The filming of the alley scene was very troublesome for the filmmakers, due to the rough neighborhood. The alley was littered with garbage, most of which was used in the film, and plagued with large rats. Local residents angered by the noise created by the film crew would throw bottles and paper bags filled with feces from windows at the crew in the alley below. Worst of all, the film crew found a dead body hidden among the garbage. "The most horrible places I've ever had to film in were the alleys in downtown Los Angeles," Shane Mahan commented, "and Predator 2 was shot in a lot of those disgusting alleys. They were dirty and depressing and gross, with people peeing on walls. We'd be rigging something, and there would be rats there."
The Jamaican voodoo posse gangs seen in the film were based on actual gangs that were terrorizing New York City and Kansas City in the mid to late 1980s.
With more time than the original "Predator (1987)," Stan Winston, Stephen Hopkins, and Lawrence G. Paull came up with ideas and designs with more exotic weapons (the retractable spear, the detachable pincers, the Smart Disc, the net, et cetera.) for the Predator to use, to differentiate this film from the previous one.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said no to "Predator 2 (1990)" because he didn't like the new director, or the new script.
Stephen Hopkins was given the task of directing "Predator 2 (1990)" after greatly impressing the studio when directing "A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)." He had been given just four weeks to shoot, and a further four weeks to edit the film. This meant that he had to shoot on one stage while the crew dressed the other, allowing them to shoot almost continually.
Several of the hunting party members were played by players from the Los Angeles Lakers; Danny Glover was a big fan, and when the production needed several very tall people to play the background Predators, he asked them to help out.
The plot underwent a few changes in its earliest stages. Gary Busey's character, Keyes, was actually intended to be Dutch, Arnold Schwarzenegger's character from the first film. Schwarzenegger was very outspoken against the sequel's concept, feeling that taking it into the city was a bad idea, and declined the role.
The spear weapon that was used in the film disappeared and was reported stolen after filming was completed.
After having the lower portion of its left arm sliced off, the City Hunter was played in wide shots by one-armed stuntman R. David Smith.
Kevin Peter Hall had studied African tribal dances, in order to get into the feel and flexibility of the Predator, and to give him a personality.
In a backstory explaining Dutch's (the hero of the first film) absence from the sequel, Keyes had learned of Dutch's encounter with the Predator and tracked him down to a hospital. Dutch was being treated for radiation sickness, thought to be a result of exposure to the Predator's self-destruct device. After hearing Dutch's account of events, Keyes and the O.W.L.F. team were sent to the jungle to investigate, and studied the site where the Predator detonated the device. They found evidence of a spaceship launch in the jungle, and the deceased Predator's ship had automatically returned to the Predator home world. Dutch later escaped from the hospital and vanished, and Keyes believed he was still alive.
The subway attack scene was directly adapted from the first Predator comic book series. The producers thought it was cool, and wanted to use it in the film.
King Willie (Calvin Lockhart) is said to practice Voodoo, yet Voodoo is not commonly practiced in Jamaica and actually comes from Haiti. King Willie is more likely a Rastafarian, which is a common religion in Jamaica and would explain his dreadlocks and the fact he calls Harrigan "Babylon" (a Rastafarian term for the justice system which they see as oppressive and corrupt).
Rubén Blades was giving a live television interview to Good Morning America (1975) from the set of this movie. During the interview, Stephen Hopkins walked on camera, and ordered Blades back to work very loudly. The incident was so embarrassing, Blades and Hopkins did another interview a few days later to apologize.
Respirators were required during the slaughterhouse sequence, due to the debris and chemicals that had filled up inside the set.
The Elder Predator suit was made from the original Jungle Hunter outfit from Predator (1987) with different armor pieces applied. The Elder's head was likewise recycled from the Jungle Hunter's outfit, and was modified with foam latex appliances to alter its appearance, according to special effects artist Shane Mahan: "We changed the structure and look of it a bit, and broke a tusk on it to make it look older". The Elder was played by an uncredited Kevin Peter Hall, who plays the City Hunter and the first film's Jungle Hunter.
The film was re-cut over twenty times, according to Stephen Hopkins, because of more graphic shots of mutilated bodies and decapitations by the Predator. The film was initially given an NC-17 rating.
