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Great Promo Piece For Prometheus: Guy Pearce as John Hurt as Peter Weyland

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19 Responses to “Great Promo Piece For Prometheus: Guy Pearce as John Hurt as Peter Weyland”

  1. SamLowry says:

    Aw, bummer. I was waiting for him to rip his face off and bleed milk all over the stage.

    Or…get shot by a luddite and do the same.

  2. leahnz says:

    ooh, should have had a quick shot at the end of a very intense-looking japanese man (a young ken takura-type, keeping it ridley) in the audience watching his competitor weyland from off in the distance — sizing him up, weighing up the possibilities, thinking, ‘powerful as individuals…perhaps unstoppable together…” yeah.

  3. Martin S says:

    That was awesome. I always thought Weyland would be like old man Tyrell by way of David Warner, but a hybrid Branson/Gecko is damn cool.

  4. Breedlove says:

    So friggin excited to see this movie.

  5. leahnz says:

    other hotbloggers appear unconcerned that weyland – who’s already been namechecked by henrickson, BThDTh – is going to get the further-retconned origin treatment, but the mysterious yutani will remain just that…i mean really, if you’re going to bother going there and doing one, why not do them both and cause a geek-gasm – after all there is no weyland without yutani in the face-hugger universe, peas in a pod.

    in theory as a huge alien(aliens) fan i want to know who yutani was just as much as weyland (which is to say, i don’t care to know about either, really, just leave well enough alone — but since it looks inevitable i don’t want to go through my retconned life knowing all about weyland but wondering who the fuck was yutani? not fair. hope they don’t snub yutani again, those racist fuckers. (no not really, considering what a japan-o-phile r. scott was back in the ‘double BR’ blade runner/black rain days, that seems unlikely. then again while i’ve always assumed yutani is a japanese name, particularly given r scott’s past predilection and nippon obsession, maybe not, so prove it)

    doesn’t this stuff matter to anyone else, other super dorky people? these are my childhood legends they’re messing with, they better not fuck it up. i feel entitled on this one, which is ridiculous of course, but still.

    sort of on topic, this is the t-shirt i want most in the world:

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kzjja3z63g1qa1o5zo1_500.jpg

    building better worlds indeed

  6. Martin S says:

    Leah – I’m guessing that would be apart of the sequel Scott’s mentioned.

    …but at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Yutani show up in Blade Runner. The more talk about AI life in Prometheus, make it feel inevitable he’s going to cross the streams.

  7. Paul D/Stella says:

    If it does get fucked up, at least it’s Ridley Scott doing it. Pearce is so great in that clip. Love it.

  8. Geoff says:

    I dig you Leah but like my girlfriend, you question way too much. (And no, I don’t mean that in a chauvanistic way. 😉

    I’m pretty jazzed about this movie, but it’s all about managing expectations at this point – just judging from the marketing, the film looks tip-top. Fantastic cast, great look, and a seemingly sharp concept. That said, are there potential issues? Sure. From my estimation, it has been over eight years since Scott did a bang-up movie. (Matchbook Men)

    Films like this could go either way – the best examples are Batman Begins and Casino Royale, the worst are probably Terminator Salvation and Attack of the Clones. And if you throw in the time factor between installments (even with the original director involved), you have a very mixed bag including Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Godfather III.

    Bottom line is that I don’t think it will come down to minute details such as who will be shown, Weyland and Yutani. Not disrespecting your POV, but with films like this, fans always get very hung up on the minutae – how many damn times have I heard folks get all riled about “midichlorians” over the past 13 years???? I guarantee you that if Lucas actually did a bang-up job of writing those scenes and making them compelling in Phantom Menace, no one would have given a damn about the concept of midichlorians. In the end, it all comes down to competence.

    I am pretty confident that Scott and Lideloff will not always respect “canon” or continuity with this film but if they craft an intense sci-fi thriller that’s even in the ballpark of the original Alien (IMHO, the scariest movie ever made), then I’ll be pleased as punch.

  9. storymark says:

    If we want to worry about minutae, it was “Weylan” in Alien. Cameron added the “D” for the sequel.

  10. hcat says:

    Looks utterly fantastic.

    Though if I was in the crowd there would be no way I would invest in the company, he certainly needs some coaching to mask his creepiness.

  11. Captain Celluloid says:

    Ian Holm and/or Lance Henriksen. John Hurt was merely bursted.

    and yes, great promo piece.

    -30-

  12. Tofu says:

    Will we be getting more character videos like these?

    Pearce is awesome, par for the course.

  13. Martin S says:

    I just got it. Pearce sounds like he’s channeling Michael Wincott.

  14. cadavra says:

    Leah: What means BThDth?

  15. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Am I the only one not enthused by that? It seemed one of the most affected performances I’ve seen, especially given the “real” setting of TED and a “live” audience.

    Seemed like he was channeling Hugo Weaving in one of his more over-the-top roles.

    I mean I’m looking forward to Prometheus, but that was just… wrong.

  16. leahnz says:

    sorry BThDth is ‘been there done that’ cadavra, not very sexy eh; i wrote my comment fast and meant to go back and fill in the abbreviation with actual words but i was tired and forgot to proofread. also apols for mangling ‘henriksen’ in my comment last night, see the aforementioned no proof-reading excuse, yikes

    geoff, that makes me sad; i guess i could flip it around and say i’m not being sexist when i think maybe you need to question MORE. were you there in ’79 to see ‘alien’ on the big screen for the first time, was it a formative experience in your childhood? i try not to be too precious about these things, but sometimes stupid stuff matters. to me at least dammit.

    storymark, where did you get ‘weylan’ in ‘alien’ from? i know the movie fairly back-of-my-hand-ish and thinking about it now, i actually can’t remember an instance of the words ‘weyland (or weylan) yutani’, nor the distinctive WY logo, appearing in ‘alien’ at all… the only incarnation in scott’s original film is that blue wings logo with no words, i found a pic of it:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BIazSOYb8mc/TloruFryDZI/AAAAAAAACKA/f4hLpTUvlPg/s1600/0008WeylandYutaniDecalsforALIENFX19.jpg

    i believe cameron’s ‘aliens’ is when the weyland-yutami name and logo first makes an appearance in the face-hugger universe, so scott retconning weyland is a nod to cameron’s sequel and beyiond with WY’s use through the series.

    martin s:

    “Leah – I’m guessing that would be apart of the sequel Scott’s mentioned.

    …but at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Yutani show up in Blade Runner. The more talk about AI life in Prometheus, make it feel inevitable he’s going to cross the streams.”

    oh, i didn’t know about a sequel (silly me, how can there not be a sequel). and doesn’t the ‘weyland-yutani’ logo make an appearance on a building in the original blade runner? so yutani could make an individual appearance in a BR prequel, but not a sequel, right? WTF

    (sorry my typos are appalling)

  17. Mariamu says:

    Guy Pearce is so channeling John Hurt. can’t wait for this movie.

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