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Michael Biehn Talks Career, Meeting James Cameron, Aliens & Sore Spot That is Alien 3

For many fans the demise of Michael Biehn’s Corporal Hicks and Carrie Henns’ Newt was something of a letdown when it comes to Alien 3. The fans weren’t the only ones. Biehn has always been honest about his disappointment regarding Hicks’ fate.

And in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter that covers his career and his notable roles, Biehn talked about finding out about Hicks’ fate:

Alien 3, the troubled 1992 directorial debut from David Fincher, saw Hicks and the young girl Newt (Carrie Henn) die in a crash after the events of Aliens — a move that essentially negated the climactic events of Cameron’s sequel. Unbeknownst to Biehn, the production planned on using his Hicks in the film — and had created a fake version of the character with his chest burst open, apparently after incubating an alien Xenomorph. Biehn got word from a producer friend, and called up his agent, furious. After tense negotiating, Biehn and Limato killed the chest-burster idea, but gave permission to use his picture in the film — in exchange for a big payday.

Biehn has often spoken about the chestbursted fate of Hicks but until recently it’s not been something that has shown up in any of the scripts or behind-the-scenes material. Back in April the Alien Archives shared some pages used for reshoots of Alien 3 in LA.

 Michael Biehn Talks Career, Meeting James Cameron, Aliens & Sore Spot That is Alien 3

Biehn also revealed that he has never seen any of the Alien sequels after his own Aliens, stating he didn’t want to put himself “through the pain of ‘I could have done so much better than that.'”

The interview also covers a lot of Biehn’s other roles including The Terminator and Tombstone, his disappointment over Avatar, and naturally his time on Aliens where he recalled the late-and-great Bill Paxton:

“When Bill entered a room, you knew he was in the room. He was full of joy. He was upbeat,” says Biehn of the late actor, who died unexpectedly in 2017. “I never heard Bill say a bad word about anybody. We did five films together. When you count them all up…that’s about a year [of shooting].”

 Michael Biehn Talks Career, Meeting James Cameron, Aliens & Sore Spot That is Alien 3

Since Aliens, Biehn has reprised the role of Hicks in the hugely disappointing Aliens: Colonial Marines, and most recently in Audible’s audio drama adaptation of William Gibson’s Alien 3 (which I loved!) in which Hicks took the leading role! Be sure to head on over to The Hollywood Reporter to check out the rest of the interview!

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  1. Huggs
    It needed to fail with critics and fans and not make much money.

     :laugh:

    Zing!  Well said.

    Retcon it.

    Just because they make another movie doesn't mean it ain't still the true and holy gospel.

    https://78.media.tumblr.com/9844ddb0e65fac7f3ba3eb4c7d1266b9/tumblr_o72r6robSX1vtymcko3_500.gif

    That's revisionist cinematography.

    https://cdn.quotesgram.com/small/72/64/116198863-Robert-in-Tropic-Thunder-robert-downey-jr-4499982-720-480.jpg

    Alien 3 still loves you.

     ;D
  2. Perfect-Organism
    Perfect-Organism says Hicks was quiet and reserved, but that in no way says he was a pacifist. I would also say quiet and reserved (at the start) , but also reluctant, as in, reluctant for leadership or responsibility. That bit where Ripley points out to Burke that Hicks is the successor in the chain of command, and Hicks's shoulders slump and he sighs so heavily - priceless!

    I've always imagined him as coasting through his time, lack of ambition holding him back from further promotion. Ricco Ross says after 2weeks of James Remar he could barely recognise Hicks in what Biehn was doing with the character. Remar was forthright and dominant; Biehn was low key  and softly spoken, and it took Ross a while to understand Biehn's acting choices and overall interpretation. I think we lucked out there.

    TC

    You got it.  Hicks was played brilliantly by Biehn.  Literally one of the best action characters I’ve seen.  He has no patience for BS.  Is so at ease with himself he can fall asleep during a space drop, yet that doesn’t mean he is incompetent.  He always rises to the occasion without any Mach bravado.  Just all serious.  All business.  There are so many layers to the character and to Biehn’s performance.  You see it furthered in Coffey in the Abyss, but after that, he never really gets a chance to shine in a big role.  It really was a terrible loss all around that Biehn didn’t get a chance to reprise his role.  Hopefully that chance will come soon.
  3. Kimarhi
    There are  the Geneva Conventions, and then there are situations where your squad got decimated light years away from support, and you have dozens of nightmare creatures wanting to snack on you and then you have a saboteur to boot. Survival will trump the rules when you are in extenuating circumstances. From Hicks POV, Burke might as well have been pointing a gun at him and the others.

    I don't disagree, but it's not Captain America approved.
  4. razeak
    There are  the Geneva Conventions, and then there are situations where your squad got decimated light years away from support, and you have dozens of nightmare creatures wanting to snack on you and then you have a saboteur to boot. Survival will trump the rules when you are in extenuating circumstances. From Hicks POV, Burke might as well have been pointing a gun at him and the others.
  5. TC
    Perfect-Organism says Hicks was quiet and reserved, but that in no way says he was a pacifist. I would also say quiet and reserved (at the start) , but also reluctant, as in, reluctant for leadership or responsibility. That bit where Ripley points out to Burke that Hicks is the successor in the chain of command, and Hicks's shoulders slump and he sighs so heavily - priceless!

