Michael Fassbender on His Inspirations for Playing an Android in Prometheus
11.21.11 by BJSprecher
Considering the fact that Michael Fassbender is playing an android in Prometheus, director Ridley Scott's upcoming reboot-prequel to his 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, it seems like the performance given by Ian Holm as the android Ash in Alien would be an obvious source of reference for the British actor to draw upon. However, in a recent interview with MTV in support of his new NC-17 drama, Shame, Fassbender revealed that he didn't watch Alien, but instead looked to another movie directed by Scott for ideas, the 1982 sci-fi movie Blade Runner — which contained several android characters, most famously the "Replicant" Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) — and that he studied the body language of American Olympic diver Greg Louganis for inspiration.
I kind of went my own way, really. I didn't watch the [Alien] films. When I found out I was doing it, I didn't revisit them. I watched Blade Runner, but I didn't watch the Alien films. Of course, you know, they're in there. I can remember them from when I've seen the films before, but I sort of went a different way. Greg Louganis was my first inspiration. I figured that I'd sort of base my physicality roughly around him, and then it kind of went from there.
Prometheus was originally written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour), but it was subsequently rewritten by Damon Lindelof (Cowboys and Aliens). The cast includes Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Idris Elba.