Elpidia Carrillo, who played Anna in the first film, has her name listed in the sequel's credits, yet doesn't seem to appear in the actual film. Look carefully during the scene inside Peter Keyes' mobile headquarters, and you will spot her. When Keyes (Gary Busey) describes how the creature activated a self-destruct device in "Predator (1987)," you can briefly spot Anna on one of the video screens. Carrillo filmed a debriefing scene, in which she talks to the camera and describes the events of the first film, but it was cut from the sequel.
The original storyline of the film was to have taken place in New York City, but Jim Thomas and John Thomas quickly changed it to Los Angeles, because of budget concerns. The scene where the Predator raises the skull during the lighting storm was to have taken place atop the Chrysler Building.
As with Predator (1987), two full bodysuits were made for filming along with an articulated "hero" head and a static stunt head. A special animatronic bust was also constructed, the head of which was capable of a greater range of fine movements for use in close-ups where the Predator is seen talking. The City Hunter's bio-mask was redesigned being more angular and bronze in color, while the Predators armor featured more ridged patterns and was colored to match the new mask. Notably, the City Hunter's armor pieces were manufactured separately and worn on the suit, unlike the armor in the first film which had largely been molded as a part of the suit itself due to time constraints. Numerous weapons that had been conceived for the first film but were ultimately cut were resurrected for the City Hunter including the Speargun and Combistick the new weapons were attached to the creatures armor when not in use- the Smart Disc was held on the right thigh, the Netgun affixed to the right calf and the Speargun was housed in the left Wrist Gauntlet.
John McTiernan's fee after "Die Hard (1988)" was two million dollars. That's why he declined to direct this movie, because the executives wanted to keep the budget the same as on the first film.
The fact that the City Hunter returned Danny's necklace in the cemetery could be evidence that the creature respects him, although it could also have been a means to taunt or intimidate Harrigan, who was at the cemetery.
This was the first film to be given the newly instituted NC-17 rating in the U.S. for its graphic violence, before it was re-cut to its final theatrical length.
According to Screenwriters Jim Thomas and John Thomas, a Predator sequel had not been planned, and they had to wait to see how successful the Predator comic book series would be. After the series was a hit, Producer Joel Silver was finally able to convince Fox to make the sequel, which was immediately greenlit.
The Predators seen on the ship make a special appearance in the humorous behind the scenes "Danny Glover's Predator Dance Party" video.
The Sergeant (Steve Kahan) to whom Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) briefly talks at the beginning of the movie played his boss (Captain Murphy) in all four Lethal Weapon movies.
The Predator's sounds consist of pre-recorded animal sounds from cats, tigers, lions, bears, et cetera.
According to Gary Busey in an interview, after the events of the first film Keyes and the C.I.A. had been conducting missions in the jungles, in which Dutch had been involved, but they had lost Dutch. This explains why Dutch (Schwarzenegger) didn't appear in the sequel.
John Lithgow was Stephen Hopkins' first choice for Peter Keyes, but Joel Silver pushed for Gary Busey instead.
The slaughterhouse sequence took about four days to shoot, and was extremely difficult, according to Stephen Hopkins, due to the amount of water used, and the lighting of the sequence.
Keyes (Gary Busey) is the first character to ever use the word "predator" to refer to the creature on-screen when he says "we've prepared a trap for this predator". The word "predators" is also used by Isabelle in Predators (2010), but she uses it to refer to the human characters in the film, not the Predator creatures. It wasn't until The Predator (2018) that the creature itself is referred to as 'predator' again.
The Predator Elder has a scrap of olive drab fabric with a patch on it, on his right forearm. The patch is for the U.S. Army's 2nd Infantry Division. The 2nd Infantry Division was involved in some of the worst fighting of the Korean War, especially during China's winter offensive. If this Predator did kill an American soldier during the Korean War, that would imply that the Predators are not strictly attracted to "heat and conflict". Though during the summer, South Korea is known to be hot and humid.
At one point, Patrick Swayze was approached to star in the film, but was unable because he was injured during the filming of Road House (1989).
