With Prometheus now playing, 20th Century Fox held a massive press junket in London last week where I was able to interview most of the cast and director Ridley Scott. Here’s are my print interviews with Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender and Scott, and here are my on-camera interviews with Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, and Damon Lindelof. For more on the film, here’s four clips and five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and Matt’s review.
During my on-camera interview with Scott we talked about how much fun he had making Prometheus and his desire to do the sequel, the difficulty in tackling serious issues when a movie costs so much, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray/DVD, director’s cuts, and more. In addition, Scott talks about a possible scene from the Blade Runner sequel and reveals the Prometheus Blu-ray might have 20 to 30 minutes of deleted scenes and describes one of them. Hit the jump to watch.
In addition, I’m happy to report that Prometheus was great. Unlike most Hollywood movies that get watered down for mainstream acceptance, Prometheus is the type of big budget sci-fi that studios rarely make. I definitely recommend seeing it in a theater. Also, the 3D is fantastic.
Finally, after you’ve watched the video below, I suggest checking out the print interview I did with Scott. In that interview he talks about how Prometheus came about, the sequels, and other future projects.
Note: I advise not watching this interview until you’ve seen the movie due to spoilers. You’ve been warned.
- Talks about how he really enjoyed making Prometheus and his desire to do the sequel. Also talks about how he thinks one of the biggest problems in our world is religion
- We talk about how hard it is to make a movie that deals with serious issues when it costs over a hundred million dollars to make
- How long was his first cut of Prometheus. Says it was 2 hrs. 27 minutes
- Is the version in theaters his directors cut or will the home video release be the director’s cut. Talks about how he regrets not releasing the longer version of Kingdom of Heaven as his directors cut
- 3:22 – Says the Blu-ray will have around 30 minutes of deleted scenes
- 3:45 – Talks about the deleted scene between Noomi Rapace and the engineer and why it was cut out of the film
- 4:30 – Is the extended cut on the Blu-ray a lot longer than the theatrical release. Says that it might be 20 minutes longer (but the way he talks about it I’m not sure if he’s figured it out yet)
- 5:30 – Talks about a scene from the Blade Runner sequel
SCOTT: This is fundamentally the director’s cut. But there will be half an hour of stuff on the menu because people are so into films—how they’re made, how they’re set up, and the rejections in it. That’s why it’s fascinating. So this will all go on to the menu.
Well I’m curious about the deleted scenes. Specifically in this film, Noomi [Rapace] mentioned maybe there was a fight scene with her and an Engineer.
SCOTT: The Engineer fight scene was pretty good. It will definitely go on the menu. It won’t go on the long version. The problem about it is, while she gives as good as she gets with an axe (she’s very physical), he’s so big, for him to be clouted with a conventional weapon somehow diminished him. It’s subtle. It’s drama. I didn’t want to diminish him by having this person who has a weapon to be able to back him off. It minimized him. That’s why when he deals with people inside his cockpit, it’s over. Wham, wham, wham. Even the shot doesn’t mean anything. And so all she has time for is introducing him to the big boy inside the lab.
You’re going to do an extended cut on the Blu-ray/DVD. Is it a lot longer?
SCOTT: Twenty minutes.
So there’s, like, twenty minutes that will be added back in for a longer version?
SCOTT: Maybe. But I’m so happy with this engine, the way it is right now. I think it’s fine. I think it works. It can go in a section where, if you really want to tap in, look at the menu. To see how things are long, and it’s too long. Dramatically, I’m about putting bums on seats. For me to separate my idea of commerce from art—I’d be a fool. You can’t do that. I wouldn’t be allowed to do the films I do. So I’m very user friendly as far as the studios are concerned. To a certain extent, I’m a businessman. I’m aware that’s what I have to do. It’s my job. To say, “Screw the audience.” You can’t do that. “Am I communicating?” is the question. Am I communicating? Because if I’m not, I need to address it.