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The dueling impressions began after the cast discussed doing impressions of YouTube videos on sets, at which point host Conan O’Brien remarked that he was surprised they weren’t all trying their hand at Schwarzenegger’s classic line, “Get to the chopper!”
“That line is in there,” multiple members of the cast said at once, referring to the upcoming film. “The line is in the movie and we’re mercilessly doing impressions all the time,” star Keegan-Michael Key added, before doing his own rendition of the classic line.
The cast then goaded co-star Sterling K. Brown to show his impression off. He initially demurred, saying that they had raised the expectations too high for him to overperform, but then stood up, shrugged off the impression of reticence and delivered an enthusiastic rendition of the line.
Earlier on the show, Key revealed that though he is perhaps best known as a comedian, his initial dream was to become an action star. “When I was a little kid, I wanted to be James Bond … It was always my job to pick a gun up and blow stuff up,” he said, joking that he went to acting school to learn how to “blow stuff up.”
Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Key, Trevante Rhodes, Jake Busey, Thomas Jane and Augusto Aguilera are starring in the film, which is directed by Shane Black. Black, the scribe behind Lethal Weapon and the writer-director behind Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys, made his Predator debut as the actor behind Hawkins in the original 1987 film.
Munn, who plays a scientist in the film, also spoke about what it was like to work with a majority-male cast. “They’re a bunch of divas, first of all. You guys know what it’s like to work with a bunch of men. Exhausting. ‘Is my hair OK? Is my makeup?'” she pantomimed. “Usually whenever I work, in every project I work on, the guys take so much time in between takes,” she added, perfecting their look.
The cast also addressed how the film was going to be grittier and bloodier than its predecessors. “First off, we got an R rating. So this thing can strike, he can retreat,” Jane, who arrived on the stage barefoot, said.
Black elaborated, “What we strove for was a predator that’s been bred as an assassin, so he incorporates traits from other species. So this one opens his mouth really big and bites off your head.”
Before their appearance on Conan, the cast of The Predator hosted a Comic-Con panel earlier on Thursday in Hall H, where they previewed new footage from the film. The new film depicts the aftermath of a young boy’s mistake, which brings the hunters back to Earth, where a motley crew of former soldiers and a scientist seeks to re-eradicate them. In the clip shown Thursday, one predator begins attacking the films’ heroes before a larger predator attacks the first.
“They are these misfits that comes together,” Black said on the Thursday panel. “It’s important that they are good at what they do, and also that they’ve forgot that … it’s the modern equivalent to me as the group in the first movie.”
The Predator opens Sept. 14.
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