The brief scene with the hunting party was the most expensive to make in the entire film. Stan Winstons effects team had to build nine additional, unique Predator suits for just a few minutes of screentime.
Greyback's Plasmacaster is unique in that the laser pointer is built into the weapon itself, rather than mounted on the Predator's Bio-Mask.
At one point, when talking to the Predator, Harrigan begins to quote Dutch's line, "You're one ugly motherfucker," from Predator (1987). However, the City Hunter grabs his throat before he can finish and completes the rest of the line for him. This would imply that the City Hunter had either overheard the word before and simply predicted what Harrigan was going to say, or had somehow gained knowledge of the Jungle Hunter's exploits in Val Verde. It is possible that it learned it from his confrontation with Jerry, who called him a "motherfucker" before his death. The novelization of the film explains that the Jungle Hunter's Bio-Mask recorded everything that happened in Val Verde and relayed it to its ship, which then returned home with this information after the creature's death. Even though the Jungle Hunter was not actually wearing its mask at the time Dutch says the line, it was lying on the ground nearby, and could still potentially have been recording. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) later confirmed that Predator Bio-Masks can indeed record data that is sent to the Predator homeworld, where it can be evaluated by other Predators.
Henry Kingi, who plays the Scorpio killed on the roof, also had an uncredited role as a guerrilla in the first movie.
The prop flintlock pistol used in Predator 2 was a commercially available non-firing replica from the Spanish manufacturer Denix, made in cast pot metal and hardwood. The external miquelet mainspring and full-cock sear were purely decorative, as the replica used the same internal dry-fire mechanism as the other Denix models. It was reportedly customized for the movie by Keystone Arsenal Replicas. Modifications appear limited to the removal of the original die-cast sideplate and fabrication of the oversized engraved sheet metal replacement.
Bill Paxton, the actor who played Jerry Lambert, has starred in the franchises of both the Predator and the Alien series. Along with Predator 2, he's also starred as Private Hudson in Aliens (1986), the first sequel of the Alien franchise.
In the original Predator (1987), when the camera pans to the Predator's HUD view, human voices are audible as high-pitched. In Predator 2 (1990), human voices are audible as low-pitched. However, it is also revealed that the Predator has several visors at its disposal, so this may also affect the way it records sounds.
Besides the City Hunter and the Elder Greyback, the Los Angeles hunting party predators consisted of Boar, Both, Guardian, Hippie, Ram, Scout, Snake, Stalker,
John McTiernan was offered the chance to direct, but turned it down to work on The Hunt for Red October (1990).
In Keyes's backstory: Keyes and the OWLF were sent to the jungles of Val Verde to investigate what had occurred and the nuclear explosion. At the site where Predator detonated his self destruct device, Keyes and the OWLF found evidence of the Predator's spaceship and it had automatically blasted off and returned to the Predator's home planet upon his death. Keyes visited Dutch at a hospital as he was being treated for radiation sickness and both Dutch and Anna were interviewed about their deadly encounter with the Predator. But, Dutch escaped from the hospital and vanished.
The City Hunter seems to be slightly taller than the Predator in the first film. In the film's commentary it is stated that he stands 8 ft tall.
Ice Cube's song "Predator" uses a sampling of the Jamaican gang leaders dialogue with Danny Glover's character.
It is unclear if the hunting party represented an entire (albeit very small) clan, or whether they were merely a few individuals from a much larger clan operating on a collective Hunt.
In the novelization of Predator 2 the scene where the City Hunter scales the building with Jerry's skull and spine and raises its Combistick to the sky attracting a bolt of lightning happens far earlier and the skull in its hand at the time was Danny's not Jerry's.
The Predators of the hunting party (not including the City Hunter) are often referred to collectively as the "Lost Predators" because the suits used to depict them on film were literally lost after production was completed.
Elpidia Carrillo and Kevin Peter Hall are the only actress and actor from the first film to make an appearance in this film.
