"Aliens" is impossible to imagine without Sigourney Weaver
, but as it turned out, the actress might not have played in the film, if not for James Cameron
In a conversation with GQ, the director told a story about the backstage of the cult science fiction. He wrote the script with Weaver/Ripley in mind, but later found out that 20th Century Fox did not agree with Sigourney about her participation in the filming. The actress really liked the script, but she was already a star, so she could demand a higher fee, which the studio did not want to agree to. Then Cameron called Arnold Schwarzenegger
's agent with an idea that allegedly came to his mind: just throw Ripley out of the script, rewrite it, so as not to look for another actress for this role. James didn't really plan to do this, but he knew that Arnie's agent worked at the same firm as Weaver's representative, and he hoped that word of mouth would do the trick. And it did. Immediately after the conversation with Cameron Arnold, the agent dialed his colleague with the words: "Sign Sigourney's contract [for Aliens] right now." 12 hours later, the contract was signed, so James didn't even have to pretend to rewrite anything. "Everything worked out, Sigourney got her million bucks, everyone was happy," the director adds.