Noomi Rapace 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.
Your character has an interesting dynamic with Michael Fassbender’s David throughout ‘Prometheus’?
Noomi Rapace: Yeah. Elizabeth Shaw has passion, desire, love, dreams. And I think she’s a little bit afraid of David, you know? You don’t know what David’s programmed for, you don’t know who he’s working for and what his purpose is. It was very unpredictable being around David because you don’t know, it’s unsettling for her. I think Elizabeth Shaw is aware of that, so she’s careful when she’s around him. And then in the second half of ‘Prometheus,’ there’s a moment where she’s quite emotionally attached….she has strong feelings towards David, but then it’s like she corrects herself, “He’s a robot, don’t waste your energy on that.”
Elizabeth Shaw is very much the heart and engine of ‘Prometheus,’ and this isn’t the first time Ridley Scott has brought a memorable heroine to the big screen?
Noomi Rapace: Heroines in Ridley Scott’s movies have made a really big difference in my life. And I think that Elizabeth Shaw is definitely in the same family. She’s feminine, she’s strong, she’s a believer. She’s driven by passion, love and faith. She’s the one with vision in ‘Prometheus.’ But still, when it’s needed and when all the worst things happen, she has this inner strength that just kicks in. She becomes this survivor, she sort of changes into this trooper warrior. I think she’s iconic and fantastic (laughs), and very much a typical Ridley Scott heroin. I do think Elizabeth Shaw is the heart in the movie.
The sets on ‘Prometheus’ were astounding. How was that for you stepping into these huge rooms…..
Noomi Rapace: Yeah, it was shot mostly in London, in Pinewood. Ridley Scott, together with our amazing crew, created the most fantastic sets. I remember once when Ridley said to me, “Come on, I’m gonna show you something,” and he opened the door to the James Bond stage. We stepped into this room and it was just incredible – I got tears in my eyes! I was just walking around in awe. I was amazed, I was like, “I have to remember this because this is probably how actually the character will feel when she enters this world,” (laughs) you know? That really helped me, those sets, they were incredible.
What was the process like of working with Ridley Scott on ‘Prometheus’? Speaking to the other actors they’ve said how well he works as a team….
Noomi Rapace: Oh definitely. The amazing thing about Ridley Scott is that he’s so down to earth. He loves movies and he loves working. He has so much passion and so much love – I forgot I was nervous the first day. We jumped on this mission, the journey started and I was in there was sixth months, and I forgot I was nervous (laughs). It was incredible, I forgot it was “Sir Ridley Scott” and all that, just because of the way that he works. I loved working with Ridley, absolutely fantastic, we had an almost silent communication. I think we connected somehow and it felt like we shared something. From the first time I met him he said, “I want to work with you. You don’t need to prove anything, I just want you to be you.” To hear that from him was quite unreal (laughs). He does works so well with a team, he embraces everybody, it’s seamless. It was like everybody was working in the same direction, 300 people or so, all working towards a common goal. Then at the same time it feels intimate. Working with Ridley Scott, you forget about the whole world around you, it fades away that he’s such an icon, you forget about it and step into another world together and you just work really hard. Then when you finish the movie, when you step out, then you start to realise that it was quite big, you think, “Maybe I should have felt the pressure, maybe I should have been more nervous about it.” (Laughs).
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