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Michael Fassbender Talks Shooting 'Prometheus' with Ridley Scott

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April 11, 2011
Source: Hero Complex

Michael Fassbender

The anticipated Alien prequel from Ridley Scott won't hit theaters until summer 2012, but production on Prometheus is already underway, and one of the film's stars has finally spoken out about filming on the project. Michael Fassbender, who plays an android in the film, recently spoke with Hero Complex about this exciting project which also stars Charlize Theron and Idris Elba, and it sounds like a great return to the classic sci-fi franchise. Though he doesn't reveal anything more about the story or his character, Fassbender says excitedly, "I walk on the set and I feel like I'm walking on a spaceship. It's breathtaking." Read on!

Fassbender continued, "All the various panels and screens and it's just dealing with a top-notch art department and carpenters and the riggers and everything that goes into putting that together. It's just, well, breathtaking, all of it." As for his character, while no details are mentioned, he does say:

"I feel I've got it at my fingertips, it's there but challenging and, you know, I'm excited. I've got a few ideas that I'm running with and I think I've got a grasp on it but it's always something that, organically, moving on its own course. I'm having a lot of fun with it. There's a lot of interesting quirks and niches to him and I'm having a lot of fun exploring it."

And if just the thought of working on another Alien film wasn't rewarding enough, Fassbender is also a huge fan of Blade Runner, so working with Ridley Scott is a dream come true. He says, "It's my favorite movie. I just love that movie. And really I love all the different versions, I just don't care, I love that world and whatever you want to take from it you can take from it, nothing is fore-set in any way. I love that it's a very feasible futuristic place, and again that quality that you're in a thriller but you don't know it. There's always something at play and everyone has an agenda but none of it is really openly expressed." If he's that passionate about Blade Runner, I can only imagine what he's bringing to the table for Prometheus. Sounding good?

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  • PJ
    I am stoked for the Space Jockeys! I am also excited at the original story and concepts (hint, hint Hollywood). Sound more and more like it will be a great flick.
  • SavageHawk
    Organic and Organically are so over used.... go back a few years and neither term can be found in any interviews.... Glad to get that off my chest. Now, I have followed the limited coverage of this project since it's beginning. I have high hopes for this movie. I am a devout Ridley Scott fan ever since I saw Alien in the 70's. His visual style is so wonderful that I can watch most of his movies without the sound on and be throughly entertained (and in the case of Legend, it is the only way I can watch it now).
  • BigZero
    Are we allowed to hope for this?
  • Anonymous
    Most anticipated movie ever. Please do not suck. If im not mistaken there will be no Space Jockey in this movie. So far, love the title, the talent involved and the fact that they are shooting on REAL sets. Part why Alien worked so well. Huge sets. The actors felt immersed hence the amazing performances.
  • Anonymous
    Movie is gonna be awesome.
  • Kylie Cyrus
    I was very disappointed that the untitled Alien prequels were shelved in favour of an original science-fiction film called Prometheus. It would have been interesting to see if or which of the various interpretations of the Space Jockey’s species in the novelisations, graphic novels, etc they would have used in the untitled Alien prequels. In Alan Dean Foster’s novelisation of Alien, Ash describes the Space Jockey’s race as a noble people and hopes that mankind will encounter them under more pleasant circumstances. It also states that they were larger, stronger and possibly more intelligent than humans. Foster’s novelisation states that the Jockey was trying to warn humans away from the Xenomorphs. In Steve Perry’s Earth Hive, the Space Jockey’s race are referred to as collectors because they collect Xenomorph eggs. In Michael Jan Friedman’s Aliens: Original Sin, the race is referred to as the Mala’kak. According to the comic book The Destroying Angels, the Xenomorphs caused the species to become extinct 1.6 million years ago.
Mark Verheiden’s Aliens graphic novel depict the Space Jockey’s race as malevolent; they refrain from attacking humans due to their immense hatred of their common enemy, the Xenomorphs, but they intend to wipe out and/or enslave humanity once their war with the Xenomorphs is over. In the series, a Space Jockey-like creature communicates telepathically with humans. It is possible that the Alien Queen came from the Space Jockey and laid all the eggs in that ship. It was as big as the Queen was, the only giant alien in Aliens (1986) was the Queen and strangely there was no trace of the Alien which was born from the Space Jockey.
  • fayetality
    I love him..so much.
  • Edisonoside2004
    Alien and Bladerunner are my favorite Sci-fi Movies of all time! ..Star wars too and THX1138...Ridley Scott can be the # 1 Sci-Fi Film Director of all-time and I believe Prometheus will be just as good a film as Avatar. I view Alien and Prometheus as a Bladerunneresque Off world Colony movie and I love Ridley's Scott film style so much..My other Fav Artist H.R. Giger should be involved in this project which will make this an unbeatable team!
  • RidleyDiddley
    I'm delighted Ridley is leaning more towards an original sci-fi movie instead of re-hashing a bloated and for the most part uninspired franchise. The Alien franchise as it stood had been bled dry and all that remained were stale ideas and crossovers that would only please teenagers or those without much imagination. I'm sure that if FOX had continued they would have completed their linkage of those awful AvP movies back to the original Alien in the most boring and uninspired way possible. "Hey maybe the Predator race fought with the Space Jockeys in a huge battle and the space marines and the xenomorphs (yawn) join forces with Ripley's Grandmother who as it turns out was descended from Charles Weyland's cousin's uncle's auntie's sister twice removed...It'll be AWESOME!!"... LMAO..Get bent.
  • Mcassidy007
    i believe this is all disinformation,this is an Alien prequel
  • Anonymous
    This is my guess as to how the new creatures in Prometheus can be more vulgar, violent, and fierce. Instead of a face hugger, the victim is painfully restrained on their back, spread eagle, by at least two new alien species. One alien will cram it's penis into the victim's anus, while the other alien stabs the victim in the abdomen subsequently injecting it's fertilizing spunk onto the egg deposited through the anus. The new hatchling bursts through the intestines of it's host, and the host of course dies.
  • ctwell
    I about fell over laughing at your comment. That's good stuff Dude.
  • Startmywp
    Today's generation of movie goers is totally absolutely ignorant of how the original Alien movie had an impact on viewer's minds that time. It was a revelation in fear until Terminator came up. I follow that world of excitement and thrill in a movie. Announcements will come and go, but the very fact that Sir Ridley Scott 's creative juices have been tingled into 'awakening the creative alien', and attachment of Fassbender verified, will make sure that the impact is freshly renewed for movie goers this time around.
  • Twimoonslips
    MICHAEL FASSBENDER! I LOVE YOU!!

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