Small, Awesome Details About Sigourney Weaver Movies That Fans Should Know (But Probably Don't)

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Susan Alexandra “Sigourney” Weaver has spent the better part of five decades making Hollywood a better place. From her outstanding contributions to sci-fi to her comedic turns, Ms. Weaver has proven herself to be a tremendous talent and a cultural icon. 

From Ripley to Zuul, Sigourney Weaver's roles have become a major part of the cultural zeitgeist, and over the years, film fans have shared facts and tidbits about her roles that most folks don't know. Here is a small sample of small details about Sigourney Weaver roles that most fans probably don't know - even though they should.

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    She Really Made That One-In-A-Million Basketball Shot For 'Alien Resurrection'

    In Alien: Resurrection, Sigourney Weaver actually made the “impossible” behind-the-back, half-court shot. However, the shot was almost ruined when Ron Perlman, as well as most of the cast and crew, started laughing and applauding soon after the take. Luckily, there was enough room for an edit.


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    Why Dana Was Chosen In 'Ghostbusters'

    From Redditor u/awhalesvagyna:

    In Ghostbusters, after the explosion in Dana’s apartment, they find the staircase leading up to the roof top for the final scenes with Gozer. This staircase was, in fact, located behind Dana’s fridge, which is why the hell dog appeared in the fridge and why her chair was dragged into the kitchen.

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    Like Mother, Like Daughter

    From Redditor u/Hyperiongame:

    In Aliens (1986), when Carter shows Ellen Ripley a picture of her daughter, Amanda Ripley, [the] woman in the picture is Sigourney Weaver’s mother.

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    The Part Of Ripley Was Originally Written For A Man

    From Redditor u/tealfan:

    Ripley was originally written for a man, [but] not a single line of the script was changed when Sigourney Weaver came on board.

    Director Ridley Scott stated in an interview:

    I think the idea actually came from Alan Ladd Jr. I think it was Alan Ladd [then-president of 20th Century Fox] who said, “Why can’t Ripley be a woman?” And there was a long pause, that at that moment I never thought about it. I thought, why not, it's a fresh direction, the ways I thought about that. And away we went.

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    She Took The Role Of The Stepmother In 'Snow White: A Tale Of Terror' To Bring Humanity To The Role

    In an interview with AFI, Sigourney Weaver talked about why she wanted to play the Evil Stepmother in the 1997 adaptation of the classic fairy tale:

    I don't understand why the father is so stupid that he marries these not just unpleasant women, but they are killers. So when Snow White the feature came along, what I thought I could do with it was present a women who married someone with the best intentions to be a good mother, to take the place of the dead mother. Who truly loved her husband.

    I think in our story, Snow White rejects the stepmother again and again and again. The father doesn't really take sides. And when she can't  have her own children, and the aging thing, it all starts to come into play.

    It was very interesting to go into one of these fairy tales and test its truth.

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    A Deleted Scene In 'Alien' Is Later Resurrected

    A deleted scene from Alien in which Ripley mercy kills Dallas with a flame thrower was later revived in Aliens 4 as a scene in which a cloned Ripley mercy kills one of her lesser, failed clones. In both cases, the dying Dallas and the mutated Ripley clone beg to be killed.