Michael Fassbender on Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' creation story
Michael Fassbender offered some insight into the huge mission Ridley Scott took with his new film "Prometheus," where the director invented a new creation story for humankind."Where we're coming from and what our purpose is has always been what humans have asked themselves, or looked up into the stars and decided that there were gods up in the skys that were sort of dictating how they live their lives, so it's always something that humans have been driven by and sort of obsessed by," Fassbender said in an interview provided by the studio. "To actually confront it and come up with this theory, that we are in fact just an experiment - the same way that we kind of develop things our self in a very blasé way, which I think is sort of interesting with the David character as well, because he makes those sort of comparisons."
In the film, which opened in theaters on June 8, Noomi Rapace, Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green are part of a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, which leads them to a journey to the darkest corners of the universe and a battle to save the future of mankind.
Fassbender had to learn to let go of some of his human characteristics for his role as David, who is the ship's butler, of sorts.
"He's a humanoid or android or robot and he's basically there as a butler, that's one thing that Ridley and I discussed - the idea that he's always there but never in the way," Fassbender said of his character. "He's the impeccable butler that makes sure that everything's in order on the ship."
"It was always going to be kept ambiguous with David whether, you know, is it that he's got a programmed objective but then is there some way that that program has started to have a bleeding affect and that he's starting to develop his own motivations?" Fassbender told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent satellite interview. "To just always play with those two things. And then it was just fun, I wanted to have fun with the character."
The movie was originally slated as being a prequel to the hugely popular 1979 film, "Alien," but reportedly morphed into a different film entirely while still retaining some "Alien DNA," according to Ridley Scott himself. The original script was penned by Jon Spaihts, based on an idea by Ridley Scott and a new script was written by Scott and "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof.
The film was mostly shot in massive spaceship sets in the United Kingdom, but the enormity and intricacy of the set allowed the actors to relate to their surroundings, rather than a green screen.
"There's a lot of suspense and there's a lot of gruesome stuff and some pretty sort of scary stuff, so it's nice if I can bring some sort of layer of humor to it," Fassbender said. "Also that sometimes brings the audience back into a sense of ease and then you hit them with something else that's a little more gruesome or scary and it has maximum effect.">Fassbender has appeared in films like "X Men: First Class," "A Dangerous Method," "Shame" and "Haywire." The 35-year-old German actor was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in "Shame."
Watch the trailer for "Prometheus" below.