"Javier Botet: The Man Behind The [Xenomorph] Mask"
Horror fans have seen Botet before, though it’s often under heavy prosthetics and detailed makeup. The 6’7” actor from Cuidad Real, Spain has creeped his way into our collective nightmares for just over a decade. His nearly 120-pound skeletal frame and imposing stature is the product of a genetic condition known as Marfan Syndrome. The condition affects his body’s connective tissue, presenting him with elongated limbs, noticeable height, and extreme flexibility, which comes in handy in the horror realm.