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This is the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

With Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe this weekend I figured why not go the mega-obvious route and feature a shot of Sir Ridley with Sigourney Weaver on the set of the very first Alien! I mean, nobody else on the internet is looking back on that first film this week, right?

This is an interesting picture because both Scott and Weaver look worn out, but also super calm. Gotta love that combo. Alien Zen right here.

Thanks to Pat Barnett for sending this one in!!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

I’m about to embark on another long journey, so I figured might as well mark the occasion with some pics from another long journey. Check in tomorrow to find out what that is!

-Eric Vespe
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  • June 8, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    LOTR tomorrow?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 8, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott's reactions after watching PROMETHEUS.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Just kidding. ;)

  • June 8, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Just to rub it in...

    by Sagart1994

    A reminder of a great Ridley movie in the wake of a hugely disappointing one.

  • June 8, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST

    He's thinking to himself...

    by Dobler

    Why the hell do I film that awful movie over 30 years from now..?

  • I can't believe he's making me put the fucking cat in the last scene.

  • June 8, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    Seen the midnight showing of Prometheus in Imax 3-D.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    I'm still trying figure out what happened... I guess my reaction to it would be: "What?!?..."

  • June 8, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST case you didn't notice...

    by 8bit_datassette

    That's not Sigourney Weaver, it's her stunt double for Alien.

  • June 8, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Veronica Cartwright was the ugliest crier ever.

    by Tacom

    The scenes in ALIEN and the end of 1978's THE INVASION OF THE BODYSNATCHERS. Geez. Really gross.

  • June 8, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    underwhelming derivative bullshit crap

    by ig toadlio

    i flicked high school to see alien and took off work to see prometheus. i should've just went to work...

  • June 8, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Sigourney looks like she's gotta take a shit

    by la_sith

  • June 8, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    What is Weaver looking at?

    by v3d

  • June 8, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    ALIEN: best. movie. ever.

    by BeanGrud

  • June 8, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    My personal favorite film

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Still would watch it any day, any time. It's long since given up its shocks, but it remains a model of how great a film can be when script, acting, production design, direction, and score all mesh with almost total precision. A total moviegoing experience that has never been surpassed for me, 33 years later. I still haven't seen Prometheus - my plan to ditch work today and catch an afternoon show didn't work out - so it will probably be at least a few more days. I don't expect it to be this great, or even that close. Sounds like it's not, but oh well. Just give me something to hold on to, a glimmer of Alien's greatness. Just a glimmer.

  • June 8, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    oy vey...

    by maxwell's hammer

    Its so depressing how quickly "Prometheus isn't as amazing as the hype would have had us believe" turns into "Prometheus sucked and is massivley disappointing". Why do the most vocal people in the TalkBacks have to be so intent on killing all happiness, then salting the earth so no happiness can ever grow there again? "Prometheus" isn't the apex of perfection we hoped it might be, but good lord, it is a quality film that we'd be extremely lucky if Hollywood tried to make more of.

  • June 8, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I like the idea of them watching Prometheus.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 8, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by fitzcarraldo2

    "Thirty-three years from now I will take a massive shit all over this".

  • June 8, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    That's not Sigourney Weaver

    by slone13

  • June 8, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Okay, maybe it is

    by slone13

  • June 8, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Sigourney Weaver didn't have a stunt double in Alien

    by Adz

    Ridley Scott wanted it to look all Ripley. Not many stunts in that anyway is there?!

  • June 8, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Stunt double. Not Sigourney.

    by 8bit_datassette

  • June 8, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Yes sir I still have my 18 inch Kenner Alien

    by disfigurehead

    I bought it when it came out at JC Penney at Countryside Mall in CLearwater Florida. All of the other Alien movies can go fuck themselves. I will always love Alien.

  • June 8, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I once bought a porno in the 90's with a big alien guy doing this chick.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Not sure if my impressionable mind was ready for that.

  • June 8, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Neither of them look real

    by unparanoid_android

    That sure ain't Weaver and that dude doesn't look like Ridley Scott either. And no matter how bad Prometheus is, Alien will always be one of the best films ever made. And we can rest assured Ridley will never pull a Lucas and CG the fuck out of it. Alien will remain perfect and untouched for all eternity. Life is good.

