Below you’ll find various bits of Predator 2 trivia
John McTiernan was offered the chance to direct but turned it down to work on The Hunt for Red October.
- The plot underwent a few changes in its earliest stages. Gary Busey’s character, Keyes, was actually intended to be Dutch, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character from the first film. Schwarzenegger was very outspoken against the sequel’s concept, feeling that taking it into the city was a bad idea, and declined the role.
- According to writers Jim Thomas and John Thomas, a Predator sequel had not been planned and they had to wait to see how successful the Predator comic book series would be. After the series was a hit, producer Joel Silver was finally able to convince Fox to make the sequel, which was immediately greenlit.
- During the finale when the elder Predator hands Danny Glover the gun dating from 1715, writers Jim Thomas and John Thomas had conceived an idea for a possible Predator movie which would take place in a time where was no modern weapons available to combat them, much like the finale of the original Predator.
- With more time than the original Predator, Stan Winston, Stephen Hopkins and Lawrence G. Paull came up with ideas and designs with more exotic weapons (the retractable spear, the detachable pincers, the Frisbee blade, the net, etc.) for the Predator to use to differentiate this film from the previous one.
- The original storyline of the film was to have taken place in New York City, but writers Jim Thomas and John Thomas quickly changed it to Los Angeles because of budget concerns. The scene where the Predator raises the skull during the lighting storm was to have taken place atop the Chrysler Building.
The scenes where the Predator attacks the subway were shot on a massive soundstage at Fox. The scenes where the train is actually moving was shot in Oakland, California, with actual subway trains running.
- Rubén Blades was giving a live TV interview to Good Morning America from the set of this movie. During the interview, director Stephen Hopkins walked on camera and ordered Blades back to work very loudly. The incident was so embarrassing, Blades and Hopkins did another interview days later to apologize.
- For the sequence where King Willy meets his demise at the hands of the predator in the alley, wind and water fans were used to simulate the predator walking on water before it is finally seen during one quick shot as its image is reflected on the water.
- The gunfight in East LA was shot in three long days with the exception of the interiors of the building which was shot on the Fox lot.
- The slaughterhouse sequence took about four days to shoot and was extremely difficult, according to director Stephen Hopkins, due to the amount of water used and the lighting of the sequence.
- When the Predator gets shot in the slaughterhouse sequence by Danny Glover, Kevin Peter Hall had blood packets filled with the luminescent fluid from a “glow stick” mixed with K-Y jelly attached to his body to create the glowing, green blood.
- Kevin Peter Hall had studied African tribal dances in order to get into the feel and flexibility of the Predator and to give him a personality.
- Respirators were required during the slaughterhouse sequence due to the debris and chemicals that had filled up inside the set.
- This was the first film to be given the newly instituted NC-17 rating in the US for its graphic violence before it was re-cut to its final theatrical length. The film was re-cut over 20 times, according to director Stephen Hopkins, because of more graphic shots of mutilated bodies and decapitations by the Predator.
- The following scenes were deleted from the final cut of the film:
- A subplot involving Maria Conchita Alonso’s character pregnancy.
- The chase sequence where Danny Glover tracks the Predator all the way to the slaughterhouse distract was extensively longer.
- Gore and mutilations in all the murders the Predator had done including Bill Paxton’s in the tunnel.
- The Predator’s sounds consist of pre-recorded animal sounds from cats, tigers, lions, bears, etc.
The skull of a creature that resembles the ones in Alien and Aliens is on the wall in the Predator’s trophy room. Putting the Alien skull on the trophy case on the Predator ship was the idea of Stan Winston’ as a way of showing off all the different species and creatures that the Predators have hunted and killed. Since Fox had owned the Alien franchise, it was easy to obtain the rights to use the Alien head in the film.
- The Jamaican voodoo posse gangs seen in the film were based on actual gangs that were terrorizing New York City and Kansas City at one point in the mid- to late-1980s.
- Bill Paxton has been killed or assaulted in some way by an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator.
- The spear weapon that was used in the film disappeared and was reported as stolen after filming was completed.
- The last name of the character “Danny” (Rubén Blades) is “Archuleta”. J. Tom Archuleta was the second assistant director of both this movie and Predator.
- Voodoo is not actually practiced in Jamaica but in Haiti. The Jamaican religion similar to voodoo is called obeah.
- Bill Paxton previously starred in Aliens.
- At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to co-star in the film, but chose to do Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) instead.
- At one point, Patrick Swayze was approached to star in the film but was unable because he was injured during the filming of Road House (1989).
- Elpidia Carrillo, who played Anna in the first Predator film, has her name listed in the sequel’s credits. She appears briefly during the scene inside Peter Keyes’ mobile headquarters. When Keyes (Gary Busey) describes how the creature activated a self-destruct device in the first film, you can briefly spot Anna on one of the video screens. Carrillo filmed a debriefing scene in which she talks to the camera and describes the events of the first film, but it was cut from the sequel.