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The Cowboys and Aliens Who Inspired Cowboys & Aliens in Today’s Vulture Recommends

Today's installment of Vulture Recommends features a guest appearance from two of Cowboys & Aliens' scribes, the illustrious Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe, Transformers). Turns out that a lot of the movie is actually based on various cowboys and aliens throughout film history. For example, did you know that when you're looking (and looking and looking and looking) at Olivia Wilde as sexy gunslinger Ella Swenson, you're actually seeing a little bit of Sigourney Weaver as sexy alien-fighter Ellen Ripley? Cowboys & Aliens: It's basically a historical document.

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