Originally there was a greater subplot regarding Leona's pregnancy. The scene where Harrigan meets Jerry at a bar to discuss Keyes was originally part of a longer scene where the officers celebrate Leona's birthday there. Her husband Rick was introduced during this sequence, although neither of them knew Leona was pregnant at the time. Before he talks with Jerry, Harrigan briefly chats with Leona, who reveals one of the bodies from the massacre at the beginning of the film is missing (likely the corpse hanging from the roof that the City Hunter is seen dragging away). The whole scene was reduced to just the conversation between Harrigan and Jerry in the final version of the film, although it appeared in the novelization.
When Harrigan says "you are one ugly..." and the creature interrupts him to finish the sentence, it does so in a Germanic accent (like Dutch in the previous film), which indicates that it must have studied what happened in Predator 1.
In the Hunters and The Hunted: the making of 'Predator 2', Gary Busey states that his character "set up the last mission" (referring to the mission in Predator (1987)), and that Dutch was "lost" nine weeks after the events of the previous film. He also states that the Predators understand the quantum theory of gravity and that the OWLF'S objective is to talk with The Predator to determine why and how he does what he does, and where his weaponry and self-defense mechanisms come from, however it is not entirely clear how serious Busey is being in this interview.
the City Hunter does not even attempt to put its Bio-Mask back on after Harrigan removes it in the slaughterhouse; the Predator didn't intentionally remove it out of some sense of honor, and the technological edge it provided would have aided the creature greatly. The creature also apparently has trouble breathing without it, using a hand-held mask to assist in this regard. The novel attempts to explain this oversight by saying that the Mask was lost down a drain when the Predator hurls Harrigan away. It also seems somewhat strange that the Predator needs any kind of handheld device to assist in its breathing, as other Predators have been seen without their masks on Earth for comparable or longer periods of time without this requirement. One possible explanation is that the apparatus is not actually a respiratory aid, but rather administers some form of stimulant or medicinal aid to temporarily keep the Predator going, on account of the numerous gunshot wounds to the torso it had received. It is also possible that, while the atmosphere of Earth itself is not harmful to the Predator, the inherent airborne pollution of an urban area might be.
The gunfight in East Los Angeles was shot in three long days, with the exception of the interiors of the building, which was shot on the Fox lot.
The widescreen VHS released in the UK in April 1998 had the very unusual aspect ratio of 2.05:1 despite the fact that the film was intended to be in 1.85:1. This was the only release of the film to be framed in this ratio.
The studio kept pushing for Steven Seagal as the lead, to which Stephen Hopkins declined. Seagal went on to another Jamaican themed movie Marked for Death (1990).
In the novel Harrigan doesn't kill the Predator but severely wounds it with the Smart Disc at which point the Elder Predator and other Hunters arrive at which point City Hunter willingly allows the Elder Predator to decapitate it.
In the novelization of Predator 2, Keyes mentions Dutch's "Olympian physique"; this is likely a humorous nod to Schwarzenegger, who won the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition seven times before becoming an actor.
Originally, the Predators in Predator (1987) and this were never given names and were simply known as "The Predator" however in the video game Predator: Concrete Jungle (2005) the two creatures appeared as alternate skins for the player character under the names "Jungle Hunter-Central America 1987",and "City Hunter-Los Angeles 1997".
When the Predator is treating his injuries in the bathroom of the apartment, Alex Trebek, the host of Jeopardy! (1984), can be heard giving the final jeopardy "answer": "Berengaria, who never set foot in England, was its queen for eight years after marrying this king on Cyprus?" The "question", in case you're interested, is, "Who is Richard I?"
The Smart Disc was designed and created by Stan Winston Studio. SWS concept designer Mark "Crash" McCreery drew some sketches of the Disc illustrating how to grip it. Stan Winston Studio built multiple Discs, from hero versions that opened and lit up, to simpler stunt versions. The servo parts were seemingly used only on the heroes, as most known hardcopy stunts props don't include the metal hardware needed to mount them.
The Netgun is somewhat similar in principle to the Taser Web rifles used by human personnel to non-fatally restrain Xenomorphs and other targets at Charon Base in the comic book series Aliens: Rogue.
Danny Glover, Gary Busey and Steve Kahan previously worked together in Lethal Weapon (1987).
The "sensors" and "equipment" Keyes and his team is seen using to monitor at the slaughterhouse was mostly actual film and television production equipment.
