nakakatawa lang ang exit ni Charlize sa movie na ito. parang wala na silang ibang maisip for her character kaya ganun na lang.
DAMNIT ROLL B!TCH!
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nakakatawa lang ang exit ni Charlize sa movie na ito. parang wala na silang ibang maisip for her character kaya ganun na lang.
DAMNIT ROLL B!TCH!
^more like Creator-Creation theme. And humans from a creation POV.
Anyway, nilagay dun yung pod ng filmmakers para may sense of mystery sa audience.
Kaya maabsorb ka pa din....the movie looks soooooo BEAUTIFULLY shot....
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“PROMETHEUS 3D” – Creating Shaw and Meeting Her Maker
There has been a lot of speculation that “Prometheus” is a prequel to Scott’s highly acclaimed earlier film, Alien. The director wants to keep the story under wraps so that audiences view the film without preconceived ideas.
But he has admitted that there are links. In “Prometheus,” the mission is funded by Peter Wayland (Guy Pearce), the ageing head of a huge corporation. The action takes place 30 years before the story told in Alien.
Leading the Prometheus expedition is the character of Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace. From director Ridley Scott, who delivered the likes of “Thelma & Louise” and “Alien,” we can immediately expect a strong character to inhabit Shaw's spacesuit. And at the hands of Rapace, best known for her work in the tremendously-popular Swedish Millenium series, she comes alive as a new action heroine for the 21st Century.
Many characters evolve before actors are cast to play them, but not so Shaw, who was developed and refined in close collaboration with Rapace. Says Ridley Scott: “I find most of my inspiration from low-budget movies now. If we aren't watching movies, we close ourselves down. And there's a great output, suddenly, of Scandinavian films. More than a year ago I saw “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” because I'd heard it was successful. I was absolutely taken by it. Noomi was this very special little punk actress who I thought was definitely the real thing. Then I heard that she was in town in Hollywood, and I just called up her agent and said I’d like to meet her. She walked in and was a very elegant woman. I suddenly realised that I was dealing with a real actress, who can literally change her spots.”
Scott says that the approach to Shaw was intentionally very different from the approach to Sigourney Weaver's character, Ripley, in ALIEN. “We were determined to come in from a different direction because Sigourney was a kind of non-specific junior officer in ALIEN,” he explains. “What was she doing onboard? You think she’s going to die in the first act. Whereas Shaw, in this one, is a scientist that comes from the direction of, not just pure science, but actually of faith. Therefore she believes the foothold of everything is bound in the idea that we were created by something. Otherwise we’re such an accident of biology. We’re mathematically impossible, unless there was something pushing it around.”
Rapace says Shaw is more feminine than Ripley. “She's a scientist, an archeologist. I think that Ripley was way harder from the start, because she was alone. Shaw starts this journey to get with Holloway, and she loves him. They’re a team and they’re doing this together.”
Logan Marshall-Green plays Holloway. “They are a team,” he agrees. “If she’s the brains, he’s the legs. I wouldn’t go so far to say muscle but he’s the legs. He’s the one who leaps before he looks and sometimes it hurts them as a team but a lot of the times it’s helped them. He takes a lot of chances and so far so good. This mission is one of the chances.”
It's an attraction of opposites, he says. “As much as we're a team, we actually differ in our philosophies as to exactly what we want or we believe. She's the believer. I'm the scientist. I'm the skeptic. For lack of a better phrase, we complete each other. I think its what’s drawn the characters together romantically as well. It’s just this kind of respect - full respect - but my skepticism matched with her beliefs, her faith.”
Executive Producer Michael Ellenberg summarises: “These two are brilliant expert archeologists and anthropologists and they identify a series of connections on Earth that seem to suggest there may be not just life on other planets, but that life on Earth might have had something to do with this other life, and that maybe they're our creators.”
