William Hope (born William Matthew Hope; March 2, 1955) is a Canadian film, television actor and voice-actor. In the horror genre he is best known for his roles in Poltergeist (1982), Aliens and Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Hope first appeared in a cameo as Dana Freeling's Boyfriend in Poltergeist (1982). He had a leading role as Lt. William Gorman in James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi horror film; Aliens (sequel to the 1978 sci-fi horror film Alien).
In 2002, Hope starred alongside Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson in xXx (2002) as Agent Roger Donnan. In 2005, he starred (alongside Steven Seagal and Vinnie Jones) as the lead villain Agent Fletcher in the straight-to-video action film Submerged (2005). In 2006, Hope played as Agent Michael Sheppard, starred alongside American actor Wesley Snipes in the straight-to-DVD action film The Detonator (2006).
In 2008, Hope starred as Jon in the Finnish horror film Dark Floors in-which he was the lead actor in. In 2009, he appeared (alongside Robert Downey, Jr.) in Sherlock Holmes as Ambassador Standish. In 2010, Hope voiced the characters Predator, Alien and Dr. Groves in the sci-fi/action/horror videogame Aliens vs. Predator.
- For all his experience in films, actor William Hope calls the set of Submerged as the most chaotic and hostile environment he has ever worked in: director Anthony Hickox was belligerent towards almost everybody, threatening to kill himself, and the film was shot mostly in Brazil coastal beaches of Ceara, where the heat was umbearable.
- The original script of the film was changed at the last minute: originally, the film was about giant ancient alien ships that appeared on the Brazilian sky and exchanged their goods with the miserable peasants of a small village, in the mid-80s. This angle was dropped and they turned the story into a The Manchurian Candidate type of film.
- The car chase scenes were shot at Rio de Janeiro, in one of its most notorious favelas: the "Favela da Rocinha". The government of Rio de Janeiro sued the film's producers when, after the scenes were shot and half of the favela was destroyed on sight, the company failed to pay them back. Marcola, one of Brazil's most infamous drug lords, put a price on the heads of the film's crew and Seagal, which forced them to leave Brazil the very next day, making some reshots impossible.