Michael Fassbender & Logan Marshall-Green 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. Out in cinemas now, ‘Prometheus’ offers Ridley Scott’s signature brand of action, thrills, astounding visuals, scares, and much, much more. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Emun Elliott, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Vladimir ‘Furdo’ Furdik, Patrick Wilson, and Benedict Wong. Check out my previous ‘Prometheus’ interviews here: Ridley Scott. Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Charlize Theron. Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Guy Pearce. Charlize Theron. Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof. Noomi Rapace.
Your character David, he brings an interesting dynamic to some of the philosophical questions the film asks. He also injects the film with some humour?
Michael Fassbender: Yeah. David, he’s a humanoid, or android, or robot. He’s basically there as a butler. That’s a thing Ridley Scott and I discussed about David, the idea that he’s always there, but never in the way. He’s sort of like the impeccable butler who makes sure everything is in order on the ship. There’s a lot of suspense, there’s a lot of gruesome stuff and there’s a lot of pretty scary stuff I think as well. It’s nice if I can bring a layer of humour there. Sometimes that puts an audience back into a sense of ease, but then you hit them with something else that’s perhaps a little more gruesome, or scary, and it has maximum effect (laughs). While the rest of the crew is suspended animation, David is enjoying himself, tinkering with the ship’s many technical wonders. And like a child, David enjoys watching the same movie over and over again, ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ And David, like T.E. Lawrence, he’s in many ways an idealized construct of a man.
The questions of where we come from and what our purpose is, its always been the question that humans seem to have asked themselves. Sort of looking up into the stars and deciding that there’s Gods up in the skies, that were sort of dictating how they would live their lives. Its always been something humans have been driven by and obsessed by. To actually confront it and come up with this theory that we’re in fact just an experiment, the same way that we kind of develop things ourselves in a very sort of blasé way. Which I think is interesting with the David character as well, because he makes those comparisons. He’s jealous and arrogant because he realises that his knowledge is all-encompassing and therefore he is superior to the humans. David wants to sort of be acknowledged and praised for his brilliance, yet nobody gives him the time of day. They don’t accept David and that upsets him. And like a child, David can be very bold in the decisions he makes (laughs).
Charlie Holloway and Elizabeth Shaw’s relationship plays an important role in the movie? And Holloway, he seems like a bit of a thrill seeker….
Logan Marshall-Green: Definitely. The relationship balances two elements of humanity: faith and fact, science and religion. My character Charlie Holloway represents fact, science. Noomi Rapace’s character Elizabeth Shaw represents religion and faith. They combine to fight each other (laughs), contradict each other, but also they help support each other when faced with a third element which ’Prometheus’ delivers. If you’re looking to go into space and explore a question, a big question of where we come from, you have to be a thrill seeker. I don’t think he’s the only thrill seeker on the ship, I think they’re all thrill seekers, one way or another. But his sense of exploration and his sense of kind of, “Been there, done that. Scoured earth, scoured Mars, I‘ve been on a spaceship before,” I kinda loved that. His history. This was really the only thing left that would raise a hair on his head.
Working with Ridley Scott, a master filmmaker, I can imagine that bringing its own unique set of challenges?
Michael Fassbender: You want to keep your end of the bargain. You really want to do a good job for him, not let him down – that was the first sort of priority. Then it was just really enjoyable watching him work, you know? I enjoyed watching him work with all the various departments in the film, it was seamless. Everyone was working towards the same goal. He’s like a ringmaster. You get the offer and you think, “This is amazing, this role is amazing. I’ve got to go home and really start working and prepare.” I’m a big believer in preparation….preparing, preparing, preparing, preparing, so that when I come on set I can allow things to happen, but have an idea of where I’m going with it. With Ridley Scott, seeing someone have involvement and instilling passion in each of those departments is pretty amazing to witness, and to have the precision in each department, and to have the imagination, enthusiasm, energy….that’s what sort of makes him the master, you know?
Do you think him pushing the envelope is intrinsic with him being a scientist?
Logan Marshall-Green: Absolutely. I think scientists have to push the envelope, no matter how small or large the field they’re working in. Holloway’s just a guy who knows where the best fruit is, and it’s on the end of the branch (laughs). And it’s a fragile branch towards the end. So it can break, but that’s part of it. Yeah, he leaps before he looks, but that’s part of science.
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