Henriksen: Let's Have Dueling 'Alien' Flicks
Lance Henriksen has become synonymous with the Alien movie franchise, having played the synthetic android Bishop in Aliens and Alien 3 and then wealthy industrialist Charles Bishop Weyland in Alien vs. Predator. With Ridley Scott's Alien prequel Prometheus in theaters June 8, the TRON: Uprising star tells me that he'd love to see James Cameron return to the chestbursting franchise as well.
"I think it's going to be dueling banjos," says Henriksen. "I think Ridley did Alien, Cameron did Aliens. Now Ridley's doing Prometheus, and I think Jim will come out with another. That's what I'm hoping for. Competition."
If there's hope for more Alien movies, can we hope to see his Bishop or Weyland once again? "I think I've pretty much done it all," says Henriksen with a laugh. "The last time they saw me I was in pieces, begging to be turned off. Shut me down. Get me out of this."
The veteran actor got a kick out of talking up the Alien franchise while promoting his slick, action-packed new Disney XD animated series TRON: Uprising. Taking place before the events of the big-screen TRON: Legacy, the visually striking series casts Elijah Wood as Beck, a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution. Henriksen plays the malevolent dictator General Tesler.
"He doesn't like to look at himself," says Henriksen about his character. "He hates himself, because he's not Clu. He's not TRON. He's just a general."
Disney Channel will present TRON: Uprising, Beck's Beginning, a 30-minute prelude to the series on Friday May 18, followed by the series launch on Thursday, June 7 at 9 p.m. on Disney XD.