  • June 8, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Weaver says no stunt double

    by catlettuce4

    "I never had a stunt double for Alien. Ridley (Scott) always said, ‘No, I want Sigourney to do it’, and so I took many, many risks in the early movies with fire and explosions and I got bashed around a lot." But she did have one for Aliens and Alien 3 (which this obviously isn't)

  • June 8, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Typical TalkBack

    by maxwell's hammer

    AICN staffmember: Here is a picture of Sigourney Weaver. Talkbacker Troll: Shut the fuck up! No it's not! That's fucking hysterical.

  • June 8, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    by 8bit_datassette

  • I'm not sure I agree with the comment about him looking tired. He just has a look of being in deep thought to me, but definitely not exhausted. He never seems exhausted. I think that's one of the many abilities of (most) directors; with so much weight on their shoulders, they need to stay calm and cool, energetic and alert, and most appear that way too, even if that's not the current state of their mind. On a completely random (not to mention pathetic) note; to this day I can't decide how attractive I find Sigourney!

  • June 8, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Like the movie side better than Herc

    by Craig2574

  • June 8, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Like the movie side better than Herc's side

    by Craig2574

    The posters here do not troll like Herc doe. I really refuse to give the tv part any traffic anymore. Love the photo and I am excited to see this film even if I can figure out what the ending is =)

  • June 8, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    It definitely is Sigourney

    by noel

    Look at everything above the mouth - that nose is without a doubt belonging to Miss Weaver. And the eyes are a giveaway too. 8bit's bullshittin'.

  • June 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    You know

    by Robbiemc9

    Alien has been my fav movie my whole life. Aliens closely follows. I have even over time come to embrace Alien 3 (the newer cut) and to some extent parts of Alien Res. I saw Prometheus three days ago. I went in with low expectations. I came out kinda enjoying the experience. My friends and I then discussed the movie over a beer. By the end of the beer we were pretty depressed. Since then I have been in a total funk. Prometheus is like that extreamly rich meal you shouldn't have had too soon before sleeping. You kinda enjoy it at the time but pretty soon your having nightmares and sitting up feeling like crap wishing you haddn't had that meal. As bad as 3 and Res are at least they do not have the plot holes and illogical behaviour Prometheus has. As a bonafied self declared Alien freak I throw my hands up in defeat and know that Avengers, Dark Knight and even Spiderman have / will shit all over this movie. I am am certainly no Nolan fan. Alien Res was cheep and stupid but had a very straight forward plot. Promethus is just dumb. Dumb dumb dumb. Indianna Jones 4 dumb, Star Wars 1,2 and 3 dumb, Blues Brothers 2 dumb. Very depressed.

  • that's what bummed me out.

  • June 8, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by hypnotron

    a lovely chap, went to see Prometheus with him in IMAX last night. For me, as good as Alien. Ridley is the man and I like Lindelof's work too...

  • June 8, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Ridley looks like Fifield in this pic.

    by hypnotron

  • June 8, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Prometheus Unchained

    by noel

    I thought Prometheus was great. Better than The Avengers, which was fun in a juvenile kinda way (will we ever get an epic superhero film to match 1978's Superman? Doubt it). My opinion, anyway.

  • June 8, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    I thought it would be a pic...

    by John Brown

    ...where she changes into the spacesuit. I spent many a night gazing at that picture in the official "Alien" magazine. #fapfapfap

