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The Real Meaning of Comanche Paintings in Predator: Prey

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MADRID, 11 Aug. (CultureLeisure) –

‘Predator: The Prey’ has become one of the summer hits on Disney+. The film directed by Dan Trachtenberg has been widely applauded by critics as well as by the public and is already considered the best installment of the franchise since the iconic 1987 film that starred arnold schwarzenegger. One of the most applauded elements of it has been the careful portrait he makes of Comanche culturesomething that has been reflected in elements as apparently superficial as the makeupbecause the facial paintings of the warriors, like that of the protagonist, keep a special meaning.

Set in the century XVIIIthree centuries before the mysterious alien figure caused terror to the paramilitary team led by Schwarzenegger in the iconic film directed by John McTiernan in 1987, this installment portrays the confrontation between a young Comanche wannabe warriorinterpreted by Amber Mid ThunderY the first predator that steps on the planet Earth. Since it portrays the life of Comanche Indians At that time, Trachtenberg, who is not of Comanche origin, sought advice and wanted to take care of every detail to convey the sensation of seeing an authentic tribe of the year 1719.

Hence, the filmmaker took such great care costume design, production, such as makeup and hairdressing and that required the face paints from both Naru and the rest of the Comanche warriors had to have meaning for the characters. Precisely, one of the most applauded aspects of the film is that it is committed to rigorously showing the customs and the daily life of the indigenous of this ethnic group in the eighteenth century.


Midthunder has revealed that the actorswhich were also of origin comanche, they chose their own makeup starting from the customs of their ancestors and relatives. Hence, although there were elements that unified the warriors as a tribe, the makeup also reflected the family heritage of each of the characters, giving it greater background. “They were able to collaborate on the face painting, also on the warriors. Some incorporated their own family heritage on her face or body paintings, which felt amazing. Has been very respectful of the production wanting to add it and that they could count on us and our cultures,” the actress told InStyle magazine.

‘Predator: The Prey’ has been one of the first Hollywood productions to bet on roll in Comanchealthough it was also decided to create a English dubbing for those moviegoers who don’t want to read subtitles. To this is added that its distribution has actors with roots of this indigenous ethnic group, only the interpreters who embodied the settlers were not of native origin. That yes, in the answer, Midthunder does not clarify if he was inspired by his own family heritage to Naru’s face paints.

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