- "You hang with us a while. You'll find I am NOT the man with whom to fuck!"
- ―Johner (from Alien Resurrection)
Ron Johner was a mercenary aboard the smuggling ship the Betty. Johner and the crew of the Betty were responsible for delivering several kidnapped civilians to United Systems Military scientists aboard the USM Auriga, and he subsequently became involved in the Xenomorph outbreak and infestation aboard the ship.
Johner was with the Betty crew during a mission on the swamp planet Kawlang in 2377 that led to Vriess receiving his paralyzing injuries. As the group attempted to escape with their wounded comrade, they were ambushed and Johner received his graphic facial scarring during the firefight.
Aboard the Auriga
When Call was caught attempting to disrupt the Xenomorph cloning project aboard the ship, Dr. Wren and several soldiers confronted the Betty crew, threatening to have them executed for bringing a "terrorist" on board. A shootout out erupted, with the Betty crew soon emerging victorious; Johner used his Thermos Gun to dispatch one soldier as he took aim a Christie. However, immediately afterwards a much greater threat became apparent — the Cloned Xenomorphs on board had escaped their cells, and were slaughtering the ship's crew.
Fleeing with Ripley 8
Personality and TraitsAuton, with Johner openly lamenting that he "almost fucked it".
However, despite his brutal and violent nature, Johner was a valuable member of the Betty crew, acting as the heavy firepower when things became desperate. His fearless attitude and virtual lust for conflict made him a worth ally during the Xenomorph outbreak aboard the Auriga. Despite his generally combative nature, Johner was close to Christie and also held Elgyn in high regard as his commanding officer. Johner was additionally mellowed somewhat by his experiences aboard the Auriga, growing far closer to Vriess as a result.
Despite giving the impression of being an unintelligent brute, Ripley 8 acknowledged that this was intentional on Johner's part and he was far more intelligent that others gave him credit for. After the events that took place on the Auriga, Johner had accepted Ripley 8 as his new captain and deferred to her command, in addition to this, his relationship with Call improved as he offered to help her find and free her fellow autons.
- "My own recipe. Way more dangerous."
- ―Johner, referring to his Thermos Gun (from Alien Resurrection)
When he went aboard the Auriga, Johner carried a custom-made shotgun concealed inside a thermos of moonshine. It was apparently a single-shot weapon, as he discarded it following the shootout in the recreation hall, instead claiming a Draco Double Burner from the dead soldier Calabrese. He also armed himself with a pair of United Systems Military Pistols.
Behind the Scenes
Johner's Prop Knife
Johner's knife can clearly be seen in the film when Johner is taunting Vriess aboard the Betty; Johner drops his knife into Vriess' leg. The weapon was made from resin and hand painted to look like metal and wood.
The knife is currently for sale at Movie Bits.com for £495.00. It has been mounted in a box frame with laser cut display showing the film's title and description along with two stills from the scene the knife was used in. It comes supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity.
- After filming the scene where Johner hangs upside-down from the ladder and shoots at the Alien below, actor Ron Perlman found that he had severely lacerated the backs of his legs performing the stunt.
- Perlman also nearly drowned while filming the film's underwater sequence; at one point, while trying to surface quickly, he struck his head on a sprinkler in the set's ceiling, knocking him unconscious whilst still in the water. Fortunately he was rescued by safety divers before he drowned.
- In the novelization of the movie, Johner's character has a phobia of bugs and as a result is deathly afraid of the Xenomorphs, often shaking uncontrollably with fear whenever they appear. This is contrary to his portrayal in the film, where he seems to show little concern for the horrors around him (although he still blasts a spider off of its web with a shot from his pistol after the upside-down shooting scene).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 149 (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ Johner's actor's (Ron Perlman) height at the time was 6ft 0 (182.9 cm), so that is also how tall Johner would have been.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Joss Whedon (writer), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection (1997), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 9 (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 175 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ Joss Whedon (writer), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection Special Edition (2003), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ Aliens:Original Sin
- ↑ http://www.moviebits.co.uk/productview.php?id=001978
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 135 (1997), Warner Aspect.