Among Greyback's trophies is a sword, dog tags and a patch from the United States 2nd Infantry Division, which is on his left arm.
The Los Angeles Metro Rail (which has a big scene in the picture) began operation on July 14, 1990. The film was released on November 21, 1990, showcasing the new rail system. The events in the film occurred in 1997.
During the production of Predator 2, the special effects team quickly realized it would be impossible to construct a prop that could extend from the Combistick's fully retracted position to its fully extended position, as the change in length between the two was simply too great. As a result, two prop spears were built -- one that could extend the first telescoping section on either side, and a second with those sections already extended and fixed in place that could then extend the final sections out to the weapon's full length. The switch between the two props in the film was masked either through clever cutting, or by having the spear pass out of frame so that a member of the crew could hand Kevin Peter Hall (who played the Predator) the other prop while the Combistick was out of sight of the audience.
The shotgun, with which Mike Harrigan uses and also to shoot the Predator, at the end in the slaughterhouse, is a 12 gauge Benelli M1 Super 90 "Entry", semi-automatic with a cut-down barrel, removed stock, pistol grip and laser sight. The shotgun had previously been the main weapon carried by the title character in the short-lived 1980's Sam Jones-starring television series The Highwayman.
Two Predator comics characters appear to be clear references, or at least homages, to Keyes -- the special agents "Blondie" from Predator: Race War and Claude Loudermilk from Predator: Bad Blood (both of whom may or may not be the same person). Both characters are, like Keyes, Caucasian, blonde, impeccably dressed in suits, egotistical and slightly power-mad special agents who lead a secret government task force hunting the Predators.
The character of Serviteur Houngan in the video game Predator: Concrete Jungle (2005) is also referred to as "King Willie" likely as a homage both characters share similar roles, being the spiritual leaders of Jamaican criminal games.
Mike's handgun is a brushed chrome .357 Magnum chambered Desert Eagle Mark VII with laser-sight, Leona's handgun is a Sig-Sauer P226 with a LASERAIM sight, Danny's hangun is a Smith & Wesson 4506 with weaponlight attachment, and Jerry carries a nickel variant Sig-Sauer P226 with a black laser sight.
When Gary Busey's character jumps out to attack the Predator, he shouts, "Guess who's back!" This is a nod to Arnold Schwarzenegger's line in The Terminator (1984), "I'll be back." Schwarzenegger starred in the first Predator movie, and was supposed to return as Busey's character, but turned it down, due to a dislike of the script and new director.
The distinctive nickel-plated Micro-Uzi used by El Scorpio (Henry Kingi) in the opening shootout appeared in several action movies of the 80s and 90s including the Running Man (1987) and Total Recall (1990) both of which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger who was the main protagonist in the first Predator (1987).
The last name of the character "Danny" (Rubén Blades) is "Archuleta". J. Tom Archuleta was the Second Assistant Director of this movie and Predator (1987).
The Predator appears to live by a code of rules, including not killing unarmed people, children or pregnant women.
In the original script, the penthouse sacrificial scene of the Colombian drug lord Ramon Vega was very different. The script shows that the Jamaicans still attack Vega's place, but before they can kill him, the Predator strikes and wipes out the Voodoo Posse. Ramon Vega witnesses all this happen as the Predator spares him since he's unarmed, and is thus later used by Keyes to gain information on the Predator. In the final shooting script, they switch it so that Vega is killed while his girlfriend witnesses the Predator kill everyone in the penthouse and she is thus used by Keyes and his agents to gather intelligence on the Predator.
The plot is largely based on the first Predator comic, Concrete Jungle (1989), which also moved the action to a major city during a heat wave (New York, originally intended as the film's setting before it was changed to Los Angeles), starred a police officer and featured shady government officials trying to cover up the existence of the Predators and acquire their technology. In the comic, that official was General Phillips from the first film, and the lead character was the brother of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character.
