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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. SM
    He was left behind at Third Base.

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  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Kimarhi
    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 at Alien 3. 
  11. Perfect-Organism
    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.

    My cojones are still smarting..
  12. SM
    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.
  13. Kimarhi
    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 7 when Alien 3 came out and didn't watch either of the sequels until I was ten and the original sometimes later.  This was the VHS era and mass distribution of film wasn't like it is now.  At least where I lived.  Plenty of movies to rent, but not very many to own. 

    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. 


  14. Perfect-Organism
    I definitely still want to see the core unit of Ripley, Hicks, and Newt together on an adventure as Newt gets old, BUT I never wanted, nor do I want that perfect family image of the three of them settling down somewhere.  I'm much more into the dysfunctional reunion as presented in Aliens Book 1 from Dark Horse Comics circa 1988.  That made sense at least from the family unit perspective.
  15. [cancerblack]
    Most fan stories I read on deviantart

    Well there's your problem.

    I put a lot of heart and soul into my fanfiction, but at the end of the day, it's fanfiction, written by a singular person. That singular person, no matter how good, bad, or horrendously ugly their fanfiction is, does not represent the fanbase as a whole.


    A hell of a lot of it is wish-fulfillment, so of course it's where you'll find the Happy Families stuff for Aliens. I didn't say anything about quality.
  16. Voodoo Magic
    I think it boils down to people like the idea of ripley and newt and hicks in their eyes would become a family in the sequel and later go and kick aliens asses together as a super family and be immune to getting killed and wasnt wanting the series to remain horror but action movies after Aliens.

    I see this assumed a lot, but none of the unmade Aliens sequels (alternate scripts, DH comics) portrayed Newt, Hicks and Ripley as an anti-Alien fighting family. Most people say they were mad about how the characters were killed off (during the credits after one of the more infamous ass-pulls in recent film history), not that they died.

    Yep, that's the reason as I see it. And definitely not the whole people just want a dumb Alien Ass Kicking Super Family to diminish any real criticisms angle.

    Alien 3's opening alone is tremendously flawed regardless who dies. Killing off characters cold during the opening credits, Hicks, Newt or entirely someone else embodies nothing for the audience except faceless, empty, meaningless, emotionless deaths. Then the viewer is forced to endure the impact of these meaningless deaths as meaningful for a long duration, even though they have built absolutely zero percent of an emotional connection to the audience within this film they're watching. Who are we grieving for? We hope you watched Aliens recently! But hopefully not too many times that you think it was a disservice to them! Such an important event thrown away in opening credit flashes is just jarring and doesn't serve your narrative the best, regardless if there was behind-the-scenes reasons why you had to do it.
  17. judge death
    Most fan stories I read on deviantart and other sites have however most stories about Ripley and hicks and newt being a family and later either weyland yutani or xenomorphs stop their happy lifes.
    But yeah besides that one with hundreds of power loaders, not too many movie scripts have the family idea, thankfully.
  18. Valaquen
    I think it boils down to people like the idea of ripley and newt and hicks in their eyes would become a family in the sequel and later go and kick aliens asses together as a super family and be immune to getting killed and wasnt wanting the series to remain horror but action movies after Aliens.

    I see this assumed a lot, but none of the unmade Aliens sequels (alternate scripts, DH comics) portrayed Newt, Hicks and Ripley as an anti-Alien fighting family. Most people say they were mad about how the characters were killed off (during the credits after one of the more infamous ass-pulls in recent film history), not that they died.
  19. judge death
    I really don't get it, complaining about various aspects of the film's real issues I understand, even if I disagree (pacing, composition, not empathising, editing) but I never seen the deaths of two/three of the most cliché characters in cinema to be one of them.
    I think it boils down to people like the idea of ripley and newt and hicks in their eyes would become a family in the sequel and later go and kick aliens asses together as a super family and be immune to getting killed and wasnt wanting the series to remain horror but action movies after Aliens. Most fans of Aliens from my experience just to see more of Ripley and Hicks, more marines and weapons fighting even more xenomorphs and new versions of it, aliens v2. Wasnt there even a script for Alien 3 made with just that and some battle scene with hundreds of powerloaders and alien queens and marines and xenos battling it out? xD
    Pretty much that is what I hear most fans wanted and well myself too when I was 10 years old.

    Now: Hell no, prefer what Alien 3 did actually and the idea of a super family fighting aliens went out the window.
  20. Voodoo Magic
    What's an after-fart? And do I want to know?

    "A small emission of flatus, often harmless and non-noxious. Normally expelled immediately following the recovery period, during which the anus relaxes post-large fart. After-farts are most often bubbly or squeeky in tone, and typically register at or above an 8 on the Flatial Tonus Scale".

    . . . I'm very sorry, Hicks.

    You released the Kraken.

    There goes your invite to the Rolston interview extravaganza!
  21. TheSailingRabbit
    What's an after-fart? And do I want to know?

    "A small emission of flatus, often harmless and non-noxious. Normally expelled immediately following the recovery period, during which the anus relaxes post-large fart. After-farts are most often bubbly or squeeky in tone, and typically register at or above an 8 on the Flatial Tonus Scale".

    . . . I'm very sorry, Hicks.
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