Rapace reveals that Shaw goes on a journey as the film progresses. “In the middle of the movie, something happens and she becomes harder and she becomes more like a warrior,” she shares. “She has to cut off some emotional ties to be able to survive. I think she goes from being quite innocent and full of hope and belief and going into something that is a bit darker. I think that all Ridley’s women are quite tough or they can stand up for themselves and they’re quite good at fighting back.”
Costume designer Janty Yates confirms that Rapace had a big hand in her character's costume decisions. “She always wants to be in a flight suit,” Yates laughs. “On the first day of shooting, we put her through so many different looks and so many very, very spacey looks, very, very modern looks, very French looks, very Japanese looks, all sorts, to try and get her to look timeless. And then she just said, 'Ridley, can I wear this?' He went, 'Yes, alright!'”
For Rapace, building Shaw meant building a backstory. “She lost her father when she was quite young,” she shares. “He was a missionary and a Christian. I think if something dramatic like that happens in an early age, it’s like you have two options. I think you can lose faith and you can go quite dark and you can start to think that everything is a punishment in a way. The other way, because she was a loved kid and he gave her the gift of belief and faith, is that she can just hold onto that and there’s a purpose with everything.”
Marshall-Green says he's had fun working with Rapace. “I rate my experience with working with actors on their work ethic,” he says. “Nobody has a better work ethic than Noomi. We got kind of thrown in to it together. We had to really show a history of being romantically and professionally linked. And I think she and I both had our eyes on the exact same prize, and hopefully it shows.”
The relationship between the two characters is, he reveals, absolutely integral to the film's themes. But rather than create it explicitly, he and Rapace have tried to imply it by infusing it with idiosyncratic detail. “Did she just feed him a frozen space raspberry?” he laughs. “Yes, she did!”
But bringing out the character's physicality also took a lot of training of Rapace's part. “When I did “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” I did a lot of martial arts,” she remembers. “I was doing kickboxing and tae bo because I wanted to be aggressive. This has been different because now I’ve been doing more running to be able to go on for a long time instead of having quick energy. I was thinking I want to be like an animal. I’ve been trying to train my body to make my body work for long so I can do long sessions.”
Embark on man’s bravest mission to a beginning that leads to an end in “PROMETHEUS 3D”. Opens June 06 in cinemas nationwide!
Michael Fassbender: Engineered Android in “Prometheus 3D”
One of the fastest-rising stars in the business, the 34 year-old German-born, Irish-raised Fassbender has wowed multiplex and arthouse audiences alike over the past couple of years with searing, indelible turns in the likes of “Hunger,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Inglourious Basterds” and “Shame,” which saw him reunite with Steve McQueen. A passionate, instinctive actor, who better than Fassbender to breathe humanity into David’s cold hard exterior in the highly anticipated sci-fi adventure “Prometheus (3D)”?
From Ian Holm’s duplicitous Ash to Lance Henriksen’s dependable Bishop, androids have played a huge part in the Alien franchise. So it’s not a huge surprise to find that Prometheus also has an artificial humanoid on board its eponymous spaceship, in the blond-haired guise of Michael Fassbender’s David.
The character of David represents Prometheus' “company man.” An androgynous android with personality defects, David is the eyes and ears of the Weyland Corporation that funds the Prometheus mission.
Fassbender in the following q&a shares his take on humanity, working with Ridley Scott and Prometheus’ weighty themes.
Q: Who is Dav-eed?
A: He’s the robot. Or humanoid. Or android. Or whatever you want to call it. He’s like a butler. The first thing I wanted to do with him was to make him ambiguous. Should he be having emotions? I wanted to keep it ambiguous and have a lot of fun with it and enjoy it. I don’t know if that’s an easy description, but there’s so much comedy in him, actually, that I wanted to try to explore that as much as I could.
Q: Comedy? Even in an intense film like this?
A: Think Buster Keaton. Yesterday I kept banging my head off the screen on the ship and tripped over something else, and it was like a Buster Keaton moment! I also like the idea of treating him as a child, in certain respects. He’s been on this ship for two and a half years before everybody comes out of cryo-stasis.
