ETs in Hollywood
The summer blockbuster movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe was made using real aliens, says the Weekly World Inquisitor's own UFO reporter, Dick Kennedy.
Kennedy was an extra on the movie and claims he saw the aliens being kept in special trailers on a secure part of the set. The extraterrestrials played themselves in certain scenes of the movie - scenes that Kennedy described as "terrifying" and "bizarre".
During all filming that involved the aliens, the set was closed and heavily guarded by what Kennedy believes to have been genuine FBI agents.
The stars of the movie apparently found working with the extraterrestrials difficult. David Duchovny reportedly refused to go near the aliens' trailers. And Kennedy overheard Gillian Anderson refer to them as "those slimy fucking lizard freaks", though an assistant later claimed she was referring to the movie's backers.
Currently on unpaid leave due to personal problems, Kennedy has had many encounters with strange forces and unexplainable phenomena. "I don't get hysterical about this stuff," he said. "I've had more encounters than Spook Mulder so I know an alien when I see one."
This isn't the first time this has happened. The star of the hit 1970s movie ET was also a real alien, according to insiders.
"Special effects just weren't that good back in those days," said Hollywood cinematographer Frankie Fredericks, who says he was deputy assistant focus puller on the second unit for ET. "Look how badly they faked the moon missions. We could never have made ET if we hadn't had help from ... you know, beyond."
But special effects and CGI are now very sophisticated. "Most people even think the Space Shuttle is real," said Fredericks.
So why did the X-Files film need genuine extraterrestrials?
"I think the reason is far more sinister," says Kennedy. "We have to ask ourselves, who really funds these films? There are groups, operating outside of the state-manipulated media, who believe that alien-themed movies are all part of a covert Government plan."
One such group, believed by some to have been established by the underground hackers network Reptilinet, claims that Independence Day, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, War of the Worlds and the entire X-Files franchise are part of a scheme to test the public's reaction to the idea of an alien invasion. "They also help to prepare people, to brainwash them into accepting aliens into our midst," said one anonymous member. "That's because some of them are already here, operating in certain spheres like banking, movies and politics. If you want to know where Hollywood's money comes from, look to the stars."
A leading Hollywood director failed to deny the group's accusations, but simply characterised the group's members as "idiots".
Investigative reporters are now looking into the possibility that other movies made use of help from beyond our planet. For example, Charlton Heston's appearances in sci-fi classics like Soylent Green and the Planet of the Apes series has called his origins into question. "If he really was from another planet, it would explain his acting style," said one dubious film fan. Some also question whether he really died recently or was simply called back to his mothership.
The late 1970s also saw the launch of the Star Wars franchise. Did that make use of alien technology?
"You'll have to ask George Lucas," said cameraman Fredericks. "Right now I think he's in the Pleiades somewhere."