A bit of test footage was recently unearthed by the website io9. It’s easily as creepy and disturbing as anything that made it into the finished film. It shows Badejo in nothing but his underwear and a mockup of the Xenomorph’s head. He slowly creeps toward the camera, practicing the creature’s movements. This footage firmly places Badejo in the same company as Kevin Peter Hall and Clay Fontenot. All three are Black men who played key roles in bringing seminal genre properties to life.
At the same time, the casting of Badejo as the Alien is perhaps a bit too on the nose. The entire film is essentially a rape metaphor, and the xenomorph a giant Black penis that stalks and violates the Nostromo’s crew one by one. The racial elements of the film’s subtext notwithstanding, Badejo’s contribution should always be remembered as an integral part of Alien’s legacy. The test footage is located below.