Filming ‘Predator’ In The Mexican Jungle Sounds Like Something Straight Out Of A Nightmare
We hear all the time about how famous actors “suffer” for their craft and then we proceed to roll our eyes and say to ourselves, “Aww, poor baby, go wipe your tears away with the one of the bills from your wheelbarrow filled with cash.” That being said, there are times when actors are required to do things that most of us might look at and go, yeah, pass. And on even rarer occasions, the conditions are so bad that they last throughout the entire filming of a movie, which was precisely the case for the 1987 Schwarzenegger classic Predator.
The Hollywood Reporter recently published an in-depth oral history of Predator for its 30th anniversary and based on the stories a couple of the actors told about the filming conditions, they definitely earned their paychecks.
The movie, which was filmed in the Mexican jungle in the summer of 1987, sounds like it was an absolute nightmare to shoot.
Richard Chaves, who played Poncho, tells this tale of nope…
A lot of it was raw jungle that we were running through when we were in the week rehearsal. And we took a break one day, and I checked the area out, you know, where I was gonna sit my butt down, and laid down, and next thing I know I am covered in red ants. I was bitten almost 100 times down both my arms, and went into a little bit of shock, was running through the jungle ripping my clothes off, butt naked. They had a water tank, and I went into the water tank and just doused myself. And I’ll never forget when the Mexican doctor came, and I have these welts, and he looked at it and he says to me, “You know, I never seen anything like this before”! (Laughs.) I think it was about three or four days before we started shooting, and I was so proud of my body because really, Arnold and Arnold’s really good friend Sven[-Ole Thorsen], who played one of the Russians in the palapa scene, they really put me together, and so I wasn’t gonna wear a long-sleeve shirt because my arms were really buff and everything, but then this happened.