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"You don't wanna know me, lady. I'm a murderer and rapist of women."
Dillon (from Alien3)
Leonard Dillon
Leonard Dillon
Biographical information
Rank

Prisoner
Preacher

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair color

Dark Brown (eyebrows),shaved bald

Eye color

Brown

Chronological and political information
Affiliation

Fiorina 161 inmates

Status

Deceased[1] as of July[2] 2179.

Portrayed by

Charles S. Dutton

  [Source]

Leonard Dillon was an inmate at the Fiorina "Fury" 161 Class C Work Correctional Unit, one of several who stayed behind after the facility was officially closed down by Weyland-Yutani. He was involved in battling a lone Xenomorph that was born in the prison in 2179.

Dillon acted as something of a religious leader and preacher among the remaining inmates, leading them in prayer and overseeing their social harmony. When the prison's warden Superintendent Andrews was killed, Dillon became a reluctant leader for the survivors, despite initially refusing the role. He ultimately sacrificed himself to help kill the Xenomorph on Fiorina 161.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Dillon was sent to Fiorina 161 for committing "rape and first degree murder, 2 counts".[3] The rape victim was a woman.

Dealing with RipleyEdit

When Ellen Ripley arrived on Fiorina, Dillon was the first inmate to engage her in conversation, albeit somewhat reluctantly. Despite this initial hostility, he soon came to engage Ripley in a more amicable manner. When the bodies of Newt and Turk (mistaken at the time for Corporal Hicks) were cremated in the prison's furnace, Dillon spoke eloquently (and somewhat unexpectedly) to mark their passing, presenting an emotional eulogy.

When Junior, Gregor and several other prisoners attempt to rape Ripley, it is ironically Dillon who saves her, despite his past history. He brutally beats the offending individuals with a metal pipe. When the Dragon kills Superintendent Andrews, many of the inmates turn to Dillon for leadership, although he rejects such suggestions, instead asking Ripley to take command, citing her previous experience as an officer. He takes part in the plan to trap the Dragon in the nuclear waste dump with the other inmates, and it is after the plan's failure further asserts his position as a leader when Morse and Aaron almost comes to blows. Ripley later tells him about the embryo gestating inside her and asks Dillon to kill her. He angrily tells her that he needs her to help kill the Xenomorph, but that he will be happy to comply once the creature is dead.

Killing the Dragon and deathEdit

"You're all going to die. The only question is how you check out. Do you want it on your feet? Or on your fucking knees, begging? I ain't much for begging. Nobody ever gave me nothing. So I say fuck that thing! Let's fight it!"
Dillon, rousing the prisoners to fight the Dragon (from Alien3)

Out of options, Dillon finally accepts the burden of leadership and helps Ripley convince the other inmates to take part in her near-suicidal plan to use themselves as bait and lure the Dragon into the lead works so that it can be killed.  Dillon initially gives directions to the inmates, but after the plan starts to go awry Dillon heads into the maze himself, armed with a fireaxe.  After several minutes of chaotic chasing, Dillon and Ripley find themselves face-to-face with the Dragon in the mold where they intend to kill it with molten lead. When they attempt to escape the creature follows, forcing Dillon to remain behind and sacrifice himself while Ripley climbs out of the mold.  Ripley reminds him of his promise to 'take care of her', but Dillon calmly calls back, "God will take care of you now, sister". The Xenomorph then attacks Dillon, who (despite obviously being in agony) continues to fearlessly scream insults at the creature as it rips him apart.  His sacrifice kept the Xenomorph occupied long enough for Morse to pour the lead into the mold.

Assembly CutEdit

Dillon's position as a religious leader amongst the remaining prisoners on Fiorina is further displayed in the extended Assembly Cut of the film, in which he frequently leads the others in prayer, both as a regular ritual and in response to the worsening situation they find themselves in. He also admonishes Boggs and Rains when they openly insult and disrespect Golic, even in his presence. However, despite his apparent respect and admiration for his fellow prisoners on Fiorina, he also displays a lack of regard for the outside world, refusing to help Ripley stop Weyland-Yutani claiming the Dragon, even if such a course of events would spell doom for the human race.

Personality and TraitsEdit

Despite his insistence that he was a "murderer and rapist of women" and someone Ripley should stay away from, Dillon gradually built up a genuine friendship and respect for her, citing his faith as the reason for this. In his role as unofficial religious leader for the inmates, he appeared to genuinely care for his fellow inmates, although he was quick to reprimand, either verbally or physically, anyone who broke the self-imposed vows of the commune.

He had a history as a murderer and rapist of women, but like the remaining prisoners, he somehow managed to find God while incarcerated. He acts as an unofficial religious consultant for the other inmates and tries to keep the peace between them, attempting to appease Rains and Boggs's misgivings over Golic, and violently beating the men who attempt to rape Ripley. Dillon's distinguishing mark was the small scar on his left cheek.[3]

Behind the ScenesEdit

Alternate deathsEdit

The way in which Dillon's character died changed several times throughout the production. In an early draft, Dillon (named Malcolm at this point) gave his life to distract the Alien and prevent it from killing Morse in the assembly hall.[4] This was later modified as part of a deleted sequence where Dillon and Morse discover the Runner has built a Hive in the assembly hall where many of its previous victims, including Andrews, are cocooned. Again Dillon sacrifices himself to save Morse, this time pushing him out of a door and locking it behind him before facing the Xenomorph alone.[4]

A later revision of the script had Dillon survive and escape the lead mold before Morse buries the creature in molten lead. As the Weyland-Yutani team arrives, Ripley asks Dillon to kill her, as he had promised, to spare her the birth of the embryo inside her. He prepares to strangle her, but finds he cannot bring himself to do it. At that moment the Alien emerges from the lead and drags Dillon back into the boiling metal, killing him.[4] This version of the scene appears in the novelization of the film,[5] as well as the comic adaptation.[6]

TriviaEdit

  • In the novelization of Alien3, Dillon notably has hair in the form of a single dreadlock on his head, despite the problems with lice at the colony.[7] It can be assumed the fact he maintains this haircut is as a means of penance, due to the discomfort it would bring him, as well as a symbol of his status as a religious leader in the prison.

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Vincent Ward (writer) and David Fincher (director). Alien3 [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  2. Alien 3 (Comic) Issue 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Alien3 cards - 61. Dillon
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Weyland-Yutani Archives - The Alternate Deaths of Dillon". Retrieved on 2013-04-19.
  5. Alan Dean Foster (1992). Alien3 novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 180. 
  6. Alien 3 (Comic) Issue 3
  7. Alan Dean Foster (1992). Alien3 novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 21. 

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