Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bolaji Badejo, the Man Inside the Monster

The popular misconception is that Yaphet Kotto was the only Black actor to appear in Ridley Scott’s Alien.  This misconception persists because the other Black actor was cast not as a Nostromo crewmember, but as the film’s title creature.  He spent the entire movie in a latex suit with an amazingly awkward head.  So unusual was his lanky physique that it essentially became the film’s most remarkable visual effect.  The actor I’m talking about is Bolaji Badejo, a 7ft 2in actor from Nigeria.