  • June 8, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    I know this has been discussed to death but I need to vent - Spoilers abound - List of dumb stupidity - 1 - Going on a two year voyage and waking up not knowing anyone on the ship. Hello! Two years! We stick people in Antartica to get used to each other to do shit like that. 2 - Vomiting profusely and then jumping into space suites to go exploring. 3 - Charlese spending the movie all hissy and bitchy for no real reason other then an Alien movie needing a corporate hissy bitchy bitch. 4 - Atmosphere inside alien structure - helmets off! come on! 5 - Atmosphere = infected and sick = helmets off - COME THE FUCK ON!!! 6 - Infected but still going exploring. 7 - The two scientists lost and frightened only to become curious at looking at and touching the cute vicious looking alien worm!!! Name one person on this planet that would try to touch it and not run a mile away. Steve Erwin is dead! 8 - Guy Pearce period! Why put a 40year old in make up when you could just hire an 80 year old. He doesn't even act old. Bad make up and his eyes and voice sound like a 40 year old. Want to see a young guy pull off an old guy in make up properly then go watch the end of 2001. That character needing to be in the movie period = dumb. 9 - Post surgery running and jumping and rolling and running and rolling some more and then more running and jumping. Crashing and clinging on to the edge of an opening hatch plus more running and jumping - fuck off Ridly. 10 - The heroic Captain crashing the ship with his two pointless sidekicks with little info to go on. Oh I know what I will do to save the day - kill myself. 11 - David infecting the cute weird square headed guy - why? What was his motivation? 12 - Infected guys turning into that stupid baddie from Green Lantern - more bad make up and pointless plot. 13 - The hokey - I will keep searching for answers - voice over at the end. Oh and what the fuck is she going to eat on her journey? 14 - If there are more ships wouldn't there be more sexy cut muscle stud aliens in hibernation? 15 - the final shot - dumb on too too too wwwwwaaaayyyyyy to many levels. UGH! It's official Ridly Scott RAPED MY CHILDHOOD!!!!

  • June 8, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    I never really cared much for the original Alien

    by Christian Sylvain

    I understand it's place as one of the greatest sci-fi horror films of all time, but at it's core it's really just a B-movie concept brought to the max by alot of talented hands. The cinematography in particular is one of the few things that actually keeps me drawn to the screen everytime.

  • June 8, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Man talk about a name we've just come to accept...

    by Ruester

    Does anyone know anybody named Sigourney?! I mean I became a father about five months ago and the naming process started long before that, but for the life of me the name Sigourney never even crossed our minds as a handle for our little monster, not even as a joke. Maybe for the next one...

  • June 8, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    So What Do You Really Think?

    by Clio

    Man, oh, man, so many of you are so frothing at the mouth with your hate for Prometheus that it's just sucking the life out of the universe. Give it a rest! Lord have mercy! Take a deep breath.....and wait for the super hype that drives another film into disappointment junction.

  • "Prometheus" can't touch it with a 10 meter cattle prod.

  • June 8, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Ruester - LOL

    by Robbiemc9

    Her real name is Susan. Sigourney is a character from - I think - The Great Gatsby that she once played on stage. She chose it as a stage name because it sounded so unique. Gotta love Sigs - she still with us working away and doesn't seem to have succome to the traps of fame and botox (yet - I think?).

  • June 8, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    its crazy to think...

    by Bouncy X

    she was younger during that photo than i am now and she still looks older and mature than i do now. i still look like some early 20s kid, she looked like the full fledged adult she was. lol

  • June 8, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Hellloooooooooooooo all good buddies

    by ajit maholtra

    I am ajit.

  • June 8, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    whoever first said its her stunt double..kudos!

    by Bouncy X

    look at all the people actually arguing the point. i mean come on...seriously? that is how trolling works, this is how it wins. :P

  • June 8, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Hi Ajit.

    by frank

  • June 8, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I just saw Prometheus and thought it was good.

    by frank

    Easily a three out of five, and maybe a four. There’s no way it was ever going to be ALIEN (as much as I originally hoped it would be). It has some flaws (mostly people acting like complete morons) and is certainly not a work of genius, but it is by no means a bad movie. It definitely benefits from Giger’s design work from ALIEN. I wish he had had more of an active role in designing the new elements of PROMETHEUS, though, as the new stuff pales in comparison to his work.

  • In fact Sigourney Weaver's stunt double was also Tom Skerrit's stunt double as well as Brian Cox's stunt double and lover.

  • June 8, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Just because decades of smoking fucked her face up...

    by AidanJames

    doesn't mean she didn't start out hot people.

  • June 8, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    I really wish

    by unparanoid_android

    that after Galaxy Quest (one of the last films where her face still looked good) she started having discreet plastic surgery. Nothing major, just a little lift here a little nip and tuck there. If she had done that, her face wouldn't look like a motorbike accident as it does now.