Q: What does he do in that time?
A: He studies things, he watches films. There’s various things he soaks up. He’s been studying what Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) have come up with through their findings and research and the language that he thinks they [the Engineers] would speak, he’s been practicing that.
Q: Is David dangerous?
A: I think he knows his limits. He’ll know his limits when he gets there. Limit doesn’t exist for him. He will go until the point when he can’t go any further, physically. He doesn’t think about people’s suffering that much. He has an empathy and he’s developed that. But he’s more curious, like a child burning ants with a magnifying glass. There’s a cruelty there for sure, but it’s almost before a child comprehends cruelty. He does things for an end result.
But I don’t think he has any real moral compass. There’s something about him. He’s quite chuffed with himself. He’s very full of himself and he thinks he has most of the answers. In human company, he feels far superior.
Q: It is a film about creators and their relationship with their creations.
A: It’s about how the human beings are desperate in various ways to face this knowledge and get the answers to their questions, and not getting the answers to their questions. He’s never really been accepted and I think he does want to be accepted, very much so. But they always have that differential - we made you because we could. What’s interesting about him is that I do think this thing has been designed to behave like a human, but on a superior level, but it’s interesting that human personality traits start to bleed into the robot.
Q: Can you talk about the big ideas that are being tackled here?
A: What is the purpose of us being here? That’s the underlying question of the human race. That is why people are searching for heaven and for God, or Gods, as it was before. Why? There must be some purpose for us to be here, right? And that’s being explored in the film.
Q: Were you aware of the Prometheus myth?
A: I was. I do enjoy the greek classics and ancient history. The liver getting pecked away every night is a nasty affair, really.
Q: How does that tie in to the film?
A: Perhaps the fact that we keep going round in a circle, maybe that’s it. It’s a cyclical thing. There’s no resolution to the end of it, perhaps. It’s an ongoing quest.
Watch more of David in “Prometheus (3D)” opening on June 06 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox be distributed by Warner Bros.
CHARLIZE THERON: THE PROMETHEUS ENIGMA
Oscar winning actress actor Charlize Theron heads into space, starring opposite Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace in Ridley Scott’s thrilling and thought provoking drama PROMETHEUS.
Shot entirely in 3D, legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott creates a new mythology in the film. He takes us on a momentous journey, posing intriguing questions about the origins of life. The story follows an intrepid team to the darkest corners of the universe. They are embroiled in a battle of epic proportions. At stake: the future of the human race.
Born in South Africa, Charlize Theron is one of the most diverse and engaging A-list actresses working today. Theron was already a well-defined movie star when, in 2003, she won an Oscar for her extraordinary performance as Daytona Beach prostitute-turned-serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Patty Jenkins’s extraordinary film “Monster.”
Prior to “Monster,” Theron had already attracted stellar notices for her performances in movies as diverse as “The Devil’s Advocate,” “The Cider House Rules” and “The Legend Of Bagger Vance.”
“Prometheus” is not Theron’s first experience of science fiction. In 2005 she played the title role in the film “Aeon Flux,” based on the animated television series created by Peter Chung.
Charlize Theron reveals her attraction to “Prometheus” and her passion for the films of director Ridley Scott in the following q&a:
Q: How did you hear about the project?
A: I was in Malaysia and my manager called and said, “I’m sending you this script.” I’ve known Ridley for a couple of years, socially, so I knew he was working on this project. It was so secretive...I was in the middle of a rainstorm on a mountain, trying to read this script under a tree because it was the only place I could get reception.
Q: Damon Lindelof, the screenwriter, says you collaborated with him on fleshing out the character in the screenplay. How was that process?
A: I thought there was tremendous potential to explore themes that the script was already exploring through the eyes of a character who was so different from everybody else who’s on this mission. You have these scientists going out there – one is a believer, one really isn’t – and you play on all these themes, but to really experience all of that stuff from the point of view of somebody who comes from a much colder, more economic, ‘business suit’ sense of it was interesting. It’s really flattering and I was very excited to be partners with Damon and Ridley and to forge ahead.
