Andrew over at BSMBOW made some rad finds that had me giddy. See below or click HERE to his kickass blog!
Seeing these pics it's quite hard to imagine Aliens without Michael Biehn as Hicks.and then ALIEN recasting.....
Hicks was originally played by James Remar, but Michael Biehn replaced him a few days after principal photography began, due to "artistic differences" between Remar and director James Cameron. However, Remar still appears in the finished film - but wearing the same armor, and shot from behind, it's impossible to tell the difference between the two actors.
Jon Finch was originally cast as Kane but on the first day of shooting, he looked extremely ill. Medics were called and Jon Finch was immediately taken to hospital where it was discovered that he had an extreme case of diabetes. Ridley Scott knew that John Hurt was in town, so he approached him that night about playing Kane. John Hurt was on set the following day. It's strange seeing these photos, it's hard to imagine Alien and the famous chestburster scene without John Hurt, and also it makes you wonder how Finch's career might have gone in other directions had he been in Alien.Awesome awesome find, Andrew! Thanks for letting me snag and post!