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Damon Lindelof clues us in on Prometheus plot points

Sep. 29, 2011by: Paul Tassi
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Information is trickling out of the PROMETHUES set at a record slow pace, which is why it's nice that MTV got writer Damon Lindelof talking a bit about the film, and managed to get some actual information out of him. He elaborates on a few specific character roles, and the concept as a whole. Mild spoilers ahead.

On Michael Fassbender:

"He plays a robot. One of the things that evokes the idea of Blade Runner is, 'What does the movie look like from the robot's point of view?' If you were to ask him, 'What do you think about all of this? What's going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?'. Wouldn't it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions?"

On Charlize Theron:

"She's sort of a corporate entity. That's another one of the familiar things from the Alien movies: that there are corporate interests in play. I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation. It's a remix …. I don't think she's slimy like Burke. She's not the suit you're used to: not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company. By the way, what company she's actually a face of is a big part of the fun..."

On an ensemble cast:

"If you watch the first Alien cold, you think Tom Skerritt is the hero, and then he's one of the first to go. I love the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, 'Who's going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not'..."

I really can't wait for this film, and perhaps my expectations are too high given Ridley Scott's recent track record, but I am unreasonably excited for PROMETHEUS in any case.

Extra Tidbit: Information is trickling out of the PROMETHUES set at a record slow pace, which is why it's nice that MTV got writer Damon Lindelof talking a bit about the film, and managed to get some actual information out of him. He elaborates on a few specific character roles, and the concept as a whole. Mild spoilers ahead. On Michael Fassbender: "He plays a robot. One of the things that evokes the idea of Blade Runner is, 'What does the movie look like from the robot's point of view?' If you were to ask him, 'What do you think about all of this? What's going on? What do you think about these humans who are around you?'. Wouldn't it be cool if we found a way for that robot to answer those questions?" On Charlize Theron: "She's sort of a corporate entity. That's another one of the familiar things from the Alien movies: that there are corporate interests in play. I feel like Charlize brought a new spin on that old variation. It's a remix …. I don't think she's slimy like Burke. She's not the suit you're used to: not the fast-talking, snake-oil face of the company. By the way, what company she's actually a face of is a big part of the fun..." On an ensemble cast: "If you watch the first Alien cold, you think Tom Skerritt is the hero, and then he's one of the first to go. I love the idea of building a really cool ensemble and again presenting the audience with like, 'Who's going to be left standing at the end of this movie? Maybe all of them. Probably not'..." I really can't wait for this film, and perhaps my expectations are too high given Ridley Scott's recent track record, but I am unreasonably excited for PROMETHEUS in any case.
Source: MTV

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11:38AM on 09/30/2011
Prometheus sounds interesting and Damon Lindelof's writing might match it nicely. I still wanna punch him in the face thought for making me watch that island show where, after six years run, almost nothing is resolved plot wise. That pic of him isn't helping..=)
Prometheus sounds interesting and Damon Lindelof's writing might match it nicely. I still wanna punch him in the face thought for making me watch that island show where, after six years run, almost nothing is resolved plot wise. That pic of him isn't helping..=)
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1:13AM on 09/30/2011
Twenty bucks says the twist is Theron's character works for the Tyrell Corporation.
Twenty bucks says the twist is Theron's character works for the Tyrell Corporation.
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5:44PM on 09/29/2011

regarding the extra tidbit

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5:32PM on 09/29/2011
What an amazing extra tidbit. I never ever would have found that information out otherwise.
What an amazing extra tidbit. I never ever would have found that information out otherwise.
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3:44PM on 09/29/2011

extra tidbit.

This is the second Prometheus article this week that has a really interesting extra tidbit. Where do you guys get this stuff???
This is the second Prometheus article this week that has a really interesting extra tidbit. Where do you guys get this stuff???
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2:44PM on 09/29/2011
That's cool and all, but hasn't anyone noticed that the "Extra Tidbit" section is the entire article copied and pasted?
That's cool and all, but hasn't anyone noticed that the "Extra Tidbit" section is the entire article copied and pasted?
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2:33PM on 09/29/2011
Woh. Talk about your extra tidbits. Extra large.
Woh. Talk about your extra tidbits. Extra large.
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2:19PM on 09/29/2011
I like that they're going back to an ensemble story. That's one of the things I loved about Alien that Aliens lacked (I only bothered watching the first two), was the unpredictability of it. And that Scott was careful not to show too much of the alien.
I like that they're going back to an ensemble story. That's one of the things I loved about Alien that Aliens lacked (I only bothered watching the first two), was the unpredictability of it. And that Scott was careful not to show too much of the alien.
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1:51PM on 09/29/2011
Ridley Scott is a great director. I agree that some of his more recent films have been less inventive / entertaining than many of his previous works, but these look like masterpiece compared to a lot of the slop that hits theaters. To me, he's just been doing the same old thing for too long, it's good to see him go back to Sci-Fi.
Ridley Scott is a great director. I agree that some of his more recent films have been less inventive / entertaining than many of his previous works, but these look like masterpiece compared to a lot of the slop that hits theaters. To me, he's just been doing the same old thing for too long, it's good to see him go back to Sci-Fi.
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