UPDATE: Aliens costar Bill Paxton died on Sunday, Feb. 26, at age 61 following complications due to surgery. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said in a statement. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”
Revisit Paxton and the cast of Aliens during last year’s Comic-Con, when the film’s stars reunited to celebrate the classic’s 30th anniversary. Watch the video above.
EARLIER: Three decades after Aliens first hit theaters, Sigourney Weaver’s iconic line — “Get away from her, you bitch!” — still remains one of the most famous quotes in movie history. It’s also one that Weaver thought she had messed up.
In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, the cast and crew appeared at San Diego Comic-Con for a panel moderated by EW senior writer Anthony Breznican. They also stopped by EW’s lounge, where Weaver recalled shooting that famed showdown between Ripley and the Alien Queen.
“My memory is, and I’m sure this is wrong, that I only had one chance to do it because we were shooting pretty quickly,” the actress said. “I remember when I said it, I said, ‘Get away from her you bitch!’ and I thought [puts her head in her hands], ‘Oh god, I just completely f—-d that up, that I have to redo.’ And [director James Cameron] said, ‘I like it, we’re moving on!’”
“Today I would have done 18 takes,” Cameron laughed, “and still used that one.”
The Aliens crew also recalled other memories from making the movie, and how the sci-fi classic might have come out different had it been made with present day technology.
Filming the famed creature on Aliens was all “smoke and mirrors,” Cameron recalled — “guys in suits with rubber cables. … You’d do it with CGI today, but I don’t think you’d have the same spookiness.”
Watch more of their conversation with EW’s Sara Vilkomerson in the video above.
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