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Carrie Henn

I ended up watching Aliens on Saturday night.

Aliens is one of those flicks I can shut off too, and just chill while I'm watching it, in the same way people can chill to kung fu flicks, bad horror, and the whatnot. For me, it's that well respected genre of the sci fi action horror film. I've never really given it much thought, and I don't much plan too, it must be said. Anyhow, I dig Aliens: I like watch Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn do their thing, and I like watching the people in suits do theirs. Fuck, I even get a laugh out of Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser, who I always pegged as the kind of guy who would try to impregnate two women with a killer alien so he could smuggle it back to Earth and make millions. Whenever I saw Mad About Year , I was always waiting for him to turn to Helen Hunt and say, "Guess what?"

Maybe that's why I never dug that show, and never lasted a whole episode.

Still, what I did realise for the first time since watching Aliens was just how awful Carrie Henn, who plays Newt, was in it. Maybe I used the parts with the kid to go and grab food, or read or something, but fuck me, she's pretty bad:

That's some pretty bad acting, that. Stilted delivery, wooden expression, nothing natural about her; of course, that's hardly her fault since she's a kid, but still, you have to wonder how she ended up in the film in the first place.

At any rate, with no answer for that forth coming, I got curious and wondered what had happened to the girl who played Newt. Somewhere, I'd heard she died, but it turns out that was I was wrong there, which is hardly surprising, since I can't credit where I heard this. No, turns out she's working as a school teacher, and that after Aliens, she never acted in another film, or play, or anything like that. In fact, it seems that she had never acted before, either. Rumour has it that she has repeatedly made claims that she has no interest in acting.

You know, I think I respect that.



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Nov. 3rd, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
good post!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
but all my posts are good!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
some are more good than others
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
the word you're looking for is gooderer, i believe.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
yes it is
Nov. 3rd, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)

That's something that has become part of the private family language - none of us can say 'mostly' in the presence of another without everyone then repeating it in her prosh accent.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
I've heard her talking about it, possibly on the commentary track. She was saying all her friends at one point were like "We mostly go down to the mall. Mostly."
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
i recently showed the flick to a student, because he's learning essay things and the such. anyhow, after watching it (as homework) he told me later that the most surprising thing was that this was where mostly came from.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 09:22 am (UTC)
To be fair she was meant to be horribly traumatised.

But still... See this is why Alien was better. Alien 3 was so so. Any films after that don't actually exist.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
i'm the only person who kind've dug alien ressurection, aren't i?
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Just don't mention AVP
Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
i kind've dug the first one (the second one was just so very badly made you couldn't even switch off to it)
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
I liked Ron Perlman and the rest of the space-cowboy crew.
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
see, so did i. that they were mostly the actors from CITY OF LOST CHILDREN made it even better for me.
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
Alien Resurrection = Worst. Movie. Ever.

Nov. 5th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
clearly, you never saw aliens vs predator: requiem.
Nov. 5th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
There's no comparison. AVP:R is a better movie on every level. :-)
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)

my god, man. listen to yourself.
Nov. 5th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
It's terrifying, isn't it? Note that I'm not defending AVP:R is good, just saying that AR is execrable.
Nov. 5th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
i dunno, personally, i think there's a basic acting difference in the two films. like, there was some acting in ALIEN RESSURECTION, and there wasn't in AVP: REQUIEM.
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