Q: Who is Meredith Vickers?
A: She’s very different from anyone I’ve ever played. She’s a suit, essentially. She’s the machine that runs the machine that takes this mission into space and at first she comes across like a suit, very cold and frigid. She’s not a scientist; she’s not a believer. She runs a tight ship, but you can tell that she’s somehow going to be a problem. She’s somewhat of an enigma. The real excitement for me in playing this character is that in the third act you really strip her from her skin and you see what her bones are about and what she’s really doing there.
Q: Are you always looking for strong female roles?
A: I don’t ever set out to play a character with strength. I try to find the circumstances and try to be as honest as I can in those circumstances. There’s nothing more false than stepping in the wardrobe of a character who doesn’t authentically own those characteristics. Once we all understood the world, where we wanted to go with her and what we wanted to explore with her, that seeped in and all of a sudden I put that suit on and thought, “Yeah, I want to order somebody around!” You just kind-of find it.
Unravel the enigma that is Theron when “Prometheus” (in 3D) opens in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
DISCOVERING “PROMETHEUS 3D” – SEEKERS LAND INHOSPITABLE TERRAIN
Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi action movie “Prometheus 3D” brings explorers and scientists to an inhospitable, barren environment. With a strange and vast alien structure, Scott assures the audience that it looks like nothing that has been seen before in science fiction.
“What if you could meet God but God turned out to be the Devil?” So asks PROMETHEUS Executive Producer Michael Ellenberg of the themes at the heart of Ridley Scott's first return to science fiction since his seminal work on “Alien” and “Blade Runner.”
At the core of Scott's story are the eternal questions of human existence: Who are we and where do we come from? As Michael Fassbender who plays the android David in the movie summarises: “It's basically about trying to find out if there was intervention in the birth of civilisation on planet Earth by other beings, which we come to know as Engineers, and whether they had a master plan in mind for us.
For director Ridley Scott, the themes of PROMETHEUS are a reaction to an abundance of post-apocalyptic cinema. PROMETHEUS isn't necessarily about looking forward, at what we might become, but it's about looking back, at where we might have come from.
Shot in Iceland, “Prometheus” production designer Arthur Max reveals that Morocco was the first choice of location for the movie. “We were planning to shoot in Morocco,” shares Max. “But with all the geopolitical turmoil in North Africa, we weren't able to do so. So we had to rethink.” The change means a very different aesthetic to the look of the planet – Morocco's deserts have been replaced by the cold, icy rock of the Iceland location.
In addition to shooting on location in Iceland, the production took over the 007-Stage at Pinewood Studios, just outside London. At 374ft long, it is the largest soundstage in Europe and boasts more than 59,000 sq ft of usable space. For PROMETHEUS, it wasn't big enough by half.
The production started on the backlot behind the stage, constructing the Prometheus's cargo bay and a small replica of the planet surface. This spilled onto an extension built to house more of an alien pyramid mound interior set, before finally connecting, and filling, the main space inside 007-Stage.
In the end, the production added 150ft to the stage's length. “I knew, looking from end to end, it was never going to be big enough for this set,” says Scott. “I hate working with green screen. I like the actors to have their proscenium and see what they're doing; see the arena they're in. It’s partly that. To do that blue screen thing and say, 'the monster’s coming down the corridor!' It’s really boring.”
“The scale meant we could do a nice, big exploration scene in there,” explains Max. “We've got a 250ft network of tunnelling in there, 150ft of chambers and 25ft high doors.”
For Michael Fassbender, Scott's attention to detail in the set design of the planet surface was second to none. “Have you gone into 007-Stage yet?” he exclaims with disbelief. “You have to see the space colon, as I call it!”
