a) French sexiness
The director Jean-Pierre Jeunet would joke that since he was French, he wanted something sexy in the movie.
Where would this sort of enthusiasm lead in the movie?
This appeared to inspire moments of strange sexiness in the film
- Alec Gillis: Jean Pierre used to joke that since he was French, he had to have something sexy in the movie. (Fangoria #170, p28)
b) Moaning orgasms of sex from a foot massage
As The Betty heads towards the Auriga, he had a scene where the Hillard the co-pilot played by Kim Flowers appears to be in a scene of passion with Elgyn who is the captain of the ship.
Her face is seen in the throws of orgasm, and the camera moves across the back of her body, past her shapely buttocks and up to her feet which are being massaged by Elgyn.
c) "She is severely fuckable, aint she"
Elgyn the captain of the Betty is having a private meeting with General Perez to receive payment, and then it gets to the point where they find themselves talking about the young female character Call played by Winona Ryder
General Perez aboard the Auriga asks "Who's the new filly you got on board then?"
Elgyn replies "Call, little girl playing pirates"
"She makes an impression" Perez continues
Elgyn chuckles with a big grin says "She is severely fuckable, aint she"
d) "You know I can not lay off the tall ones"
d.i) Right from the beginning when the character Johner, the toughest brute of the Betty crew, first encounters the Ripley clone playing basket ball.
He wants to play ball, although he basically he is seeking sex with her.
He comes down the stairs to approach her "You know I can not lay off the tall ones"
"Oh please" responds Call almost disgusted by his one track mind,
He comes up to her and says "How about a little one on one, what do you say?"
As he reaches for the ball, she pulls it away
"You've got some moves on you girl"
Perhaps she is toying with him as she holds her arms out holding the ball, and he inhales her
"Now if you don't want to play some basket ball, I know some other indoor sports"
He then gets behind and inhales her saying "Come on now, give me the ball"
However Ripley throws the ball down, it bounces, hits his crotch.
Then she turns around and hits him throwing him across the room
What exactly is she?
d.ii) Later in the film, the Ripley clone encounters the crew of The Betty in a corridor, she asks "Who do I have to fuck to get off this boat?"
Johner who's facing the wall replies "I can get you off, Maybe not the boat"
e) Ripley - Call: A lesbian relationship?
There is a scene where as Call is about to stab the Ripley clone, she has her hand on Call's face, and rubs her face on her cheek, it might even have been near enough like Brad Pitt and Antionio Banderas in their faux-kiss moment in Interview with a Vampire (1994)
It was perhaps the thing that was enough for the French magazine L'Express reported "The story of a loving relationship between a cloness and an android which suggests that it will end under covers " while L'évènement stated "Film Lesbien".
See: Ripley - Call: A lesbian relationship?
f) The Viper's pit - landscape of perversion
Sigourney Weaver as the Ripley clone enters a landscape of alien parts with various tentacles and protuberances, where her character is to be sucked down into a central spincter.
Indeed for her a Hieronymous Bosch like nightmare, and a scene that brought out an aspect of their perverse interests.
When she opens her slime encrusted eyes and sees the beaming faces of puppeteers, somehow a tail always ended up between her legs.
Sometimes that was good and sometimes that was strange.
Of course they knew altogether that they were trying to deliberately tread that line while seeing the humour in what they were doing.
"Who's on that particular tail?" she asks
"I am" replies Alex
"You're a sick puppy" she replies
With that, he instructed another member of the team to be more intimate with Sigourney's body
"This is difficult for me," says the puppeteer. "I'm married."
"Nice guys," says Alec, turning to me," need to be pushed to perversion"
See: The Viper's pit - landscape of perversion
crawl over this dark, squiggly, curiously prickly set and lie down.
"Open the sphincter," Alec calls. I close my eyes and what's beneath me
shudders and comes alive. Large greasy tails flick at my cheek, limbs
and members nudge and squeeze me. After a few moments, the platform
beneath me sinks and the rubber sphincter does indeed suck me down until
I disappear underneath the stage. I open my slime encrusted eyes and
see the beaming faces of the puppeteers. Somehow a tail always ends up
between my legs. Sometimes that's good. Sometimes it looks a bit
strange. We just want to tread that line.
"Who's on that particular tail?" I ask Alec.
"I am" he says.
"You're a sick puppy." I say.
Alec instructs another member of the team to be more intimate with his alien body part.
"This is difficult for me," says the puppeteer. "I'm married."
"Nice guys," says Alec, turning to me," need to be pushed to perversion"(Premiere: December 1997, p148)
g) Making out with the Alien newborn
There was a scene where the Newborn would, as it were, 'make out' with Ripley.
Sigourney was a daring actress, now fueled with Cronenbergundian enthusiasm , both she and Jean-Pierre wanted to disturb the Fox executives.
There was an issue regarding the Newborn's genitalia and that Jean-Pierre would joke that since he was French, he wanted something sexy in the movie.
Sigourney in particular was in favour of going further with the sexual attraction between the Newborn and Ripley, to the point where the creature would require articulated genitalia.
This Newborn had a gliding tongue that they would control and there were several takes where they had to get it right in Sigourney's mouth.
Together with that, there was also an articulated erection that they built for the creature.
ADI built them as a combination of male and female organs, they wanted to be a little vague about what sex the creature was.
It disengaged from the vaginal canal and came out. Perhaps it was Tom Rothman who said in response "We're not having a fucking boner in an Alien movie!"
Jeunet would even confess later on "Even for me, it was too much."
So, in the end, the genitals wouldn't be seen, they shot around them and because of the creature's height, there would be a lot of shooting over its shoulder, and in some cases, they would have to digitally remove the genitals.
The digital genital removal in Alien Resurrection was surely a first.
See: Sex with the Alien newborn
- Gillis: And leave it to a French director to get back to the sexuality of the franchise! [Laughs] The original Alien is a weird sex movie, basically, while both Aliens and Alien 3 are more about parental issues like motherhood. So Jeunet did bring back a sexual component, like the makeout scene with the Newborn. There we were with a 1500-lb. hydraulic creature, and Sigourney Weaver is embracing it and caressing it. It was a little bit scary, because it could have knocked Sigourney out if something happened and it head-butted her. It had a gliding tongue we could control, and there were several takes where we got it right in Sigourney’s mouth. There was also an articulated erection that we built [for the Newborn]. It sort of disengaged from the vaginal canal and came out. I think [former Fox executive] Tom Rothman was the one who said, “We’re not having a f—ing boner in an Alien movie!” And later on, Jean-Pierre confessed: “Even for me, it was too much.” [Laughs] But he went for it. He stayed true to the themes [of the franchise] and was as garish as Paul Verhoeven would have been. (https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/alien-creature-design-duo-takes-us-inside-20-years-xenomorph-ing-174139859.html)
- Alec Gillis: There was this issue of the Newborn's genitalia, and Jean Pierre used to joke that since he was French, he had to have something sexy in the movie. Sigourney is a daring actress and she and Jean-Pierre wanted to disturb the Fox executives. Sigourney in particular was in favor of going further with the sexual attraction between the Newborn and Ripley, to the point where the creature would have articulated genitalia. So we built them; they were a combination of make and female organs. We wanted to be a little vague about what the sex of the creature is. Ultimately you don't see the genitals as much - they shot around them. Because of the Newborn's height there was a lot of shooting over its shoulders, and in some cases they had to digitally remove the genitals. I'm not sure that has ever been done before - digital genital removal. (Fangoria #170, p28)