The Thing at 35: Keith David reminisces about his first movie gig

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Jun 25, 2017, 1:00 PM EDT

You may not know that John Carpenter's The Thing was actor Keith David's first film role. Cast as Childs, a member of the remote Antarctic Outpost 31 research station, David got to work with an ensemble of well-respected actors including Kurt Russell, Richard Dysart, Wilford Brimley, Richard Masur and Donald Moffat, to name a few.

In the fourth part of our exclusive The Thing 35th anniversary video interviews with Mr. David, director of photography Dean Cundey, and associate producer/first assistant director Larry J. Franco, the actor talks about what he learned on his first set from his fellow cast members and John Carpenter. 

Watch all of our exclusive The Thing video interviews:

The Thing at 35: Crew and cast reveal what it's like working with John Carpenter

The Thing at 35: Watch the cast and crew reflect on the film's wild special effects

Watch: Cast and crew reunite to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Thing