    I've always imagined him as coasting through his time, lack of ambition holding him back from further promotion. Ricco Ross says after 2weeks of James Remar he could barely recognise Hicks in what Biehn was doing with the character. Remar was forthright and dominant; Biehn was low key  and softly spoken, and it took Ross a while to understand Biehn's acting choices and overall interpretation. I think we lucked out there.

    TC
  6. Kimarhi
    Depends on how many Marines they had left.  Had the Aliens stayed at the processer and made it back with the crew they had left they could've managed him.


    If it would've been down to the crew at the end with no standing Marines..................prob ably not. 
  7. Local Trouble
    I have no doubt that Hicks would waste Burke, but Ripley was about to talk him down before the Aliens showed up.  I'm sure cooler heads would have prevailed, but I'm curious how Gorman would have treated him after that.
  8. Perfect-Organism
    I don’t recall that in the book, though my recall of what I read a quarter century ago is a bit fuzzy.  Anyway, it’s a really silly direction to take the characters in.  Hicks was basically the equivalent of Captain America in Aliens.  That’s why he’s such an admirable character.  Quiet, reserved, yet with a strength that comes out under pressure.  Truly one of the great movie heroes of all time.
  9. SM
    Possibly.  I flipped through it the other day, and there's a couple of points where Wilks is wondering if his feelings are paternal or something more.  And Billie wonders what it would be like with Wilks, but she's also unsure of the nature of their bond.  I don't think it's prominent enough to call it a plot point though.
  10. SM
    He was left behind at Third Base.

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  11. Huggs


    Had a good cover.

    I loved both of the covers for Female War. But the Dorman one of the Queen in the flames is fantastic.

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/aliens-female-war-review-01.jpg

    Still got that one.

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    Then their attraction became a whole plot point in Female War. I really hated that angle.

    Don't remember that.  I do remember they were both shagging other people though.

    Yeah, she was bonking that
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  12. SM
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    Then their attraction became a whole plot point in Female War. I really hated that angle.

    Don't remember that.  I do remember they were both shagging other people though.

  13. Corporal Hicks
    There's a very brief moment of sexual tension when Wilks and Billie are donning space suits on the Macarthur and Billie is having problems with the crotch plate.  I wouldn't call it a 'come on.'  It's an acknowledgement that both of them have been thinking about it.

    Then their attraction became a whole plot point in Female War. I really hated that angle.

    Had a good cover.

    I loved both of the covers for Female War. But the Dorman one of the Queen in the flames is fantastic.

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/aliens-female-war-review-01.jpg
  14. SM
    There's a very brief moment of sexual tension when Wilks and Billie are donning space suits on the Macarthur and Billie is having problems with the crotch plate.  I wouldn't call it a 'come on.'  It's an acknowledgement that both of them have been thinking about it.

    Mark Verheiden understood best IMO where the series should go.  Mostly.  He built the character of Hicks into one of my favourite comic book heroes ever.

    Then he was restored to his rightful place as sidekick in Earth War.
  15. Local Trouble
    And then Perry ruined him by having him come onto Newt.

    Wow, did that really happen?  I haven't read those novels in decades and I just don't recall that.  Was it a poor interpretation of Newt's dream in the first issue of the Beauvais series?

    Yeah, I thought it was only a dream.  At least, it was when it was Hicks and Newt.  Maybe Perry changed it for Wilks and Billie?
  16. Voodoo Magic
    Unlike the mega fans like us, the majority of film fans of the world didn't turn to comics for continuing adventures though, and therefore had no such expectations.

    It's always about execution. Even where kiddies are concerned, you can even kill off their beloved animal main characters and superhero main characters and the little folk will be fine with it, provided it's done well.
  17. judge death
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    People can say what they want, but as someone who lived through the time the comics were being published post newt and hicks, MANY people wanted what judge said.

    Those three were going to become the bug killing jedi of the Alien verse.
    Glad to hear this and Im not the only one who noticed that and yeah the comics also in late 80s and early 90s made Hicks and Newt and Ripley into anti alien heroes, maybe not a happy family but they always foudn eachother and went out on adventures together. oh well :P
  18. Perfect-Organism
    As long as you don't look too closely at Newt being abandoned by both her 'parents'.

    People can say what they want, but as someone who lived through the time the comics were being published post newt and hicks, MANY people wanted what judge said.

    Those three were going to become the bug killing jedi of the Alien verse.


    I didn't have the years of attachment to the characters that people did.  I was when Alien 3 came out and didn't watch the sequels until I was ten and the original sometimes later.

    So despite Aliens being my favorite movie for much of a decade, it still didn't quite kick me in the nuts like it did people who watched Aliens in 86 (I was one year old) and then waited 7 years for those characters to be killed off. 




    True dis.

    I'm talking purely from all the write in columns in the back of the individual issues that were unhappy about the Alien 3 deaths of Hicks and Newt. 

    I think most people realized the comics were unofficial sequels, so they expected the film to rewrite the comics anyways (hence people not being that upset at that separation).  People were mad for years afterwards.

    I was too young to realize that the comics didn't really matter.  I thought what was written was what would eventually end up on screen in some way.  The let down was really something else.
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