Gone at age 61. It's just not right.
Thanks for the memories.
William "Bill" Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and director. The films in which he appeared include The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997).
Paxton also starred in the HBO series Big Love (2006–2011) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.
Game Over Man, GAME OVER!
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(Entertainment) - In real life, the actor, who died Sunday at age 61, was as genuine as they come. A true-life good guy. Curious, kind. Always reaching out.
The last time I crossed paths with Paxton was at Comic-Con this past summer, where I hosted the Q&A for the Aliens 30th anniversary panel. Almost the entire cast was there, and he seemed as electrified as the thousands of fans in Hall H to relive the movie in which he died so spectacularly.
As delighted as he was to bellow Private Hudson’s plaintive wail of “Game over, man!” to the crowd, Paxton was also characteristically humble. He recalled a day during the making of Aliens when the roof of the set started to collapse during one of his scenes.
“I thought, ‘God I must really be sucking here,'” the actor said. “When I played this character, when I got the call to do this, I was so thrilled, but at the same time, I was very nervous. It’s hard to sustain the guy that’s always scared. In retrospect, 30 years later, I’m looking and going… you know… yeah, it’s okay.”
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Sigourney Weaver took umbrage on the panel. “You were brilliant!” she declared, stoking cheers from the crowd: “He was brilliant, right?”
Paxton grinned. “I thought the character was just gonna wear out his welcome and people were going to go, ‘When is this guy going to die already?'” he said. “Jim used the Hudson character and me in the role as kind of a pressure release valve.”
“That’s exactly what it was,” director and writer James Cameron interjected. “It’s a measure of the tension of the film on the audience. You give them the ability to laugh, and that releases the tension so it can build up again.”
“I just wish I coulda laughed more,” Paxton said.
“Then you gave him a heroic ending, saving us,” Weaver said to the filmmaker.
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