I spent most of my weekend at home, crying, because I wasn’t in Austin to see the South By Southwest premiere of footage from Nimrod Antal’s upcoming sequel, “Predators.” The original was one of the formative action flicks for a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, a sci-fi jungle romp in which the muscular Austrian bodybuilder (playing a military man, naturally) engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse with an alien hunter armed with high explosives and stealth technology.
“Predators,” best characterized as an indirect sequel, goes for more of an ensemble approach. A group of people from various combat-oriented organizations wake up on a distant planet with no memory of how they got there. What they do know is that they’re being hunted. Despite Schwarzenegger’s absence, one of the stars — Adrien Brody — made an effort to keep the spirit of the original alive in “Predators,” as he told MTV’s Josh Horowitz over the weekend.
“I have tremendous respect for Schwarzenegger and what he’s built,” Brody explained. “He’s built so much from his dedication to his physique. And obviously I’m not hired for that. I really respect what he’s done– he’s awesome in ’Predator.'”
“So there was a moment [in ’Predators’] where I added a ’Run! Get to the chopper!’ moment, which [led] my fellow cast [to make] fun of me for most of the movie. But that’s what’s in this little teaser that’s about to drop [at SXSW]. It was like an homage to him. It’s not the whole movie, but there’s this moment of just pure Arnold. I think it’s so cool.”
When you get right down to it, there’s still some question as to whether or not we’ll be seeing a cameo from Schwarzenegger. Producer Robert Rodriguez told MTV last summer that he wants a cameo and “Predators” star Alice Braga flat-out refused to comment. There’s precendent: Schwarzenegger made a sort of cameo (it was a CG re-creation) in 2009’s “Terminator Salvation” and he’ll pop up this summer in “The Expendables” with Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis.
Brody clammed up quite a bit when Josh started asking for specifics. Shifting from smiles and laughter to a dead-on poker face, Brody no commented Josh question about whether or not we’ll hear the fan-favorite line, “If it bleeds we can kill it.” Brody replied, “I can’t tell you.”