SAN DIEGO - James Cameron already weighed in on Alien 3's brutal treatment of Aliens survivors Newt (Carrie Henn) and Hicks (Michael Biehn) in the David Fincher threequel. Now, after 24 years, the actors who played the characters are sounding off about their untimely mutual demise in the infamous 1992 followup.

"By that stage I had already decided that I wanted to be a teacher so I was not planning on going into [acting as an adult]," Henn told us at San Diego Comic-Con, before adding: "Had I been asked [to reprise my role], I probably would have done it. Who wouldn't? [But] I wasn't devastated." 

Biehn, meanwhile, said he was "disappointed" that Hicks wouldn't be returning but managed to put it all in perspective (while simultaneously throwing a little shade at the later installments).

"Of course I was disappointed but I actually [got] into the movie on a fluke because another actor had to drop out," he said. "Then they cut me out of Fincher's movie...because he was [a] young [director] and because they didn't have a good script and [the studio] Fox was all over him, [the movie] wasn't any good and the fourth one wasn't any good. Then Aliens vs. the Predator so to me, I'm the leading man in the best Aliens movie."

The Aliens 30th anniversary Blu-ray hits stores on September 13.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.