  • June 8, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Definitely Weaver

    by GeorgieBoy

    Right before she says to Mother "You BITCH!!!" and smashes the self-destruct mech.

  • Billy Bob Thornton cast her for a pivotal role in Sling Blade. But she had to turn the role down because....she was Brian Cox's lover.

  • Because every day, she kept asking Ridley and company, what "is my motivation." She was fresh (a noob) and came from that NY method-acting background. Then one day (almost), Ridley and his writer said along the lines of, "Let's kill her." But they never did. So! We almost had a dead Weaver.

  • Whitney tried to get her to be a stand up comedian but failed because....she was Brian Cox's lover. 

  • June 8, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Again, sorry for the grapevine.

    by CodeName

  • They even filmed a bunch of scenes with him before hiring Cox.

  • June 8, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Joss Whedon

    by Masked Avenger

  • June 8, 2012, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Dear AICN Staff

    by Finn

    Seriously, a mobile version of the site? Like, every site has one why aren't you on top of this shit? Love, Finn

  • and wagered his fees from Live and Let Die and Alien against what she earned in two weeks. The cast and crew were shocked to see Sigourney Weaver's stunt double win easily. Rumors were swirling around the set of Alien that Yaphet let her win because someone whispered in his ear before the match that......she was Brian Cox's lover.

  • June 8, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Thank you Robbie!

    by Ruester

    The more I thought about it (and I could have looked it up I guess), it sounds like a stage name, kinda like how Michael Keaton is actually Michael Douglas. Even still, Michael may be Mike but a Sigourney is still short for a Newport!

  • June 8, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    The director in that picture is dead.

    by Ironhelix

    He died right after Blade Runner.

  • June 9, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by Negator76

    That IS Sigourney Weaver. Thirty years ago! The lighting and the candid shot obviously caught her at a somewhat funny angle that makes her face look a bit pinched, yes. But that's Weaver. PS, That's also what Ridley Scott looked like thirty years ago. Before he morphed into Tony Scott vis-a-vis his ability to direct from good scripts.

  • June 9, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    pretentious-rr-douchebag - WRONG!

    by white_vader

    Terminator 2, bitch! Hamilton's sister.

  • June 9, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    More than 30 cookies on this site now!

    by krylite

    A month ago, there were less than like 10? A year ago, mostly cookies. What happened?!

  • June 9, 2012, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I thought it was going to be Sigourney in miniscule panties

    by Autodidact

  • I've been watching it for 20 years (I watched ALIENS for years before getting around to ALIEN) and it just gets better every time.

  • I was looking forward to the ALIENS one.

  • June 9, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    white_vader, and same movie, the security guard in the nuthouse.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    T-1000 morphed into him, then stabbed him. Twin actors who can also be seen in Good Morning Vietnam.

  • June 9, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    redwhite, you're wrong...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I could easily do the same thing with Dawn of the Dead. Why would Flyboy just follow Peter and Roger into the mall? Why would Roger so quickly accept Peter into his secret escape plan...that was certainly convenient. How convenient was it that the motorcycle gang happened along at the exact same time Fran was learning how to fly the helicopter? Why did Roger have his freakout while they were moving the trucks instead of during so many other horrible moments? Why did Peter decide to stay and then change his mind at the last moment? See, you can do this to any movie if you want to. I picked one of my favorite movies on earth to do it to because you mentioned Romero. All of the above is acceptable to me because I believe these actions (which could easily be ascribed to plot contrivances) arose from the characters. And I believe each of these characters had been built in such a way that I could easily defend their actions. The same is true with your objections to the actions of characters in Alien. And as for the motorcycle gang happening alone at the wrong moment or the alien happening to be in the lifepod? Yeah, in these movies I can't bring myself to give a rat's ass about those.

  • June 9, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Here's a great write up of Prometheus.

    by j-bot

  • June 9, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Prometheus is ok..

    by Semen Stains

    Sure there is a lot of silliness going on with mahy of the characters but it's really not a terrible film.

