Predator Week: Biff Bam Pop! Presents Actor Trading Cards: ‘Predator’ SPECIAL EDITION

PREDATOR SPECIAL EDITION

Every now and then, the Actor Trading Cards series steps it up a notch. Rather than just showcase a solo actor from the 4th installment of the Predator franchise (sorry, I’m not including the crossover films in my count), we’re going to go ALL the way back to the original and put the spotlight on several of the talented guys and gals that have appeared in this action-packed Sci-Fi / Horror series, starting with…

Arnold SchwarzeneggerPREDATOR – ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

Release Date: June 12, 1987
Character Portrayed: “Dutch”

Best Quote(s) in the Movie:

“Get to the chopper!”
“You’re one ugly motherfu**er!”
“If it bleeds, we can kill it.”

Did You Know?

On Friday, April 25, production halted so that Schwarzenegger could get to his wedding on time (he married Maria Shriver on April 26, 1986)

Best Known For:

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s career was still heading upward at the time Predator released, having built a solid foundation of action fare that included Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Commando and Raw Deal. After the release of Predator, “Arnie” catapulted to Hollywood’s A-List and scored several more hits (The Running Man, Red Heat, Total Recall, Terminator 2, True Lies) that would help establish him as one of the greatest Action stars in cinematic history.

Streaming Options:

HBO
Predator
Hulu
The Terminator, The Running Man, End of Days
Netflix
Eraser, The 6th Day
Amazon Prime
Aftermath

Danny GloverPREDATOR 2 – DANNY GLOVER

Release Date: November 21, 1990
Character Portrayed: “Lieutenant Mike Harrigan”

Best Quote(s) in the Movie:

“You’re rippin’ my d**k off and shovin’ it up my a**hole!”
“OK pu**yface, it’s your move.”
“Okay. Who’s next?” (says as he’s surrounded by Predators)

Did You Know?

Predator 2 was the first time Danny Glover earned top billing for a theatrical release.

Best Known For:

Glover was a surprise choice for the lead role considering at the time he was best known for playing “Roger Murtaugh”, a cop who’s “too old for this sh*t”, which he repeats on more than one occasion in the Lethal Weapon series. While Predator 2 wasn’t successful in helping Mr. Glover to become a leading action hero in Hollywood, he has enjoyed a lot of success in his career including roles in Witness, Silverado, The Color Purple, The Lethal Weapon franchise, Grand Canyon, Angels in the Outfield, The Royal Tenenbaums, Saw, 2012, and…OMG! Danny Glover has 197 credits as an actor – well done, sir!

Streaming Options:

HBO
Predator 2
Hulu
Witness, Legendary
Netflix
Silverado, Antz(animated), The Prince of Egypt(animated)
Amazon Prime
Flight of the Intruder, Switchback

Adrien BrodyPREDATORS – ADRIEN BRODY

Release Date: July 9, 2010
Character Portrayed: “Royce”

Best Quote(s) in the Movie:

“Please stop doing that. You’re shooting at the wrong people.”
“We’re gonna need a new plan.” (says as the group looks across the landscape and sees that they are not on Earth)
“Now, let’s find a way off this fu**ing planet.”

Did You Know?

Adrien Brody put on twenty-five pounds of muscle in order to portray “Royce”, a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier turned mercenary.

Best Known For:

Producer Robert Rodriguez wanted to “go in a very different direction” with the long awaited Predators, portraying the hero soldiers with a more realistic approach as tough and wiry, rather than the burly and muscle bound brutes ala Schwarzenegger. So, naturally Rodriguez and crew cast Adrien Brody in the lead role, an actor best known for…The Pianist??? Don’t get me wrong, I like Brody (thought he was great in the 2005 King Kong remake), but I don’t care how good of an actor he is, the dude is not a mercenary.  Still, the film performed decently well at theaters and Brody has continued to move forward with his career, albeit rather quietly. Brody won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2003 for his role in the Pianist, and he’s still relatively young, so it’s likely we’ll see him breakout again in another future role.

Streaming Options:

Rent on Amazon
Predators
Hulu
The Pianist, Midnight in Paris
Netflix
The Village, King Kong, Peaky Blinders (TV Series)
Amazon Prime
The Singing Detective, A Matador’s Mistress

Alice BragaPREDATORS – ALICE BRAGA

Release Date: July 9, 2010
Character Portrayed: “Isabelle”

Best Quote(s) in the Movie:

“You said we were chosen. I asked, “For what?” I should’ve asked why. It’s because we are predators. Just like them. We’re the monsters of our own world. It’s probably better that we’re never going back.”
“Somebody did this to us. You want to kill each other? Do it after we get out of the fu**ing jungle!”
“Fine, go the other way. Get eaten by something. Enjoy!”
“When the time comes, I’ll do us both. I promise it will be quick.”

Did You Know?

The comic book adaptation of Predators is told entirely from Isabelle’s point of view.

Best Known For:

Whereas the first two (2) films in the franchise kept the females primarily on the sidelines, this one gets it right, throwing Alice Braga into the mix with a primary role as an Israeli Defense Forces sniper (and, no offense to Brody, but Braga was much more convincing as a bad *ss!). Braga appeared in several Brazilian films early in her career, but has now established herself in the U.S. as well with roles in City of God, Repo Men, Elysium, and my personal favorite, I Am Legend. She also appears to have a major character in The New Mutantswhich got pushed back to the summer of 2019.

Streaming Options:

Rent on Amazon
Predators
Hulu
City of God, The Duel
Netflix
Queen of the South (TV Series), Samantha (TV Series)

Sterling K. BrownTHE PREDATOR – STERLING K. BROWN

Release Date: September 14, 2018
Character Portrayed: “Traeger”

Best Quote(s) in the Movie:

“Predators don’t just sit around making hats out of rib cages. They conquered space.”
“Do you know what my job description is? I’m in acquisitions. I look up and I catch what falls out of the sky.”
“Gentleman, they’re large, they’re fast, and fu**ing you up is their idea of tourism.”

Best Known For:

Sterling K. Brown had been quietly carving out a successful TV career for over a decade with appearances on popular shows like ER, NYPD Blue, JAG, Boston Legal, Alias, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, NCIS, The Mentalist, Castle and Criminal Minds…in other words, ALL the popular TV shows. He then broke out in 2016 with his phenomenal portrayal of “Christopher Darden” in the Television Mini-Series American Crime Story (and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited series or a Movie). Since then, his star has steadily been rising with a main role on the hit TV series This Is Us, a small, but powerful role in Black Panther, and now The Predator.

Streaming Options:

Amazon
Spaceman
Hulu
This Is Us
Netflix
American Crime Story (TV Series), Black Panther

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