Very few people know the name Yaphet Kotto, but his face will seem familiar to you if you are a big fan of science fiction films based on alien series.
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In addition to “Alien,” Kotto also starred in supporting roles in the Bond film “Live and Let Die,” “The Running Man,” “Midnight Run” and many others. However, “Alien” has remained one of his most memorable films.
Apart from his film career, his real life is very interesting because being an African-American, he grew up in a strict Jewish family in New York, and then it turned out that his real father was a businessman from Cameroon. Before becoming a film actor, Kotto had played in the theater a lot.
He admitted that he was abducted by real aliens and that he repeatedly saw them.
Only his wife Rabbi and his psychologist knew about it because he felt great discomfort after what had happened. But then, Kotto took courage and explained in detail about it in an interview with Vice in 2017.
According to Kotto, he saw UFOs many times, and aliens visited him throughout his life, starting from his childhood.
“It started when I was about nine or ten years old. I remember being told I couldn’t go outside, so I would look out at the streets of my neighborhood in the Bronx, watching the kids play stickball.
When I turned around, a figure was behind me, it was at least five or six feet tall with an elongated head. It appeared, then jumped to the back of me and disappeared.”
When he grew up, this happened repeatedly, and those creatures could appear next to Kotto in any place, wherever he may be. He did not understand who they were and did not know how to behave, whether it all was his imagination or everything took place in reality. He saw a UFO, the creatures, and then survived what he later considered abduction.
“I remember being at my home at 6 PM, and I went into my office to meditate in the garage and I saw something. Looked at it for about five minutes, and it was light. I was wondering why the neighbors were shining a light through the top of my garage window. So I went to talk to them. Now keep in mind, I had been sitting in that car garage for some 12 hours and I believed that I contributed to those things that were flying above my garage…I shouldn’t call them things. These aircrafts. As I got older, I understood what they were.”
Kotto said that every time he moved to new houses, strange traces appeared like smoke circles above it. This lasted all his youth, for around 10-15 years.
One of the most disturbing experiences happened when Kotto was in the Philippines for work. There, he immediately experienced several obscure UFO incidents.
“It was one evening in my office in the Philippines. I heard my wife and the waiters calling me to come outside in very anxious voices. It was huge. So, I went out and when I got there, I saw the same huge circle of smoke over the house.
When I asked them what they saw, they said they saw a UFO as big as the Yankee Stadium turned upside down.”
According to Kotto, he had strange experiences during the filming of the cult film “Alien” directed by Ridley Scott. The shooting of this film was when aliens and UFOs have repeatedly invaded Kotto’s life.
“Now I’ll admit, there were things that I alone was finding on the set of Alien—the spaceship. That mechanism that Sigourney Weaver throws to put the Sulaco (fictional spacecraft) on automatic destruct. There were symbols there. Symbols that had nothing to do with the ship in the film and I kept finding these symbols. They were like Egyption symbols and I started trying to decipher them, which I was able to do.”
It is hard to understand what Kotto meant when talking about the creatures, as he did not explain in detail. At the same time, Kotto assures that he does not have any mental illnesses and that no one in his family suffered from schizophrenia, paranoia, or other mental disorders.
He also assures that he will not get anything beneficial from explaining this to people, and according to him, he just wanted to finally share it with someone else. He says that he is well-known as an actor and that he lacks the fame that he has after filming in a movie.
At the end of the interview, Kotto admitted that he did not understand why they had chosen him and why they had been closely following him for decades.