Kurt Russell has plenty of experience with fictional aliens thanks to his roles in movies like The Thing and Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, but it turns out the actor may have had a run-in with some actual aliens, too.
In a recent BBC interview, the 66-year-old revealed that he was the previously unknown pilot who first reported seeing the Phoenix Lights, one of the most famous UFO sightings of all time. “I was flying [Oliver, his son] to go see his girlfriend, and we were on approach,” Russell said in the interview. “I saw six lights over the airport in absolute uniform in a V shape. Oliver said to me — I was just looking at him, I was coming in, we’re maybe a half a mile out — and Oliver said, ‘Pa, what are those lights?’ Then I kind of came out of my reverie and I said, ‘I don’t know what they are.’ He said, ‘Are we okay here?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna call in,’ and I reported it. They said, ‘We don’t show anything,’ and I said, ‘Well, OK, I’m gonna declare it’s unidentified, it’s flying, and it’s six objects.'”
He then explained how he landed the plane and didn’t think at all about his sighting until years later. “Two years later, Goldie (Hawn) was watching a television show when I came home, and the show is on UFOs,” he said. “I started watching and it was on that event — that was the most viewed UFO event, over 20,000 people saw that — I’m watching this and I’m feeling like Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, like, ‘Why do I know this?’ … Then they said a general aviation pilot reported it on landing … I’d never thought of it since then, and I said, ‘That was me!'”
So apparently Kurt Russell was the first person to report seeing the Phoenix Lights, which is totally insane. Maybe next we’ll find out that he actually shot the Patterson-Gimlin film, too. The truth is out there, and Jack Burton is ready to expose it.