PFC Daniel Spunkmeyer is part of the dropship crew and a member of the U.S.C.M.s sent to LV426 aboard the USS Sulaco to investigate the loss of the colonists and their families. He is also a Power Loader operator aboard the Sulaco loading the dropships ready for the descent,
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After having lost her space-flight license as a result of her "questionable judgment" and finding LV-426 is now home to a terraforming colony, Ripley is visited by Weyland-Yutani representative Carter Burke and Lieutenant Gorman of the Colonial Marines who inform her that contact has been lost with the colony on LV-426. The company decides to dispatch Burke and a unit of marines to investigate and offers to restore Ripley's flight status and pick up her contract if she will accompany them as a consultant.
On arriving at LV-426 the expedition descends to the surface by dropship where they find the colony seemingly abandoned. During a reconn two living facehuggers are found in containment tanks in the medical lab and the only colonist found is a traumatized young girl nicknamed Newt. After analysing a 2D tactical display in Operations the squad determines that the colonists are clustered in the nuclear-powered atmosphere processing station, where they find a large Alien nest filled with the cocooned colonists. The Aliens attack killing most of the unit and capturing Apone and Dietrich, Ripley is able to rescue Hicks, Vasquez, and Hudson, with Gorman being knocked unconscious during the rescue. Hicks assumes command and orders the dropship to recover the survivors, intending to return to the Sulaco and destroy the colony from orbit. A stowaway Alien kills the dropship pilots in flight, causing the vessel to crash into the processing station. The survivors then barricade themselves inside the colony complex.
Ripley discovers that it was Burke who ordered the colonists to investigate the derelict spaceship where the Nostromo's crew first encountered the Alien eggs and that he hoped to return the Alien specimens to the company's laboratories where he could profit from their use as biological weapons. Ripley threatens to expose him but Bishop soon informs the group of a greater threat, the damaged processing station has become unstable and would soon detonate with the force of a thermonuclear weapon. He volunteers to use the colony's transmitter to pilot the Sulaco's remaining dropship to the surface by remote control so that the group can escape. Ripley and Newt fall asleep in a medical laboratory, awakening to find themselves locked in the room with the two facehuggers which have been released from their tanks. Ripley is able to alert the marines, who then rescue them and kill the creatures. Ripley accuses Burke of attempting to smuggle implanted Alien embryos past Earth's quarantine inside her and Newt and of planning to kill the rest of the marines in hypersleep during the return trip so that no one could contradict his version of events.
The electricity is suddenly cut off and numerous Aliens attack through the ceiling. Hudson, Burke, Gorman, and Vasquez are killed while Newt is captured by the Aliens. Ripley and an injured Hicks reach Bishop and the second dropship but Ripley refuses to leave Newt behind. She rescues Newt from the hive in the processing station where the two encounter the Alien Queen and her egg chamber. Ripley destroys most of the eggs, enraging the Queen, who escapes by tearing free from her ovipositor. Closely pursued by the Queen, Ripley and Newt rendezvous with Bishop and Hicks on the dropship and escape moments before the colony is consumed by the nuclear blast. Back aboard the Sulaco, Ripley's and Bishop's relief at their escape is interrupted when the Alien Queen stowed away on the dropship's landing gear impales Bishop and tears him in half. Ripley battles the Queen using an exosuit cargo-loader, before expelling it into space through an airlock. Ripley, Newt, Hicks and the still-functioning Bishop then enter hypersleep for the return to Earth.
Spunkmeyer's character is played by Daniel Kash.
Spunkmeyer was killed along with Ferro in the UD4L Cheyenne by one of the aliens that got aboard while in flight for pick-up, causing Ferro to lose control of the ship and crash as she approached the surviving crew by the APC causing them to flee.
All of the cast who played marines except Michael Biehn, were trained by the S.A.S. for two weeks before filming. Sigourney Weaver, Paul Reiser, and William Hope didn't attend training because director James Cameron felt a sense of detachment would be created between them and the marines.
Daniel Kash secured his role by offering director James Cameron a gift, "Cameron said he really liked my coat, so I told him if he gave me the part, it was his. So, when he gave me the part I gave him the coat."
Many of the characters in the movie whose first names are never mentioned, actually share their first name of the actor/actress portraying them for example, Sgt. Al Apone (Al Matthews), Cpl. Collette Ferro (Colette Hiller), Pfc. Jenette Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein), Pvt. Mark Drake (Mark Rolston), Pvt. Daniel Spunkmeyer (Daniel Kash), Pvt. Ricco Frost (Ricco Ross), Pvt. Trevor Wierzbowski (Trevor Steedman) and director Paul van Leuwen (Paul Maxwell).
How did you approach being on a film set for the first time? "I didn’t know what the hell was going on. The first thing we did was that cafeteria scene, with Bill Paxton and the knife thing. I actually had three recalls for Bill’s part. That would have changed my life! But Bill had previous history with Cameron, and he’s in every damn James Cameron film from thereon in. Anyway, that was the first time I’d been on a film set, let alone a big fat film set. And people weren’t sticking to the script. They were just like talking all around it. I was losing my mind with nerves on that set, and I’m actually impressed that I don’t look out of place and I managed to get my lines out, because I was shitting bricks. It was totally different from doing standard theatre. I also had no idea that on a big film like that it could take ten hours to set a shot up. I was exhausted the whole time, ready to do my thing! I was really thrown into the fire on that one." ~ Daniel Kash - Den of Geek.
In scripts draft, final draft and filming, Spunkmeyer is referred to as a Drop-ship crew chief.
USCM personnel service number for Spunkmeyer is A23/TQ6.0.92810E7, this was listed in scripts and later appeared in the Alien Anthology archives.
The actors wore modified field issue equipment with some being made from plastic and painted. Equipment used were M10 Pattern Ballistic Armour, M3 Combat Vest and M-1 ballistic helmets. Spunkmeyer as a drop-ship crew chief wore a flight suit and flight jacket along with Ferro. Slightly different from Ferro's helmet Spunkmeyer's helmet had the additional mounted sight unit with the base from a helicopter helmet and a sight unit from the British Tracked Rapier AA-Missile system with other added parts from Macross kits.
James Cameron and Doug Bush allowed the actors to develop their characters by decorating their lockers and painting their guns and armour. The armour for the film was built by English armourer Terry English, and painted using Humbrol paints. Terry English the armourer creator drew the images on to the armour from the designs drawn by the actors.
Most of the movie was filmed under a bluish light to give it a strange and alien feel. The colors of the Marines' camouflage BDUs and the Humbrol Brown Bess used on the Pulse Rifles were all chosen specifically to work with the blue set lighting.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
All military crew from the film Aliens left their dog tags except Ripley and Burke would didn't wear tags in the film. Dog tags from other Sephora marines also appear with there being 35 altogether.
Although killed in the dropship Spunkmeyer's dog tags are found in the level For Bella in one of the rooms.
The character along with others also appears in various board games like Legendary Encounters, Aliens Predator CCG and Aliens: This Time it's War, either with a phrase from the film or weapons they carried.
In the games LV-426 (game), Aliens: The Board Game and Aliens: The Board Game (Flash) a player takes the role of characters from the film Aliens, set at the same time as events of the film in similiar scenarios around LV426.
|Van Leuwen * Vasquez * Newt * Bishop * Gorman * Ripley * Crowe * Dietrich * Apone * Hudson * Drake * Hicks * Ferro * Spunkmeyer * Frost * Wierzbowski * Lydecker * Simpson|