With his long-gestating The Man Who Killed Don Quixote finally screening to the public this year, Terry Gilliam has been in the news quite a bit, and he’s been saying some interesting/questionable things that haven’t exactly been winning people over.
What now? Well, Gilliam has weirdly turned his attention to Ridley Scott’s Alien, crapping all over the classic 1979 space-horror film in a chat with RogerEbert.com.
“Alien is just a ghost train where something jumps out and you don’t know who’s going to die next,” Gilliam told the site. “When I watched the first Alien, all I kept saying was, ‘Just kill them all and be done with it,’ because you just know that they’re all going to die along the way. In the end, Sigourney Weaver, who we’ve established is a really tough military officer, is running around in her underwear trying to find a cat. Give me a fucking break.”
Gilliam continued, “There are some great moments in it, but the shot that should’ve never been in the film is the one at the end showing the alien getting blown out of the airlock. You see the alien, and it’s just a guy in a rubber suit. Up until then, you only saw bits of the alien, and it seemed to be huge and vast and terrifying. That was so clever. It was like the shark in Jaws. I told Ridley, ‘You don’t want that shot of the alien at the end. Cut it!’”
After trashing Alien, Gilliam noted that he was once offered the chance to direct a sequel, seemingly the project that eventually became David Fincher’s Alien 3.
“I got offered an Alien sequel because I was hot at that time, as a result of Time Bandits and Fisher King, and I just don’t want to do films like that,” Gilliam explained. “They are factory jobs, working for a studio. My last factory job was on the Chevrolet assembly plant in Los Angeles, during my junior year of college, night shift on the line. Never again.”
We’re thinking these comments won’t be winning Gilliam any new fans…