Topic What if... John Hurt wasn't KANE?
Posted Jan-28-2017 4:21 PM
Due to the recent passing of one of my favorite actors, John Hurt, I feel that I must address how lucky audiences are to have had him in ALIEN. So I will tell of an alternate history, one where John Hurt wasn't Gilbert Kane.
It begins in 1978, where the casting of Alien was well set and ready to go.
Sigourney Weaver as Ripley
Tom Skerritt as Dallas
Yaphet Kotto as Parker
Veronica Cartwright as Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton as Brett
Ian Holm as Ash
Jon Finch as KANE.
Jon Finch was a well established actor at the time, being well experienced in Shakespearean roles.
However during filming, it was observed that Finch kept passing out and looked ill. Then he revealed to Ridley Scott that he was a diabetic, unfit for the current circumstances...
Thus he resigned his role and Scott went back to his "Kane wishlist." He settled for John Hurt, who had turned down the role before due to a prior engagement. "That night we looked at the book and came across John Hurt, who I have always liked." Luckily for Scott, Hurt was now free to take over the role.
And the rest is history, John Hurt gave a stunning performance.
Now then, I'd like to pose this out to Scified members...
Had Jon Finch stayed for the role of Kane, how would the film be different? How would you feel about the changes?
Sir John Hurt (January 22, 1940– January 27, 2017)
Jon Finch (March 2, 1942 - December 28, 2012)
Posted Jan-28-2017 5:09 PM
It's hard to imagine anyone else in the role, but actually there were a few similarities between the two.
At that time there was more than a passing resemblance. Physically they were of a similar slender build with freckles, both had distinctive voices, and a similar acting style. Both were also stage and television actors.
Jon Finch appeared in many Shakesperean plays. He had notable film roles in Polanski's Macbeth and Hitchcock's Frenzy. His last film role was in Kingdom of Heaven, where he finally got to work with Sir Ridley Scott.
We'll never know how the Chestburster scene would have turned out with Finch, but he too was a very good actor.
John Hurt was superb in that scene though, a few seconds of his absolute brilliance made the scene utterly realistic and horrifying. John could convey tortured, suffering, characters and human frailty better than just about anyone.
Jon Finch passed away on 28th December 2012.
Posted Jan-29-2017 7:27 AM
Ahhh....the incredible Hot Toys sixth scale figures!
Sadly John Hurt refused permission for his likeness to be used. That's why the figure looks nothing like him. It does look a tad like Jon Finch when he sported a moustache though.
Those figures are incredible, the detail did fine justice to Moebius' original designs. Heck even the packaging was gorgeous!
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