Ladies and gentlemen, we give you cover subject Gale Anne Hurd—producer, writer, impromptu camera double, and clearly, all-around badass.
It’s the fall of 1985, and we’re on the set of Aliens, Hurd and director James Cameron’s second collaboration, following the blockbuster success of The Terminator the previous year. Hurd arrived that day under the impression she’d be putting out fires rather than putting down an extraterrestrial bad guy. But as every producer knows, you never can predict what any given day on set is going to ask of you.
“It blew people’s minds,” recalls Hurd, “when Jim Cameron asked me to come in and do a close-up of a shot in which the character of Vasquez, played by Jeanette Goldstein, is shown shooting an alien in the air vent. She had never fired a handgun before and had the recoil wrong, so Jim had me double her. And there I am in military fatigues with a gun in my hand, shooting the alien!”
We suggest our readers take note and add it to their (always endless) lists of stuff a producer needs to know: how to deliver story notes; how to create a budget; how to look at dailies; how to blow an alien’s head off. Special thanks to Valhalla Entertainment for sharing the pic with us and giving us the perfect bookend to our cover.
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