The mandibled hunter from the popular Predator films is not a space alien, but actually a struggling actor named Howard Goldschwartz, who is obssessed with doing Austin Powers impressions.
At least that's the narrative in the latest sketch from The Late Late Show With James Corden, in which Corden (hidden under a deluge of prosthetics and makeup) plays the actor, attempting to break the typecasting mold in Hollywood that just wants him to play a trophy-collecting extraterrestrial. Why can't he be the next James Bond?
"I've been doing this a long time now," says Howard. "It's not like I'm ungrateful for my career, I am. It's just, I want to prove that I can be more than just the perfect killing machine. I've got so much more to offer. Did you know that I can sing?"
Howard worked as a waiter to support his acting career, but after blowing off the head of a mouthy customer (using his Predator laser tech), he went through a lengthy and expensive lawsuit. Luckily, he lands on his feet, securing the main role in the sitcom It Takes a Village. Despite being a ratings smash, an online petition asking for Howard's removal from the show gained over 19 million signatures, resulting in him being recast with Matt LeBlanc.
Today, Mr. Goldschwartz continues to do improv comedy twice a week with his group "Home Improv-ment" and recently signed on to star in six more Predator movies.
Shane Black's The Predator is now playing in theaters everywhere.