The Predator Almost Had A Killer Cameo

An old friend of the franchise almost made an appearance in Shane Black's new film.

By L.B. Lubomski

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The Predator has arrived in theaters and despite its relative box office success, reviews are somewhat mixed. The film is far from the sequel fans hoped for, although if things had worked out the way he wanted, director Shane Black's film may have given them something to write home about.

MovieWeb managed to get their hands on a copy of the original script, which would have featured a cameo from none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, who played Major "Dutch" Schaefer in the original film. Obviously, there are major spoilers ahead if you have not yet seen The Predator, so read on at your own risk.

Instead of the final ending scene with the traitor Predator (credited as Predator killer) presenting the humans with a special suit of armor capable of fighting his species, fans would have been treated to an appearance from the original Predator killer, Dutch.

In an earlier draft of the screenplay, penned by Fred Decker and director Shane Black, this scene doesn't exist. Instead, just after Quinn McKenna, his son Rory (Jacob Tremblay) and Casey (Olivia Munn) survive their encounter with the Ultimate Predator, defeating him in a bloody battle, they come across a helicopter that lands near them. And who is it that climbs out of this helicopter? None other than Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dutch who, according to the script has a "face haunted; etched by pain." Dutch instructs them to come with him. Rory then asks, "Uh...me, too?" Dutch replies, smiling, with, "Especially you." Cut to credits.

This cameo would have been amazing and was over 30 years in the making. However, Schwarzenegger decided the role just wasn't worth his time despite it being offered to him early in the process. Black explained that the actor did not feel the role was meaty enough for him and opted to do Terminator 6 instead. What a shame, as this is something we would have killed to see!

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.

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