‘Prometheus': Michael Fassbender Is A ‘Butler In Space’

By Azia Celestino

We can’t get enough of that “Prometheus” trailer and Michael Fassbender’s potentially foreboding words, “Big things have small beginnings.” The chaotic onslaught of action scenes in the two-and-a-half-minute clip halts dramatically to provide silence for these words. It’s appropriate for the Ridley Scott film, which started with a “small beginning” in the early 2000s.  The movie began as a mere consideration that evolved into the top secret production finally debuting this summer.

In “Prometheus,” the year is 2085, and a star map that could lead to an explanation for the beginning of mankind triggers a scientific expedition aboard the titular spaceship. The mission takes the crew into the civilization of an advanced alien race, and they realize that the objective is no longer to gain knowledge, but to survive.

When MTV News caught up with Fassbender and co-star Charlize Theron briefly at WonderCon, we asked them to tell us how we meet their characters.

“David [is] a robot on board, kind of like a butler in space,” Fassbender said about his role as a human-like android that works as the ship’s maintenance man. “He’s making sure that everybody is going through cryostasis correctly, that the ship’s in good working order, and that they’re on course to go where they need to go.”

For those unhip to the lingo, Fassbender summed up cryostasis, a post-sleeping/hybernative state, as slippery business: “[People come out] vomiting liquid … [when] you come out of cryostasis, a lot of liquid comes out.”

“I’m first,” Theron said in reference to when we meet her character, Meredith Vickers.

Vickers is the corporate executive on board Prometheus. If you needed any indication of how bad ass her character is, the villainous vixen not only comes out of cryostasis first- she gets up and exercises, or so Theron and Fassbender claimed.

“Yes, you’re the first one up doing exercise, immediately, and very sort of, like yourself, energy in the morning, you’re up doing push ups,” Fassbender said.

“Everybody does it like that,” Theron joked.

The story takes place thirty years before Scott’s 1979 “Alien,” but it is not easily labeled as a prequel to the legendary science fiction horror franchise.  Although “Prometheus” is set in the same universe as “Alien,” it has all new characters and attempts to shatter the sci-fi stereotypes of your typical chest-busting creatures. The futuristic thriller aims to unearth deeper themes while exploring the origins of humanity on earth.

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