  • June 9, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    @unparanoid_android: Seriously?

    by gary_buseys_upper_half

    Dude, she's 62 years old. She looks damn good for a 62 year old woman. That's just what happens when you age - you get wrinkles and shit sags. I'd much rather see that than grotesque pulled-tight skin that makes one look like Katherine Helmond in Brazil.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by Semen Stains

    Very nice article on Prometheus.Thanks.

  • June 9, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Prometheus did not disappoint

    by jackofhearts29

    this young (ish) jedi, who saw it in Imax 3d in a nice comfy seat today. I won't spoil anything on this thread (sure everyone knows the basics by now anyway) but it was a 4 out of 5 for me. Just had some issues with the rushed plot points and a few very occasional cgi/makeup howlers. Still, thought it hit a very good note between monster summer movie and sf mindbender, while not rewriting the rules for either of those genres, plus it looked and felt fantastic. Will see again in no-D.

  • "And they're going to ass rape The Terminator too, right?"

  • June 10, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Let's jump to Yaphet Kotto and jump again to "midnight run"

    by ufoclub1977

    What a great movie that is.

  • June 10, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    One reason PROMETHEUS is pissing me off

    by Autodidact

    ALIEN/ALIENS seemed to imply that the ALIEN evolved in space.. being parasitic it's always around space colonies and stuff, so over time it developed a sort of techno-organic camoflauge, coming to resemble vents and grilles and grating and hoses. Prometheus sort of throws all that out.

  • June 10, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    Due to my calculations i have successfully determined the ratio of hate-tards vs actual critics... my results are astounding.. it appears one in every six flamers of prometheus on the internet actually believe what they are writing, due to my extensive research i have concluded they are the foundation for some of the more fundemental errors in the film being brought to less intelligent individuals attention. it also appears three in every six flamers are simply scumbags, and post racist things and hate speech regarding said topic at hand. Worthless conclusions and even more worthless opinions. further research claims that a shallow two in six copy other flamers post to add to their ego boosting show of online hate force, this staggering number of pretend haters versus real haters has significantly sullied the waters for any who have not seen the movie or those who genuinely enjoyed it, i for one will use the results as a 101 reference guide for forums 24 hours after the hobbit release, to all who roam the internet the day after i say leave the women in their beds. my logic is flawless.

  • June 10, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch both cases the predator is in the right spot at the right time. You say the motorcycle gang would stay close to areas where there were supplies. Fine. I say the alien, which had already been shown to possess a high degree of intelligence (and of a species that would go on to demonstrate even higher levels of intelligence) did not come to the escape pod by chance. You say that Peter and Roger bonded and that Roger suffered from traumatic stress. Fine. I say that in my youth I jumped into a number of fights involving people but I have serious doubts about whether I would be able to do the same if someone was being attacked by a tiger, much less a towering monsters with an exoskeleton, razor sharp jaws that can strike like a snake, a spike, prehensile tail and long fingers tipped with stiletto sharp claws. And Lambert had been consistently twitchy throughout. I'm fine with the choices made in both movies. You like one more than the other so the sort of thing you accept in one film you don't in the other. Hey, it's your time at the movies.

  • June 10, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    they look like...

    by torpedoboy

    ...wax versions of themselves.

  • June 10, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by 8bit_datassette

    Well you have to admit there are problems with the choices the characters made in Prometheus. I hate it in movies when there is some massive object rolling behind someone and the best they can think of to avoid getting flattened is running in it's path. Especially when you're in an open desert, just bust a left for Christs's sake! When Naomi fell down after running away from the rolling spaceship she was able to avoid it by simply rolling over a few feet. There were a lot of sacrifices made in common sense to only further the plot along or create tension. I call that cheating.

  • June 11, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Hey, RedWhite...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...yeah, I've been here forever, too. And yeah, I now come here mostly from habit. Now I would point out I can be a horrible, pedantic, pretentious bitch when I think someone's being a deliberate jackass, or when something I was counting on (because at heart I'm still twelve) to be good turns out to be awful. But we were having a movie argument, and that's a completely different thing. Getting to argue about that stuff is part of loving movies. And when you're arguing on the turf of movies you love, movies you practically know by heart...well that should always be fun. I knew you were safe to argue with already. I remember chatting with you before.