Stephen Hopkins said that Arnold Schwarzenegger refused a supporting role not because he didn't like the script; he refused because he didn't want to postpone the filming of Kindergarten Cop (1990), which started filming in October. Hopkins said he was relieved, because if Arnold was ultimately on board, massive script rewrites would have been necessary. (Source: Impact magazine 32.April 1991)
At one point, while tailing Harrington and King Willy, the Predator is shown perched on a grotesque. The grotesque is a duplicate of the stainless steel eagles that adorn the Chrysler Building in New York City.
The music that played as Mac mourned Blain in the previous film plays as Mike visits Danny's grave, before he finds Danny's necklace.
The actor who plays LAPD Captain Pilgrim is Kent McCord. This is a reference to Adam-12 (1968), in which McCord played LAPD Police Officer Jim Reed.
The Predator's name, "Borg", comes from his armor, which has a cybernetic appearance. It is likely a reference to the Borg, an extraterrestrial cyborg race from the Star Trek franchise.
The last Predator movie for 20 years until Predators (2010). However, during the 20 year gap between Predator 2 and Predators, the crossover films Alien Vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) were released.
A model of the predator Borg was released under the name "Lost Predator". However, this title is somewhat of a misnomer as the term "Lost Predators" was applied generally to all of the members of the hunting party seen in Predator 2 (not including the City Hunter) when the suits used to portray them were literally lost after filming was completed.
In the original draft of the screenplay, Dutch from the original film was set to return and was going to lead a team to hunt down the Predator in Los Angeles. But, Arnold Schwarzenegger disliked the script and that his character became the villain and he declined to return and Dutch was replaced by Peter Keyes.
Second collaboration between Gary Busey and Adam Baldwin, the first being D.C. Cab from the 80s.
Danny Glover, Gary Busey and Steve Kahan all previously co-starred in the first "Lethal Weapon" (1987).
The song Soul To Bleed by Carfax Abbey samples some sounds from the Predator's point of view. Specifically "Mike... radar secure. Just take it easy. Right Here".
Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to return as Dutch because he disliked the script and Arnold Schwarzenegger had signed on to do Total Recall (1990) instead.
The spaceship seemed to be there as a kind of Headquarters for the Predator aliens. Other than to hunt, no explanation is given as to their presence. Viewers have suggested that (1) each Predator was sent out to hunt. They all go hunting in various places at the same time or in close time frames in order to minimize the chance of being discovered. Once their hunt is complete, they return to the headquarters and head back into space. The predator in this film was simply the last to complete his hunt. (2) The ship was there to collect the Predator before his hunt was complete because he wasn't following the ritual and was being too high-profile.
Of all the sequels and spin-offs to Predator (1987), Predator 2 is the only numbered sequel (as the rest is called Alien vs. Predator (2004), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), Predators (2010) and The Predator (2018)).
When The Predator stalks Harrigan at the graveyard, the Predator encounters a boy with a toy machine gun, but does not kill him, when The Predator learns that the toy machine gun is fake and lets the boy live. The Predator is known to kill those who are armed with weapons. If the boy was armed with a real machine gun - The Predator would have likely killed him, though the fact that he is a child might have dissuaded him, as Predators don't kill children.
Sister Souljah's first single and video, 1991's "The Final Solution: Slavery's Back in Effect," samples the dialogue from the first scene liberally.
Several years after the film's release, Gary Busey's son Jake starred as Ace Levy in Starship Troopers (1997). Based on the book by Robert Heinlein, the film is about space marines battling deadly bug-like alien creatures (one critic described the film as the "Aliens of the 90s"). In the final confrontation between Harrigan and the Predator, Harrigan discovers a skull of a Xenomorph in the Predator spacecraft. The crossover film Alien vs. Predator (2004) was released in 2004.
Keyes notably shares his middle initial with another antagonistic government/corporate agent Carter J. Burke from Aliens (1986).
The brief scene featuring the Predator hunting party was the films most expensive, requiring Stan Winston's team to build nine additional, customized Predator suits for just a few minutes of screen time.
