Sigourney Weaver paid tribute to him Extraterrestrial Co-star Yaphet Kotto on Wednesday, recalling the intensity of the late actor when the two were directing the iconic 1979 sci-fi thriller.
“Every day, Yaphet Kotto blew me away on the set of ExtraterrestrialWeaver wrote in a short statement. “He just did it in every scene, raising the stakes higher and higher and giving each scene a terrifying reality. It was a nonstop master class for me and I will always be grateful to it.
Weaver ended his memory with the signature: “Rest In Peace Parker… Over and over, Ripley.”
Kotto, who died on Monday at age 81, played chief engineer Dennis Parker in Extraterrestrial, who almost comes out of the creature-besieged Nostromo, but of course Warrant Officer Ripley de Weaver is the only human to emerge alive. He also saves Ripley, but is ultimately killed by the alien before he can escape – thanks in part to Parker.
At the 2003 Toronto Film Festival, Kotto praised Extraterrestrial and director Ridley Scott for portraying a black man and woman in heroic roles, and also shared a movie anecdote about visiting the place in Washington DC where he saw the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King. As he stood with his daughter at the historic site, a group of tourists from Japanese children approached him. Kotto understood only one word: “Alien”.
Watch Kotto tell the story below.