Prey Monster Actor: The Predator is 6’8 basketball star Dane DiLiegro

Dan Trachtenberg’s “Predator” prequel, “Prey,” has dominated the social media excitement since debuting on Hulu on Aug. 5, and the horror action film has since become the streamer’s biggest original film or TV launch in history. The film instantly made stars of Amber Midthunder and Dakota Beavers. But what about Dane DiLiegro? If you don’t know his name, you certainly know his work in Prey, considering he’s the man underneath all the Predator makeup and prosthetics.

“I was told to give this creature a balletic slenderness,” DiLiegro recently told the New York Times of his role as the Predator. “The #1 word the director used was ‘wild.'”

DiLiegro is 6ft 8½ inches tall and before playing Creatures in Hollywood he was a basketball player, first at the University of New Hampshire and then professionally in Europe for eight years. His path to cinema began when he answered an ad for an extra in a film in his hometown of Boston.

“I ended up just standing around on set all day talking to the stunt coordinator,” DiLiegro said, adding that it was the stunt coordinator who first told him, “Dude, you gotta be in monster movies.”

DiLiegro’s first stint was starring in a Korean series for Netflix called Sweet Home, in which he played “a mutated human the size of a door that would burst through walls and chase people and crush them.”

“I had to wear this foam latex suit that weighed 80 pounds,” DiLiegro said. “My feet were four inches off the ground and my toes stuck out four inches. I weighed 320 pounds with this suit on, and foam latex is a sponge so the weight would increase throughout the day. I had never traded before. Ok, I did do drama at summer camp I think, but it was kind of an elective.

DiLiegro later played a creature in American Horror Story and then took on the role of the Predator in Prey. He currently resides in West Hollywood and told the Times he studies the work of creature master Doug Jones, best known for playing monsters in Guillermo del Toro projects like Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth.

“People don’t realize that there’s a lot of nuance that goes into playing a monster,” DiLiegro said. “With every movement, your body tells a story. One day I hope to play a human too.”

“Prey” is now streaming on Hulu. Prey Monster Actor: The Predator is 6’8 basketball star Dane DiLiegro

Charles Jones

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