Earlier today we published our interview with Michael Costigan, the producer of Prometheus, who we interviewed at last night’s premiere. Next up are a series of very short chats with the stars of the film.
Sadly we didn’t get the chance to speak to Michael Fassbender – we assume he had to go off and speak to MOTHER or something, but we did speak to everyone else, and in the course of the chats we found out what language Noomi Rapace dreams in, what’s in Rafe Spall’s helmet and just why Guy Pearce spent the entire film in age makeup.
CHARLIZE THERON – MEREDITH VICKERS
In some ways Ridley Scott was instrumental in creating the strong, female lead in films. It must have been an interesting experience working with him?
I just want to work with filmmakers who inspire me, and he’s one of those filmmakers that, I like his films, I like what he does, and I feel so lucky to be at a place in my career that I can hold out to work with people like that.
NOOMI RAPACE – ELIZABETH SHAW
How do you find working in English?
I wasn’t sure, because I didn’t really speak English a couple of years ago, so for me just stepping into acting in English was quite terrifying. And then I realised when I was in the middle of Sherlock Holmes that I wasn’t really thinking about it. So when I started Prometheus I realised I was dreaming in English and I was texting my mum in English. It’s weird, it’s kind of like my brain switched at some point.
Ridley Scott’s known for his strong female characters, did you feel that when you were filming this?
Yeah, he likes strength. He’s not afraid of strong women and men around him. He likes ideas and he likes to be challenged, and he’s very passionate. It was amazing to be on board this journey with him.
LOGAN MARSHALL-GREEN – CHARLIE HOLLOWAY
How was it jumping into a Ridley Scott film as a pretty major character?
I just started with, ‘I’ll do it’, then I started with Charlie Holloway, and started working the character scene by scene. Luckily everybody’s real, available, human and there was no ego involved. We all really liked each other, and hung out on set and off set. Any kind of anticipation of being intimidated went out of the window pretty quickly.
How was it dealing with the immense amount of security surrounding a film like this?
I think we just want to keep it secret for you guys. It’s not because it’s contractual, we just knew we had something special, and the best way to keep something special is to keep it secret.
GUY PEARCE – PETER WEYLAND
You’re doing the entire film in age make up. You’re a man who should be cast in a lot more films, but why do you think Ridley went for you in age make up rather than an older actor?
You’d probably have to ask Ridley for that answer, but there was an idea in the beginning that somewhere in the film we were going to see him younger, so that’s why, ultimately. But in the process of putting it together, it ended up feeling like it was going to actually take people out of the movie. It was one of those things, but funnily enough, the marketing campaign – the TED Lecture thing was spoken about quite early on, so that was there as present as the scene that we were talking about doing, so even once the scene went, obviously doing the TED lecture was jsut as relevant.
RAFE SPALL – MILLBURN
How did you become involved with the film?
My agent phoned up, and said, ‘Ridley Scott wants your number to talk about the Alien film. Then he did call me, at 4:20, on a Tuesday, and I rehearsed how I was going to say his name. DO I say, ‘Ridders’, ‘Sir Ridley’, I just settled for ‘Ridley’. He told me the story of the film, and said that he would like me to be part of it. It was one of the best days of my acting life actually.
You must be good with secrets after being involved with this.
We’ve all been sworn to secrecy, but our cover’s just about to be blown.
What was it like wearing the helmet?
We had fans in these helmets, which they didn’t have in the original film. Apparently John Hurt kept fainting, on the original film, because his helmet kept steaming up, but we had fans, we’ve got little LCD monitors inside it, we’ve got microphones, it’s the whole thing.
You can read our Prometheus review here.