Charlize Theron Interview For Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’
Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With ‘Prometheus,’ he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Ridley Scott offers his signature brand of action, thrills, astounding visuals, scares, and much, much more, when ‘Prometheus’ is unleashed in cinemas from June 1st in the UK and June 8th in the US. ‘Prometheus’ stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce. Check out my previous ‘Prometheus’ interviews here: Ridley Scott. Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Charlize Theron. Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce.
Alongside Michael Fassbender’s David, your character is the biggest enigma out of the crew….
Charlize Theron: Definitely. Meredith Vickers, she’s a bit of an enigma, she really is. I think that mystery was something I really liked. This is a beautiful ensemble cast, so you kind of try to find the few elements in your character that sets them apart from the rest. I really do like that she really is, in many ways, the character who kind of almost goes against, or fights everything that everybody else is there to do and is excited about. She works for the Weyland Company, who built this spaceship and basically funded this mission for these two scientists, Noomi Rapace’s Shaw and Logan Marshall-Green’s Holloway, to go and find what they believe is the origins of where we’ve come from.
What was it like working alongside Michael Fassbender as David? It becomes apparent early on in ‘Prometheus’ that both of your characters have a few secrets up their sleeves.
Charlize Theron: Michael Fassbender is one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with. He’s just hands down one of the best actors I’ve ever been around. He has an immediate access to things that takes, on a good day, hours for most actors. And on a not so good day, months (laughs). He just has a real raw talent. He’s spectacular and he is a dream to work with. Speaking of walking into a room with no ego, he’s really a canvas who wants to do good work. He really serves the story and he’s so aware of everybody around him. He was a dream to work with.
I know you’ve said Ridley Scott was your dream director to work with. What is it about him as a director that you admired?
Charlize Theron: A lot of actors walk around with their fantasy director, Ridley Scott is my fantasy director. I’ve always…..I’ve been on some movies with directors where I’ve said to a friend, “God, I wish I was working with Ridley Scott!” (Laughs) He just, for me, represents that kind of ultimate director who knows what he’s doing. Also, he’s so collaborative and he loves actors. He’s just in control of the vision and the story he wants to tell. And when I watch his films, I am mesmerised by his ability to not focus on just incredible visuals – because I do think he’s an artists, he sees thing like a painter, a sculptor. But the core of everything that he does is story telling.
With ‘Prometheus,’ what was it like being on a project that has such enormous anticipation surrounding it? Particularly from the sci-fi fans, a genre Ridley Scott has played such a huge part in with ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner’?
Charlize Theron: I think there’s something so incredibly special and undeniable when you have a fan base who loves the genre. With science-fiction, there’s no other fan base, I have found, that is as loyal and loving and as excited about a new film. And I think with ‘Prometheus,’ people are going to be excited and pleasantly surprised, because more than anything, in this genre, you want to not regurgitate the same thing over and over. I feel that will be the things that fans will be most satisfied about. The fact that Ridley Scott didn’t just go back to his ‘Alien’ days, he’s not just giving us that again. Ridley is giving us something that is very original in that world. I really feel like ‘Prometheus’ is a movie that stands on its own. I think the box of making it a prequel was really too small, it really feels like it stands on its own.
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