The practicality of the set makes his job easier as an actor, he explains. “What's great is Ridley will do something on a piece of fishing line if it works, and stick a bit of green screen up in the corner. He knows technology but what's great about him is he's very primal. Even the technology in the film, you're like, 'That's totally feasible.'”
Arthur Max says he and Ridley Scott have learnt, over many years of working together on films like GLADIATOR, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, and BLACK HAWK DOWN, that sometimes it's better to achieve something practically than with CGI. “I think balance is the key in how much you build,” he says. “You have to get a convincing base, and when you speak to the visual effects department, they'll tell you that they want enough reference material to work from. It's especially tough on this, because almost every shot has a visual component and everything has to be constructed from scratch. You can't go to a backlot and you can't go to a prop house.“
The centrepiece of the alien set at Pinewood was a 32ft tall monolithic head, which can be glimpsed in posters for the film. This was built practically by Arthur Max's team. “The idea there is that it's part of the culture of the Engineers,” says Max of the race of aliens at the heart of the story. “This race of interplanetary visitors who have given us upgrades – mentally and physically – over the millennium.”
Max summarises the key challenge of envisioning the alien environment: “The people who inhabit this planet, called the Engineers, and their technology, is beyond anything we're able to know or understand, but it has to be visually interesting. That's, I think, the hardest challenge, too, because we have to compete with the most iconic science fiction creature ever. Trying to come up with something that's going to rival that is the real trick.”
“PROMETHEUS 3D” lands very soon on June 06 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
LOGAN MARSHALL-GREEN SETS FOOT IN “PROMETHEUS”
Q&A by Joe Utichi
Logan Marshall-Green is known for recurring guest roles on “24” and “The O.C.” In theatre, he's the recipient of a Drama Desk Award for his performance in Neil LaBute's “The Distance From Here.”
His feature film debut came in 2005 with “The Great Raid”, and he portrayed Paco in Julie Taymor's “Across the Universe” in 2007. He can also be seen in “Brooklyn’s Finest,” as Melvin Panton and 2010's “Devil,”, based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan.
On the set of Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS, Marshall-Green discusses his character Holloway, working with one of sci-fi's greatest pioneers, and the themes of the film.
Q: What can you tell us about your character?
A: I play Charlie Holloway, who is a scientist and the love interest of Elizabeth Shaw, Noomi Rapace’s character. They are a team. If she’s the brains, he’s the legs. I wouldn’t go so far to say muscle, but he’s the legs. He’s the one who leaps before he looks, and sometimes it hurts them as a team but a lot of the times it’s helped them. He takes a lot of chances and so far so good. This mission is one of the chances. The beautiful part is Noomi and I are teamed, but we actually differ in our philosophies as to exactly what we want or what we believe. She’s the believer. I’m the scientist. I’m the skeptic. I’m the atheist, if you will. But we complete each other, for lack of a better word. We make a whole in that sense. I think its what’s drawn the characters together romantically as well. It’s just this kind of respect, full respect but my skepticism matched with her beliefs, her faith.
Q: How do you react to a call saying Ridley Scott is interested in talking to you about a sci-fi project?
A: One word, “Sure.” And then, “Sign me up.” It’s funny, the story for me is – without giving too much away – I auditioned for the scene that I had understood to be a science fiction scene. So that was already exciting knowing it was the scene for a Ridley Scott movie. He hasn’t done a science fiction in 30 years. So I’m reading the scene, I’m doing the scene and I find out that they might want to offer me this role and I say to myself, “Well, I need to read the script.” Even though I know it wouldn't take much for me to sign up. So I’m reading the script, and I have to go back to the office to read it, it's a super secret script. I realise it's this great script. This character is really good. This is a science fiction and all of a sudden I get to – I won’t say what, but something happens – and I couldn’t believe it. My jaw hit the floor. At that point it was, where do you sign me up? Where do I get in line? Because I’m a fan boy. Ridley is really one of the reasons not only that I act but that I love cinema. He defined modern science fiction. It was a very easy choice. If he says, “Jump,” I say, “How high?”
