Comic-Con 2011: Ridley Scott video chats about PROMETHEUS and will only work in 3D from now on
Twentieth Century Fox’s panel set up was sparse with just two lonely chairs on the stage, but they proved that first impressions can be very wrong. Damon Lindelof and Charlize Theron took the stage to talk about PROMETHEUS, how it fits in to the ALIEN universe, and show some footage.
Read all about it, after the break.
Charlize: How you did you get involved in PROMETHEUS?
I really do believe that for all actors, there is the one, the mighty that you dream to work with. For me, that was Ridley Scott. I got to know him socially and had heard of this film, but the MAD MAX film shooting would have conflicted so I never thought about it. It got pushed back though and Ridley asked her to be a part of it. Of course! Even though the script needed work, she worked with damon and Ridley to get it to where they wanted it to be.
Charlize: Meredith Vickers, can you give us a sense of what this was like for you? It’s unlike everything you’ve ever done before.
She’s definitely very different from anything I’ve done. She’s a suit, essentially. She’s the machine that runs the machine that takes this mission into space. Starts of frigid and runs a tight ship, but you can tell that she’s going to be a problem. What I love about working with Ridley is that we had all layered her – she’s some kind of an enigma and really mysterious. He had me start standing in corners and lurk all the time to make it very suspiscious. What was really exciting about this character is that in the 3rd act you really start to understand what she’s all about.
They’re still in the middle of production in Hella, Iceland. So no one expected Ridley Scott himself to make an appearance. But lo and behold, he had set up a live video feed from location so he could particpate!
Ridley: It’s been 25 years since you directed a scifi film (BLADE RUNNER), why did it take you so long to come back?
I was too busy doing other movies and exploring other genres. I never thought about scifi until I started to realize that there was something in the first ALIEN film that no one had ever asked a big question about. It went unanswered for so long that I knew I needed to make this film.
Ridley: You’re shooting this film in 3D without a lot of CGI. You’re actually building these sets. What’s that been like for you?
3D has been a wonderful exercise. I love the whole process. I’ll never work on another scene without 3D, even if it’s just a small dialogue scene. And 25 years ago on BLADE RUNNER, one of the guys said “if you can do it live, do it live” because it always looks better and it’s actually cheaper than doing it digitally.
Rumor: there’s a robot in PROMETHEUS. Is there any truth in that?
That may be true. Robots and androids and replicants have become such a part of the scifi landscape so they’re no longer unique. You’ve got to come up with unique notions that make something fresh. I honestly have had a better time with this film than in the past many years, partly because of the strong script and also because the cast has been among the best.
Then when talking about seeing GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Ridley Scott thought he needed to cast this girl Noomi Rapace. The video shot zoomed out to reveal she would participate in the panel too.
Noomi: How demanding has this role been on you?
I just came back from space, so it feels really weird to be back in reality again. It’s been the best journey ever. I’ve been coming home every day smiling. When I read the script, I was thrilled. When we started working on it, I completely forgot about everything else. I’ve got cuts and scars and bruises everywhere.
Ridley: Is the PG-13 rating going to inhibit you from telling the story you want to tell in anyway?
Not at all. I’ve got a responsibility to the studio and backers, but we went in together and made sure we covered our ass.