the alien’s shadow

Everybody knows the Alien (Scott 1979), but hardly anybody knows the actor behind the creature, Nigerian-born Bolaji Badejo. Above you can see him practicing on set—his movements remind me of Max Schreck‘s performance in Nosferatu (Murnau 1922) and in consequence of Willem Dafoe in Shadow of the Vampire (Merhige 2000), an absolute must-see. By the way, in autumn 1979 the magazine Cinefantastique did an interview with Bolaji Badejo.

MERHIGE, EDMUND ELIAS. 2000. Shadow of the vampire [motion picture]. Santa Monica: Lions Gate Films.
MURNAU, FRIEDRICH WILHELM. 1922. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens [motion picture]. Berlin: Jofa-Atelier Berlin-Johannisthal.
SCOTT, RIDLEY. 1979. Alien [motion picture]. Century City: 20th Century Fox.
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