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Ralph Brown Talks Further About His Experiences on Alien 3!

Back in October of 2016, Ralph Brown shared a very candid post on his blog about his nightmare experiences while working on Alien 3. The content of the post came from diaries he kept while working on the film and detailed a lot of issues he had while portraying Aaron, such as his poor relationship with Sigourney Weaver.

After several years, Ralph has uploaded another fantastic and cadid blog post in which he continues to share his experiences working on the extremely (putting it lightly) troubled production that was Alien 3. In addition to talking about exploring the Pinewood studios with his fellow cast, he also goes into further detail about that tumultuous relationship with Sigourney.

One day on set Sigourney and I had a scene on a balcony, after the fire. Men had died.  The Alien was trapped, locked in a loading bay. Dutton and his men were praying below us.  The scene wasn’t going well.  But we got it at around 8.00pm and Fincher pulled me aside.  “Dude.  She vampired that scene. Don’t worry I can cut around what you did, we got it.  But you’re letting her get to you.”  I think I said that I was trying to stand my ground.  “If you ever need to leave the set, take five minutes, regain your centre, just say it OK?  I got your back.”  It was another welcome acknowledgement that I wasn’t paranoid.  I went home, cuddled my lady and gritted my teeth for the long haul.  I had to try and protect my performance at the end of the day, that was what mattered.

 Ralph Brown Talks Further About His Experiences on Alien 3!

Ralph also discusses his interactions with the other crew, his experience with ADR on Alien 3 and plenty more! Head on over to Ralph’s blog to check out the entire post! If you haven’t already, make sure you also check out his first post about Alien 3! Thanks to @BwmMarketing for the heads-up.

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  1. HuDaFuK
    Reminds me of when Titan went from the smaller paperback size to the larger one, but still printed a few books in both so that I ended up with the 2014 novel trilogy in all different sizes.

    I didn't even realise I had OCD until then.
  2. Mr. Clemens
    I've got his books on Star Wars IV and VI, and they're each equally fascinating. RotJ was a gift, and I was secretly thinking, "is a book about RotJ really gonna be as interesting as a book about Star Wars?". Short answer: yes.  :D
  3. Local Trouble
    2. She was credited as a "co-producer" on the film, and actually had the authority to make decisions about what took place on screen. It was the first time she had been in that position, according to IMDb. And she superseded Fincher in authority (and especially Ralph Brown), as directors are beneath producers, especially 27-year-old music video directors. She could have been exercising her right to vocalize what she did and didn't want based on her position within the production staff as a co-producer, which she was entitled to do.

    Don't forget that she also had three Oscar nominations under her belt by then as well.  I'm sure that kind of thing can go to anyone's head.
  4. Hudson
    This confirms my thoughts that weaver thinks she is the alien franchise

    I think that's kind of a fair assessment, but I have a couple other theories.

    1. She may have been method acting in a way. Considering Brown mentions that plenty of other actors didn't have the same relationship with her (based on their claims) that he describes in his diaries, she may have been working behind the scenes to affect their on-screen chemistry. Aaron behaves in a manner around Ripley that's kind of uncomfortable and insecure, but based on his character he's also the insecure second in command who merely goes around repeating what Andrews says and trying to look tough, when we know he's just doing that outwardly rather than evoking who he really is at his core. He's clearly terrified of the prisoners and the Alien, and also Ripley. I think it works on screen. Plus, Brown admits that she apologized to him afterwards, so it ended up not being as personal as it felt in the moment, at least in the long term. Of course, if what he says about Fincher is true, that he was constantly on his side in the context of his interactions with Weaver, and his quote about her "vampiring" the scene or whatever, then maybe she was just being mean and egotistical. But I find it kind of hard to believe that's the case.

    2. She was credited as a "co-producer" on the film, and actually had the authority to make decisions about what took place on screen. It was the first time she had been in that position, according to IMDb. And she superseded Fincher in authority (and especially Ralph Brown), as directors are beneath producers, especially 27-year-old music video directors. She could have been exercising her right to vocalize what she did and didn't want based on her position within the production staff as a co-producer, which she was entitled to do.
  5. The1PerfectOrganism
    The correct course of action is to create a Alien film or even TV-Series as a tightly written drama first and foremost, something like a mix of Black Mirror, The Terror and Chernobyl. Horror ontop.

