Olmos Teases Black’s “The Predator” As Funny

“Battlestar Galactica” veteran Edward James Olmos, out doing press rounds for Pixar’s “Coco,” has spoken about his role in Shane Black’s “The Predator”. His co-star on the film, Thomas Jane, revealed some of the new film’s story details the other week.

Olmos’ comments seem to corroborate Jane’s information, and he talks more about the film’s tone which he says will be funnier than you’d expect this would be, thanks mostly to Black. He tells Cinema Blend:

“I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don’t get me wrong. You’re gonna be inside of it. But the characters are… what he did – Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he’s a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn’t be laughing in the scene. ‘I’m sorry guys. Really, I’m sorry.'”

The previous “Predator” movies have all adopted an incredibly stern approach, though the original first film notably had character-based humor and scored good mileage out of its aggressively macho cast which included Black himself as the short-lived on screen comic relief.

As Jane said, the new sequel/refresh revolves around a group of “shell-shocked” soldiers and their larger than life personalities being played for laughs whenever appropriate. Olmos adds to that, saying how the ensemble pairs off into three groupings:

“Because Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane, they make… they’re paired off in groups of three groups. Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”

“The Predator” is currently targeting an August 3rd 2018 release.