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Watch Idris Elba In Action As "Janek" In New Clip From "Prometheus" (What Can We Expect From This?)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 14, 2012 2:36 PM
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I already said previously that I think the marketing for this flick has been a tad too much. You'd think the film was opening this weekend; nope - we still have almost a month to go, which means, another 3+ weeks of more photos, behind-the-scenes featurettes, clips, 7th, 8th, and 9th trailers, poster art, etc.

We haven't posted every single new piece of marketing released for the film, and I'm sure you're thankful for that. 

Given how secretive the production has been, we haven't known much about Idris Elba's role in Prometheus, the forthcoming sci-fi thriller from Ridley Scott. We finally learned more than we'd known before in a recent interview with IGN, in which the actor gave some insight into his character, Janek.

Revisiting that interview... here's what Idris had to say about Janek:

He is an engineer. He works on these huge vessels that do long-haul space trips. He's the captain of Prometheus and there isn't much to him. He's like a longshoreman. There's no real mystery with him, I don't think, and why would there be? His job is pretty straightforward. He has a character and personality that will reveal itself in the film. But his purpose on that ship is to fly it and to get it from point A to point B. He's not really involved in the politics that ensues in the film... There's an interest because what happens on that ship affects everyone on it, but yeah essentially his job is to get everyone there. It's a mission and he's basically the eyes of that vehicle. Things happen that do affect everybody in one way or another and as the man that has to deal with the ship, he has certain responsibilities to uphold and fulfil. I had a fantastic time playing him and it didn't need to be complex, but it was so enjoyable. It's neither a big part nor a small part, it's just a great part. It's a part that I think plays a very important role in the film.

As Sergio asked in a previous post, will the brotha live to see the end of the film, or will he eat dirt before the end credits role?

I'm actually thinking that this could have one of those really gloomy, and ambiguous endings, in that, most, if not all of the characters die before the end credits role. Or 1 survives, choosing to stay on the distant world that they are stranded on; or does he/she? Is it all in the mind of these characters, or just one of them? What's real? What's a manifestation of their subconscious selves?

I'm getting a Solaris (both Tarkovsky's and Sodebergh's versions) and Sunshine (Danny Boyle) kind of vibe from all I've seen and heard, but just on a much higher budget, with less introspection and more spectacle. 

And if you've seen all 3 of those flms, you'll understand what I'm getting at in terms of what may be an ambiguous ending that leaves us with more questions than answers... setting things up for a sequel of course :)

An exploration of the unreliability of reality, and the human unconscious; lots of mental anguish and torment brought about by their experiences on this strange land.

Yup, I'm going with gloomy.

Elba co-stars along with Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, and Charlize Theron, in a role that sounds somewhat minor, based on his description of it.

Watch him do what Janek is there to do primarily, in this new clip from Prometheus:

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8 Comments

  • Coltrane | May 16, 2012 6:20 AMReply

    Can we get some prerequisites for noobs posting comments on how 1-dimensional an actor is. Watch the Wire and Luther...or just refrain from posting on matters you have little to no knowledge of.

  • blah, blah | May 14, 2012 11:57 PMReply

    This might sound a lot like blasphemy but I don't think Elba is that great of an actor. I mean, I liked him in that one film he did where he played a war veteran and brother of a congressman. However watching this clip just confirmed how flat he is. Perhaps it's the roles he is getting. But that stupid accent he is putting on doesn't help. I mean, just play a British guy.

  • Agree | May 15, 2012 12:10 AM

    Blah Blah, you're not alone. Elba -- at best -- is an average actor. Unfortunately the "black actor's bar" is so low, his name is mentioned by default. Also, you're correct, his acting is basically one dimensional.

  • Mark | May 14, 2012 8:21 PMReply

    It's disappointing that the cast only features one person of color. Seriously, East Asians, South Asians, no non-white Latinos....

  • other song | May 14, 2012 5:26 PMReply

    I get a 'black-man-dies-early' vibe from all-action-movies-Hollywood-has-made-that-features-black-people

  • Donella | May 14, 2012 2:55 PMReply

    I got an Alien vibe from Sunshine. ;-)

  • Donella | May 15, 2012 11:29 AM

    Noooooo. I mean certain scenes in Sunshine reminded me of scenes from Ridley Scott's Alien.

  • Vlad | May 14, 2012 11:08 PM

    There was no alien in Sunshine, just a crazy scientist.

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