Whether it’s Blade Runner or even A Good Year, Ridley Scott loves taking viewers to an entirely different universe, often painting his stories on a huge and seemingly unwieldy canvas. With Alien and Blade Runner considered two of his finest works, Scott’s return to sci-fi with Prometheus has movie geeks waiting on bated breath (the picture opens June 8th).
I’m one of those geeks, and whenever I get the chance, I’ll ask various actors the requisite “What’s it like to work with Ridley Scott” question.
During my interview with Mark Strong for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, he described the experience of watching Ridley Scott work on Robin Hood. “It’s like being in the middle of a war,” says Strong, who played traitor Sir Godfrey in the film. “With a general you want on your side.” Click on the media bar to hear Strong give a two minute description on working with Scott:
My favorite Ridley Scott film, by a mile (okay, maybe a half mile thanks to Blade Runner), is the director’s cut version of Kingdom of Heaven. During the interviews for Sympathy for Delicious, I asked Orlando Bloom if he gets fan feedback from Kingdom of Heaven. I also made a rather sycophantic (yet, in my opinion, true) comment about him putting his heart and soul into the film. Here’s Orlando’s response:
Towards the end of the Prometheus trailer, Michael Fassbender, looking creepy (yet compelling) as ever, says “Big things have small beginnings.” Nothing about this trailer is small, and I’m betting the farm Prometheus doesn’t disappoint. But this is coming from the guy who thinks Danny Boyle’s sci-fi flick Sunshine (which starred Mark Strong) is a masterpiece.
Speaking of different strokes for different folks, tell us your favorite Ridley Scott feature. Matchstick Men? Hannibal? Has anyone out there seen The Kingdom of Heaven director’s cut?
Prometheus is co-written by Lost executive producer/writer Damon Lindelof.
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @gsrisavasdi)