Kurt started his association with Carpenter on a completely non-horror vein: as Elvis Presley. Carpenter tells a great story about how a casting person said he had one guy who looked exactly like Elvis, but did a totally unconvincing portrayal; the other guy he had looked nothing like the King, but was spot on in his performance. That guy was Kurt Russell, and we may not have R.J. MacReady, Snake Plissken or Jack Burton if he wasn’t such an excellent Presley.
1982.....Kurt in the movie The Thing..... The Thing is an American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms and in turn imitates them. The Thing infiltrates an Antarctic research station, taking the appearance of the researchers that it absorbs, and paranoia occurs within the group.