The three-minute short was conceived by "Prometheus" director Ridley Scott and writer Damon Lindelof, showing the founder of the Weyland-Yutani company delivering a rousing speech about the future of technology and robotics. It's a tantalizing teaser of what's to come with "Prometheus," establishing quite decisively that, yes, this does take place in the "Alien" universe, and this Peter Weyland character is really quite the shadester.
Big props to Pearce for delivering one of the most compelling performances of 2012 to date. In fact, I kind of feel like Pearce should just keep doing in-character TED Talks for all of his famous roles. I can see some of them now…
Staff Sergeant Matt Thompson, "The Hurt Locker" (2008): "Bomb disposal is a lot like life. One minute, your life is under your complete and total control. The next minute—"
Alexander Hartdegan, "The Time Machine" (2002): "How did I get here? No, not the time travel part, I get that. I mean, how did I get here? I'm a really good actor. What am I doing here?"
Leonard Shelby, "Memento" (2000): "Now remember, the most important lesson you need to take with you in life is… is… um… ah, s---. What were we talking about again?"
Captain John Boyd, "Ravenous" (1999): "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. And if you eat the thing that tried to kill you, dudes, you're going to be really strong. I'm not trying to tell you to eat people, but I'm kind of telling you to eat people."
Edmund J. Exley, "L.A. Confidential" (1997): "'A hooker cut to look like Lana Turner is still a hooker.' Important word of advice: never say those words to a woman, ever. Also, Rollo Tomasi. I don't really know who that guy is, but I'm pretty sure he sucks."
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