Later on in the day, to cap off an excellent round of promos for the film, including the release of a ‘Prometheus’ IMAX trailer, the director, Sir Ridley Scott, along with the executive producer/co-writer Damon Lindelof, took the stage at the AMC Theater in Downtown Disney to premiere the first full-length trailer for the movie, as well as to participate in a little Q&A session. Here are some highlights from that session.
How does the Greek myth tie into the story of ‘Prometheus’?
Lindelof: The story goes that Prometheus was a titan in Greek Mythology. He stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. As punishment, Prometheus gets his liver pecked out by an eagle every day, then the liver regenerates the next day, and the process continues. There are some similarities thematically in the stories.
Does Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland play a large part in the film? How long after the TED Talk does the film take place?
Lindelof: Guy Pearce is in the movie, but I think I’ll get shot by Fox in a minute if I reveal anymore. The TED Talk is in 2023, and the movie takes place in the 2080s, 2090s.
Was CGI utilized or was there old school practical sets?
Scott: I don’t like the term “old school”, but we did use some “sensible school” sets. CGI tends to be more expensive.
In ‘Alien’, when the alien pops out of the chest, the actors were surprised. Will there be any surprises like that in ‘Prometheus’?
Scott: Oh yeah, but I’m embarrassed by it.
The tagline of the movie is “They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end.” What does the Prometheus myth symbolize and what is the religious significance in the film?
The characters in the movie have the same conversation. The question is dealt with in the film, but I don’t want to get into it at risk of revealing the plot. The characters wonder, if they do their jobs right, is there any scientific evidence that makes us stop believing in God. The movie raises these questions.
For the most part, the questions that Scott and Lindelof received surprisingly deep questions for the audience. A lot of their answers echoed the same sentiments: Wait till the movie comes out, and all your questions will be answered.
After the short Q&A session, in which the two did assure that even though the film is an ‘Alien’ prequel, it is its own movie all on its own, they unveiled the new, full-length trailer for ‘Prometheus’ to the world wide web. You can check out the rather impressive trailer below.
‘Prometheus’ Movie Trailer:
Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender Yahoo Live Chat Bonus Coverage:
As an extra added treat, earlier today, Yahoo held a live chat with the stars of ‘Prometheus’ Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. Questions from around the world were submitted and Theron and Fassbender were on hand to answer them live. The session was only about 20 minutes long but you can watch a replay of the session below. Here are some of the highlights:
To Fassbender: How did you prepare for your role in general and for playing an android?
Fassbender: Well, I don’t know. The first thing that came to me when I was thinking about the physicality of the character was Greg Louganis. I don’t know why. It just sorta popped into my head so that was the starting point physically. I always remember him walking to the edge of the diving board and thought it was sort of a neutral position and a very practical position that if any sort of movement happened within the body, it was there for a reason. So that was kinda of the launching pad and then it was just exploring the idea of what would happen if something has been programmed to behave like a human being and what sort of human traits would start to bleed into that programming. Things like jealousy, insecurity, vanity, and ego. So that was what I was playing with.
How was it like working with Ridley Scott? How does Ridley compare to working with other directors?
Theron: I think I’ve been fantasizing about working with him (Scott) for a really long time. How does he compare? He just…for me there’s maybe a handful of guys from his generation that every actor wants to work with and he’s the one of those five that I’ve always wanted to work with. He’s one of a dying breed or one of a few that could give you the visual satisfaction and extravaganza the way he does and at the same time has such detail to character and character development and storytelling and there’s very very few directors that can do that, I think. I loved working with him. He’s just a pro…
Fassbender: When you see something at that level, like Charlize was saying, something on the scale of ‘Prometheus’ and the concept alone being so massive and so to see him operating in all departments is something to behold. His imagination, his precision in each department, and his passion really was palpable on set and was evident in each department. You really would have to be sort of a master of a three ring circus to keep everything, you know, running harmoniously but also giving the special and individual attention to each and every aspect of the film. So it was just amazing to see that. And Charlize was saying, his energy level and mischievous, he’s quite a mischievous character, a childish energy…it’s infectious to be around.
Theron: Basically you just repeated everything I said.
Fassbender: Yes, but much more articulate.
Were a lot of the effects added in digitally or were the sets elaborately constructed?
Theron: Ridley has a great quote and I’m gonna screw it up but it’s “I come from the school of do.” Is that it?
Fassbender: Uh huh.
Theron: So it’s incredible how much of it was built and I think he does it because I think he realizes how effective it is and there is an essence lost, I think, when you just kinda rely entirely on CG and there’s artistry that’s missing from it. The set design on this film is so important in telling the story and it helps you as an actor so much. There was a moment where I realized how important it was for him to have all of that and have it be tangible and that when I had to do a scene where I was on the spaceship which was entirely built and I do witness something quite emotional through one of the windows. You would have these tiny slivers of green screen through the spaceship because everything was there, was built, every button, every screen everything was right there for you. I just assumed because that part of the film wasn’t shot yet… we use our imagination…Ridley said action and I started acting…
Fassbender: … Freaking out…
Theron: (laughs) acting…and he cuts and says where’s that CGI playback we created for her. He had actually went and spent time to create that scene CG wise for me and then played it. And I thought “Wow!” (Ridley) has a real love to want to give as a director everything he possibly can in order to tell the best story. Then on top of that he layers it with the most insane special effects.
Some people have said that ‘Prometheus’ is a prequel to ‘Alien.’ Is it really or does it tell a completely different story?
Theron: It’s not a prequel to ‘Alien.’ It’s a prequel to ‘Thelma and Louise.’
You can check out the video of their Yahoo chat session below:
Article Co-written by Janice Kay