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'Prometheus' Stars Theron & Rapace Sing Praises For Non-Objectifying Ridley Scott

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 10, 2012 at 1:10PM

EW's cover story on "Prometheus" (May 18) helps to highlight why so many of us are looking forward to the Ridley Scott film. Not only does "Prometheus" signal Scott's return to his "Alien" roots (he tells EW he was "marginally hurt" that he was never asked to direct the sequels) with a to-die-for cast, it injects the macho summer box office with strong women.
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EW's cover story on "Prometheus" (May 18) helps to highlight why so many of us are looking forward to the Ridley Scott film. Not only does "Prometheus" signal Scott's return to his "Alien" roots (he tells EW he was "marginally hurt" that he was never asked to direct the sequels) with a to-die-for cast, it injects the macho summer box office with strong women.

Charlize Theron, who plays a smaller-than-usual role as Vickers, says she'd rather "be a smaller character in a great film than the lead in a shitty movie," and Noomi Rapace, playing Shaw, says that Scott's "Thelma & Louise" was not only her favorite movie growing up, "Alien"'s Sigourney Weaver was her hero. “Ridley creates female characters like no one else," she says, adding, "I could be running around half naked in a scene and I never felt like he was watching me in a sexual way. He doesn’t objectify women. I adore him for that.” With roles like Eileen Wuornos in "Monster" and Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" behind them, it's no surprise that Theron and Rapace were thrilled to work with Scott. What actress wouldn't be?

Here's the "Prometheus" featurette, in which Theron calls Scott her "fantasy director." Also check out Michael Fassbender as David.

This article is related to: Prometheus, Ridley Scott, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Directors, Genres, Media


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.