Q: The story deals with some pretty big themes, which is quite rare of a blockbuster of this scale.
A: Rare definitely for most cinema, but not so rare for Ridley. I think Ridley, he’s a man who deals in detail and spirit and in big questions. He’s not just going to make another ALIEN movie. He’s not going to make just another GLADIATOR movie. He’s going to ask the bigger questions as well. It’s all in the detail with the man. It’s just astonishing to see the detail in the world. How truly realized his future is. It allows you just to sit in it and then get to know the characters.
Q: The crew of the Prometheus all have their own reasons for being on the ship. How has the interaction been to play with the other actors?
A: It’s been kind of beautiful. Like you said, everybody is kind of there watching everyone else. But there are these really beautiful duos where you have Noomi’s character and my character who really hold on to each other because they are surrounded by people who don’t believe in them and want to destroy them. And then you have Rafe Spall's and Sean Harris’s characters and you have Charlize Theron's and Idris Elba's character. All the pairs are kind of watching the rest.
Q: How have you enjoyed working with Noomi?
A: The experience with Noomi has just been a dream. I rate my experience with working with actors on their work ethic. Nobody has a better work ethic than Noomi. We got kind of thrown into it together. We had to really show our history of being romantically linked, professionally linked. I just couldn’t have asked for a better actress to dive in with and get physical and do little idiosyncratic things. I think she and I both had our eyes on the exact same prize, and hopefully it shows. Without giving anything away, the relationship is essential for the story. Instead of showing the relationship, we try to attack it with idiosyncrasies that are innate in strong relationships. Did she just feed him a frozen space raspberry? Yes.
Q: Does it raise your game when you're working with such talented co-stars?
A: You want to play with the best. Hopefully, you want to learn from the best and steal from the best, and do your best. Ridley is one of those guys who is an A guy. Ridley gets A people. B people get C people to make them feel like A people. Ridley surrounds you with a cast of A people, a crew of A people, designers of A people, and also he needs you to help him tell the story. The collaboration that’s happening in this massive motion picture, where we have the time to find these scenes and work the script so that it’s right and not just so that we make our day, I had never been a part of that before. It starts with Ridley and then it ends with us. I have never been part of the cast that is so cohesive; socially as well as professionally.
Q: You talked about Ridley's attention to detail, is he a precise director?
A: My big thing is I need a director I trust. The way I trust directors is when I'm that they know what they way. No one knows what they want more than Ridley. He has that beautiful attribute of being able to let some decision-making go to the actor. Again, allow the crew and the cast to help him tell the story. He knows what he needs in any given moment. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. He’s working not just on a different plane, he’s working on 15 different planes. While he’s talking to you, he’s storyboarding for the camera, he’s watching 10 screens. He’s an octopus.
Q: Can we expect a lot of action from the film?
A: Yeah. It’s not going to bore you at all. It’s not going to trick an alien through 80 pages and then deliver the alien. It’s not going to do that. It’s going to trick a philosophy and a world. Once chaos happens, it happens. That’s kind of the beauty which has always been inherent in these kinds of movies. We’re doing something different. No one is going to be bored in this movie.
Q: Have you been enjoying the chaos?
A: Yes! So far we’ve never been hurt. It’s chaotic, there is no doubt about that. We’re not CGI-ing the storm later. You’re being blasted with storm and chaos and it’s wonderful. It’s just ideal to act in.
PROMETHEUS 3D will open June 06 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
NOOMI RAPACE IN A TUG BETWEEN SCIENCE AND BELIEFS IN “PROMETHEUS” (3D)
Noomi Rapace won rave reviews and came to worldwide attention for her performance as Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish language Millennium films – “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.” After working for a decade in her native Sweden she is now in huge demand for Hollywood movies including Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi in the suspenseful futuristic mythology “Prometheus” in 3D.
