In the words of those who have passed ... 2020 edition, part 2 by Egantx7

Question 8

D'ya think that thing wanted to be an animal!?!? No dogs make it a thousand miles through the cold!! No, you don't understand! That thing wanted to be US! If a cell gets out, it could imitate everything on the FACE OF THE EARTH! AAAAND NOTHING can stop it!

Actor, in character, 1982

Wilford Brimley (Blair in "The Thing")