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Which basketball player hides behind the monster in "Predator: Prey"?

Which basketball player hides behind the monster in “Predator: Prey”?

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    The picture of the ‘predator‘ has become an icon of action cinema. The last to wear the costume was another former basketball player, although the greats weren’t always chosen. In this case, the successor of Jean Claude Van Damme (the one chosen for the original role) was Dane DiLiegroa ex-professional of the basket of 2.06 meters in height which fit with the legendary presence that the human collector imposed on himself in ‘Predator: the prey’, available in Disney+.

    The reality is that in its original design, a giant actor was not needed to portray the alien hunter. In fact, Jean-Claude van Damme was chosen because he wanted an agile character closer to the usual image of a ninja. According to the makers of the film, they found that by placing him on screen alongside giants like Arnold Schwarzenegger (1.88 meters), Carl Weathers (1.88 meters) or Jesse Ventura (1.93 meters) the Predator has lost some of its menacing charisma. so they decided replace Van Damme (1.77 meters) by a former basketball player Kevin Peter Hall (2.18 meters) for the first two films.

    Dane DiLiegro, from basketball in Italy to “Predator: the prey”

    Three decades later, the one chosen to don the Predator costume in ‘Predator: the prey’ was Dane DiLiegro, a 2.06 meter young man who was a professional basketball player for eight seasons and until his retirement in 2019.

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    To embody the extraterrestrial, those responsible for the new film asked him for a small nuance compared to his predecessors. “I was asked to bring some slenderness to the creature“, admitted the heir to Van Damme and Kevin Peter Halla in ‘Predator: The Prey’. “The first word the director said to me was ‘wild'”, explained Dane DiLiegro about his way of working with the character he works with with an oversized costume.

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    Dane DiLiegro’s film career is still very short and he has mostly relied on strange creatures to take advantage of his size. The new Predator was his biggest role and he can repeat if there are sequels. However, the former basketball player who participated in ‘The Walking Dead’ without his name appearing or as a mutant in Korean ‘Sweet home’ I hope you will have other opportunities too. “One day, I also hope to have a human role” He was recognized.

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