The role was playing Elizabeth Shaw, a key character in Sir Ridley Scott’s eagerly awaited Prometheus. Shaw is an archaeologist who joins the crew of a spaceship – The Prometheus - bound for a distant planet that may provide the answer to the biggest question of all, the origins of mankind.
Rapace joins a stellar ensemble cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and newcomer Logan Marshall-Green.
The chance to work with Scott, a filmmaker she has admired since she was a child, was too good to miss and the experience has been everything, and more, that she hoped for.
Rapace, 32, was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden and studied drama in Stockholm. She made her TV debut in the drama Tre Kronor in 1998 and has worked extensively in Swedish theatre. Her films include “Daisy Diamond,” the Millennium trilogy, “Beyond,” “Babycall” (a performance that earned her the Best Actress Award at the Rome Film Festival in 2011) and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”
Q: There’s been a lot of speculation about the film’s relationship to Alien. So is your character, Elizabeth, like a Ripley character in a way? Is she cut from the same cloth?
A: I think Shaw is more feminine in a way. She’s a scientist. She’s an archaeologist. I think that Ripley was, in a way, harder from the start and from the beginning and she was a loner. Shaw starts this journey to be with Holloway and she loves him. They’re a team and they’re doing this together. I think she goes from being quite innocent and full of hope and belief, to getting into something that is a bit darker, but she’s still a believer. She’s has an angel watching over her all the time in a way that she believes in. But I think she’s related to Ripley in a way. I think that all Ridley’s women are quite tough or they can stand up for themselves and they’re quite good at fighting back.
Q: Your character drives the movie in a way, it’s your quest that they’re setting out on, isn’t it?
A: Yes. In a way, I think she is the heart in the movie and as well, the one you read things through. So she’s probably the engine in a way and also the one who starts everything. She approaches Mr. Wayland. She convinces him to actually put all his money in this mission and it is probably his last journey because he’s quite old.
Q: Do you have some background for your character?
A: Shaw lost her father when she was quite young. He was a Christian missionary. I think if something dramatic happens in an early age, it’s like you have two options in a way. But she chooses the other way because she was a loved child and her father gave her the gift of faith and belief, and she’s held onto that. She believes there’s a purpose to everything. At the end of the day it’s about what she chooses to believe, who she is, and what she makes out of things instead of seeing herself as a victim.
Q: Isn’t the mission a direct challenge to her Christian beliefs?
A: It is, but also I think that the engineers she meets are, from my point of view, almost like angels. Who created them? So she’s tracking down where it all started.
Q: It’s an ensemble cast. How does that interaction with the rest of the cast work for you and how does it work for the character you play?
A: Elizabeth is very much a team player and she’s very professional. Ridley found a fantastic mix of people for this project and it was pure joy to work with them because they are amazing actors. I certainly don’t see myself as the lead, you know. It wasn’t like that. It was very much what we all created together. I feel very lucky because I’m surrounded by people who are just amazing, incredible actors. And Ridley was the perfect leader because he gave everybody something and then we all brought it together.
Q: Did you train long and hard for this part?
A: After I finished Sherlock, I started training for Prometheus. I did a lot of running because I didn’t want to build up too much, I didn’t want to be big but I wanted to be able to cope with the physical demands of the shoot. In Prometheus, the crew had to be ready for whatever is coming because they don’t know what they are going to meet. So yes, I did a lot of running, like five days a week.
Q: Prometheus is a big studio film. Does that represent a different challenge from making smaller independent films?
A: Not really. It’s all about connecting with the script and the character and I don’t care if it’s a big studio movie or if it’s a small independent movie. At the end of the day, it’s the same thing. It’s the script and the director and the actors and you have to find a way of making it yours.
“Prometheus” 3D lands in theatres on June 06 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
AESTHETICALLY WORKING HELMETS IN “PROMETHEUS”
In returning to the genre he helped define, Ridley Scott continues to push the boundaries of storytelling, both visually and thematically. As he notes, he’s all about the “everything” – from story structure to casting, from sets and costumes to new ways of telling a story. And while the renowned filmmaker is scaring the hell out of you, he never loses sight of the big picture. “After you’ve seen Prometheus,” Scott concludes, “you will have experienced something completely unexpected.”