    Get people invested (new stories, new characters, new protagonists) and then, only then, horrify them.
  6. Fiendishly Inventive
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    I just don't understand is why people want more Sigourney Weaver.

    As part of what made her unique, is no fate, no destiny, no sword in the stone. Ripley's a nobody, and anyone's capable of survival if they're crafty enough.

    You undermine it all if you draw out Ripley's presence any further, especially nearly 28 years after the character perished.
  7. Hudson
    "I'm still holding out for one more with Sigourney Weaver."
    I'm against the notion of it.

    I just don't understand the mentality behind comparing them, as if they're so unique.

    Great. Noted.

    But the mentality behind comparing two characters who are each the centerpiece of their respective stints in the franchise? Seems to make sense to me. Are you saying Ripley and David are not unique from each other? lol wut?

    And we don't need you to understand the mentality. It's not a pathological condition; it's a matter of personal taste.
  8. Fiendishly Inventive
    "I'm still holding out for one more with Sigourney Weaver."
    I'm against the notion of it, in fact I just don't understand the mentality behind it at all.

    As for Ripley Vs David, they're each so unique, one's a protagonist and one's a antagonist for a start.


  9. Hudson
    I don't get that argument at all, because David isn't great, means Ripley is necessary?

    No thank you, I'm beyond done and tired of hearing the Ripley name attached to the franchise/saga.

    I said his occupation of the void left by Ripley wasn't meaningful for me, not that it logically meant Ripley is necessary. I didn't even say David "isn't great." David's an interesting character in some ways, but he's become a pretty simple villain. Good lord, chill out.
  10. Fiendishly Inventive
    I don't get that argument at all, because David isn't great, means Ripley is necessary?

    No thank you, I'm beyond done and tired of hearing the Ripley name attached to the franchise/saga. The first three are an arc, the fourth isn't Ripley and it's basically a parody.
  11. Hudson
    I mean, the first 4 films comprise a character arc that gives the typical monster movie quite a bit of substance. I'm still holding out for one more with Sigourney, however unlikely it may be. David hasn't occupied her absence in a meaningful way for me.
  12. Hudson
    Huh. Part II was a good read, but I wish he still had more of his diaries to transcribe.

    Also wish there was more on Richard E. Grant at the end, considering he did screen tests or something, whatever that footage is they show in the doc. Still pretty great though. I definitely wish more of these Alien 3 actors had some words about the production, particularly some of the background people.

    Speaking of which, William and Arthur are f**king tall!
  13. HuDaFuK
    One of the documentaries has some choice lines from him about the production.

    Needless to say, much like Brown, he thought it was a lot better before the studio cut it to pieces.
  14. Xeno_from_Chino
    Whiskeybrewer Posted 2 days ago
    Quote from: Xeno_from_Chino on Jun 07, 2019, 07:21:50 AM
    Fun fact, Ralph Brown also played Del Preston in Wayne's World 2.

    "I beat him to death with his own shoes"

    "That is why Keith (Richards) cannot be killed by conventional Weapons"
     ;D
  15. SM
    Sigourney doesn't like guns so they ditched them.
    Sigourney saw Ripley as a solo character and didn't want someone else hogging the spotlight which I can only assume is why they got rid of Newt and Hicks.
    Her acting was fine but the producers weren't the only ones responsible for the problems with Alien 3.
    Unrelated but she was awful in The Defenders.

    Twohy and Red wrote scripts for Alien 3 without Hicks and Newt - and also no Ripley.

    And she was cool in Defenders.
  16. HashTag_TheSwag
    Sigourney doesn't like guns so they ditched them.
    Sigourney saw Ripley as a solo character and didn't want someone else hogging the spotlight which I can only assume is why they got rid of Newt and Hicks.
    Her acting was fine but the producers weren't the only ones responsible for the problems with Alien 3.
    Unrelated but she was awful in The Defenders.
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