How is it nobody noticed the Predator's spacecraft land in the middle of L.A. Two theories have been offered. (1) She uses an invisibility cloak and also has a silent run. This is supported in the first AvP film when Lex sees the ship decloak not 20 yards from her while she was standing in the open, and she didn't even notice it. (2) The Predators on the ship had all taken turns hunting in the city which may have taken decades. So they landed before the technology to detect her was invented and the area wasn't developed yet or the population was minimal at the time so nobody saw her, which might explain how the ship wound up being located in a tunnel beneath a building. However, part of this theory is extremely unlikely, as the types of killings done by the Predator were unheard of in Los Angeles at the time. Had there been repeated visits to the area at more or less regular intervals, the LAPD, sheriff's office, California state police and the FBI would have records of similar cases. Assuming that the ship's cloak and silent run are sufficient to avoid visual detection by pedestrians and bystanders, this does not rule out that the ship was detected by radar. This would certainly explain why Keyes and his team are very quick to intervene during the gang war at the beginning, forbidding Harrigan and his team to enter the building. As Keyes explains, they have quite some knowledge of the Predator species and their modus operandi, so when they detect unidentified flying objects that are not visually confirmed, they probably know what they are dealing with.
While much of Predator had been filmed in remote Mexican jungles, Predator 2 was shot in the streets of Los Angeles. But crewmembers were soon longing for the jungle locations.
The film's critical and financial failure dissuaded 20th Century Fox from continuing the franchise and it was put on hold, to instead focus on the potential crossover film Alien vs. Predator (2004) which lingered in development hell for years.
In "Lethal Weapon," Danny Glover and Steve Kahan played the good guys and Gary Busey played one of the main antagonists. In "Predator 2," Glover, Kahan, and Busey all play good guys.
Stan Winston Studio artists altered some elements of the Predator design, both to distinguish this Predator from his predecessor and to serve Stephen Hopkins' vision of the character as more urban and hip, befitting the sequel's street setting." The director wanted this Predator to be more colorful," said Mahan, "with flashier, more intricate weapons. The design of the Predator's head was also altered a bit to make it look like it was a different individual - the same species, but a different character. It was steeper and a little shallower.
For the character designated the 'Elder', the Stan Winston crew used the original Predator head, modified slightly with foam latex appliances. "We changed the structure and the look of it a bit," said Mahan, "and broke a tusk on it to make it look older. It was fun to go back and do that guy again."
The crew built multiple suits and heads, with various paint schemes, for a scene aboard the alien spaceship, in which a number of Predators are seen.
"I remember being at the top of a thirteen-story building with Kevin Peter Hall and his stunt double one day when we were shooting Predator 2," recalled Shane Mahan, "just strapped to the building's edge, hanging there, for a long, long time. That's the kind of thing that isn't a lot of fun when you're going through it; but it is great to look back on as an experience." "Doing creature work is always easiest on stage," John Rosengrant added, "in the controlled environment of a studio. But, on the other hand, shooting on location is more of an adventure."
For Predator's decapitation of voodoo priest and Jamaican gang leader, King Willie, Stan Winston Studio artists created a totally realistic severed head with a reference photo of Calvin Lockhart.
Stan Winston's team created several extraterrestrial skulls for the Predator trophy room. Most of them unnamed alien species sprung from the SWS artists' imaginations. However, in a fun nod to the Dark Horse comic Alien vs Predator, John Rosengrant and Shane Mahan decided to include an Alien Warrior skull in the Predator's trophy case. The skull was sculpted by Kevin Hudson.
A reference to the 1980 horror/sci/fi film Without Warning is made during a Commentary of this film. It's briefly mentioned around the time the City Hunter uses the Smart Disc weapon. There was a likeness to its predecessor's choice of weapon. Only their discs were made as living organic weapons. The living discs could also glow in the dark similar to the City Hunter's cutting edged disc.
The opening scene (the big shootout) was filmed on the same block & street as a scene in Taking Care of Business (1990). See filming locations.
The build for Predator 2 included the basic suit and head, plus a mechanized insert puppet head that had more intricate mouth movement for shots of the Predator speaking - something the character did not do in the first film.
Illustrating concepts for Predator 2 was the first job assigned to Mark 'Crash' McCreery, a musician and recent graduate from the Art Center in Pasadena who would play a crucial role at Stan Winston Studio for a number of years. When it appeared that his rock and roll aspirations were not going to pan out, McCreery determined to make a living as an artist - but not in any traditional way.