In parallel to the film’s post-viewing experience, the actors likewise have undergone a gratifying filming experience with the helmets developed for the film.
Scott mandated a globe-shaped helmet with no blind spots. Each helmet had nine working video screens, lighting, an oxygen supply run on two fans with battery packs within the backpack. The exterior of the helmet features a fully functioning torch and HD cameras with a transmitter and recorder.
The helmet has 9 working LED screens, all with specially designed graphics, five of them in the globe, and the others in the glass. The graphics have all been designed by the art department to look like official tech. It's the seismic activity of the land.
Then there's LED lighting everywhere. There’s a light in the top. There’s a skull cap, which is wired for sound so they can not only speak, they can hear direction. And most importantly, it’s completely wired up for air because Ridley said that on ALIEN, the panic that would set in after their actors had been in the helmets for more than 30 seconds was immense. Plus there’s all that condensation you get on the globe.
The backpack really functions as a huge battery loader for all the electronics. The editor, Pietro Scalia, decided he wanted to be able to see through the mounted cameras, so they're real HD cameras, which come with big recorders and great big transmitters. But apparently the footage has been great – you can intercut, so that right in the middle of a scene you get little gems: little bits and bobs that a wide camera can't.
Prometheus costume designer Janty Yates shares, “We'll make about 60 of these helmets. We've got so many stunts. It's a constant process of making and mending them. There are so many things that can and do go wrong with the electronics, but even with all the maintenance you have to do I think we must have saved them a fortune, because if it weren't built into the suit they'd have had to create it in post and that would have been so much more difficult.”
“Even a little knock to the helmet could knock out the whole sequence. They're so fragile, but they're just beautiful things. The result of having all these lights in the suit itself is that you end up with the actors bathed in this exquisite lighting. My guys have to get together with Dariusz Wolski, the cinematographer, and figure out what was going to work and where. They strips of light look like inverted halos and they light the faces really exquisitely,” recalls Yates.
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The first scenes were breathtaking. Like The Lord of the Rings. The THX surround sound effects got pretty annoying because it sounded like there was a roof leak inside the cinema.
I can imagine it being spectacular in IMAX but I think it would be too overwhelming in 3D. I would've hurled my food on the seat in front of me during the gruesome scene.
prometheus is a major disappointment for me the first two alien movies are the best imho
Natawa ako doon sa isang goof in IMDB:
Character error When rescuing Dr Elizabeth 'Ellie' Shaw during the sandstorm, Dr Holloway calls her "Noomi".
I actually missed that in the movie.
the "ancient map" was not actually an invitation. Shaw realized that when she said that they were so wrong.
Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is a magnificent science-fiction film, all the more intriguing because it raises questions about the origin of human life and doesn't have the answers.
and he gave it a 4/4 stars
Richard Roeper (Ebert's former partner in his show) thinks it one of the best films of the year. He gave it an A+
Brilliant. Epic. Haunting. Grotesque. Great
Regardless of Prometheus' Alien redux I found the movie's tackling this creator-creation angle mind opening. I found this line funny:
"This debunks a century of Darwinian Theory!"
Andami kong tanong. Ano ba yung black thing na ininom nung engineer nung opening sequence? Bakit niya kailangang magpakamatay? Yung black liquid na ba yun ay kapareho nung mga nasa jars?
Ano ba yung tinatakbuhan nung mga engineers (yung recorded thing)? Ano yung mga nakita nung mga scientists dun sa ulo nung specimen nila?
Galing ba dun sa jars yung mga cobra-like aliens? Related ba yung cobra-like alien sa facehuggers sa 'Alien'? Why the change in their appearance?
Bakit nangmukhang octopus yung 'facehugger' sa engineers? Hindi naman ganun ang itchura nun sa 'aliens' ah.