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Republic of Val Verde flag, according to 20th Century Fox movies that show it.

The Republic of Val Verde,[1] commonly referred to as just Val Verde, is a country in Central America, bordering on Guatemala.[2] In 1987, Val Verde was chosen as the grounds for a Hunt by the "Jungle Hunter" Yautja of the Jungle Hunter Clan who was hoping to exploit the ongoing guerrilla war there.[2] This led it into conflict with several teams of elite American special forces engaged with the guerrillas, one of which was led by Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Val Verde is an entirely fictional country that was originally created for the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Commando, to avoid any possible diplomatic disputes from using real Central American country in the movie. Its name translates as "Green Valley", as "Val" is an apocope of "valle", the Spanish word for "valley".[3] It was subsequently re-used, perhaps as something of an inside joke, in Predator. The country went on to feature in several other films and TV series, including Supercarrier, Die Hard 2, Adventure Inc. and Rise of the Dinosaurs.

Puerto Vallarta, which had previous appeared in The Night of the Iguana, was used as the principal filming location for Predator, despite the objections of John McTiernan and Donald McAlpine. The early beach shots were taken at Puerto Vallarta and jungle scenes were shot slightly further inland. When more money was released by 20th Century Fox, McTiernan was able to shoot in his preferred location around Palenque (including the Misol-Ha waterfall) and about half of the final film came from this round of shooting.[4]

TriviaEdit

  • In Predators, Isabelle recounts the events of Predator to the people on the Game Preserve Planet. However, she incorrectly states those events took place in Guatemala, not Val Verde (although Dutch's team was briefed in Guatemala at the beginning of the film).
  • Val Verde has at least one international airport, Escalon Airport.[1]
  • The real-life goblin spider species Predatoroonops valverde is named after Val Verde; every member of the Predatoroonops genus has a name that references Predator, due to the perceived similarity between the spider's mouthparts and the Predator's mandibles.[5]
  • Val Verde is also the name of a real census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California, United States.

AppearancesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson (writers) and Renny Harlin (director). Die Hard 2 [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jim Thomas, John Thomas (writers) and John McTiernan (director). Predator [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  3. "Diccionario de la lengua española" (in spanish). Real Academia Española. Retrieved on September 29, 2014.
  4. Beautiful Monsters: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Alien and Predator Films (footnote 34, page 148, by David A. McIntee, Telos, 272 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-903889-94-4)
  5. Brescovit, Bonaldo, Santos, Ott & Rheims, 2012: The Brazilian goblin spiders of the new genus Predatoroonops (Araneae, Oonopidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, n. 370, pp. 1–68 (whole text).

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