6. Jean-Claude Van Damme was supposed to play the Predator
As described in the oral history of Predator by The Hollywood Reporter, there are some differing accounts of why JCVD was fired, but either way, he did not make it into the final cut.
Whether it was the uncomfortable suit, his height, or the fact that Van Damme wanted the Predator to kickbox (“You gotta stop kickboxing! Look, the Predator is not a kickboxer,” Joel Silver, a producer on the film, said, according to Joel Hynek, visual effects supervisor), is still a bit of a mystery, but it likely was a combination of all these reasons.
Van Damme would later work with his action film buddy Schwarzenegger in the Expendables series—playing a badass villain like these 25 physically dominating dudes—but it would have been pretty awesome to see him as the Predator.
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