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.