The Pestle


Ep 210: “Predator”

October 18, 2022

We target Arnold Schwarzenegger’s regular “Predator” and discuss:

  • Cinematography, framing bodybuilders;
  • Predator fun facts;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

This story’s gonna grab people. It’s about this guy, he’s crazy about this girl, but he likes to wear dresses. Should he tell her? Should he not tell her? He’s torn, Georgie. This is drama. – Ed Wood

Notes & References:
David Robinson’s biceps (Getty images)
Stan Winston (iMDB) – worked on Terminator, T2, Jurassic Park, Aliens, etc
Ella Purnell (iMDB)
Oral history of “Predator” (THR) – lots of stories including Shane Black’s refusal to rewrite the film
Why Jean-Claude left “Predator” (THR)
“Predator” wikipedia entry
“Bridging the Rift” – the making of “Arcane” (YouTube)
Regular Army (wiki) – h/t to Joe for pointing out the use of “regular army” was a technical term, not a generic point to differentiate Dutch’s team from the general Army

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  1. Joe Howes says:


    Just figured I’d clarify the term “Regular Army”. The word “Regular” refers to an army which is regulated by the government. You might have heard the term “well-regulated militia”, which refers to militia who observe standards and practices (or “regulations”) which are established by the federal government.

    In opposition to the “Regular Army” are armies for hire, or mercenaries, which are “Unregulated” military groups. Dutch leads a group of mercenaries, whose specialization was an absolute hatred of trees and plants, which came in handy in that scene where they mowed down a square acre of forest for no reason LOL!!! No government could or would authorize the abject slaughter of ferns, palms, and tropical fruit like that. They needed the violent anti-vegetation expertise that can only be provided by an “un-regular” group so that the government could not be found responsible for that fruit salad!

    1. wes says:

      Ahhh, nice clarification, sir! Kinda hilarious being surrounded by military and mercs that I’ve never heard anyone casually use “Regular Army” before, definitely going to stand by that it’s awkward dialog even though clearly it’s technically accurate (the best kind of accurate I’m told). Conversationally it strikes me like “as opposed to the army aged in 12 year oak casks and fermented in cheese, our special reserve for the special occasion”, but yeah, in lieu of armies-for-hire makes complete sense. I definitely did not pick up on the contractor part! Thanks, man!

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