script?

    No, it's pretty much in line with what's in the script.
  14. Hollywood
    If you find out some kind of vital secret to do with UFOs and threaten to go public, you could be plausibly targeted for assassination.

    Just randomly witnessing one isn't going to lead to that, however...
    Do you think Shane Black was smart enough to make that conclusion or are yout assuming Jane's brief summary is literal in that his lack of intricate detail means the film has no intricate detail?

    Quote
    This has a very fan-ficcy vibe to it. :-\
    Can say that about any idea presented especially if you have poor vision of the execution.
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