There may have been blackened, smelly fake corpses littering the set of Predators in Austin, TX. at producer Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios… but there was no loss of appetite as the subject of moist, fluffy pancakes came up again and again. Horror.com was on the scene to get the lowdown on the monsters, but we also got the sweet lowdown on breakfast treats.
You see, director Nimród Antal has unique way of complimenting his cast and crew. KNB F/X artist and puppeteer Gregory Nicotero explains, "Nimrod has so much excitement and enthusiasm that he just yells at the end of a take, 'That's pancakes, baby! I love it!' And he just starts yelling all this crazy stuff, because he is so enthusiastic. Pancakes with bananas is really good. So now you start waiting on set… 'OK, am I going to get pancakes today?'"
Star Adrien Brody confirms. "I've gotten it. I've gotten a few 'blueberries on top' too. Yeah, I think his next Christmas gift is going to be... whatever I get him, I'm going to get him some pancakes and blueberries as well."
Not only is it a compliment, it's craving-contagious. Nicotero says, "One morning we went to breakfast and all the guys on my crew all got pancakes. And we were like, 'This is really weird; why are we getting pancakes?' And we realized it's because Nimrod says that every single day on set that you start craving them. We even had to order pancakes from the caterer the other day, to have [on set]!"
Antal wouldn't say where he came up with that unique daily affirmation, but he asserts, "I try to be enthusiastic. I am a little exhausted right now, I am, but yes, I try to keep the crew and the cast excited [on this grueling shoot] and I try to keep their spirits up as much as I can."
Hopefully, Predators will go just as well with popcorn. The hopeful blockbuster will be released nationwide on July 7.