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The Man in the Alien Suit

A casting director and a 7-foot tall Nigerian walk into a bar…it sounds like the start of a joke, but it actually resulted in horror movie history. 

That good looking young man you see above is inadvertently responsible for giving us nightmares. Bolaji Badejo was a 26 year-old graphic design student having a drink in a London pub in 1978 when he was spotted by a casting agent working with Ridley Scott on the movieAlien. They had yet to find an actor suitable for the actual role of the creature who would terrorize the crew of the ship Nostromo. They needed someone tall and gangly as Scott didn’t want audiences to think there could possibly be a human in the costume. He’d been considering basketball players and Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars trilogy, when Badejo was brought to his attention. At 7 feet tall with a sinewy frame and long legs and arms, the Nigeria-born Badejo looked like he’d be a fit for the gig, and he accepted the role. 

However, working on the Alien set was not all fun and games. According to an interview that Badejo gave toCinefantastique Magazine in 1979 (his only known interview, reprinted here on Strange Shapes) playing the gangly alien proved to be physically demanding and uncomfortable at times. Badejo had to make the creature look graceful at times and lethally quick at others.

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    Alien is one of my favorite films. Like I said before everyone knows I like robots and aliens and space stuff. This is...
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    Cooool
  5. whoreheymunoz said: I’m afraid,…because he is a black man : ( j/k
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    Proper cool - the first Alien & Predator were thin, tall black dudes.
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