Idris Elba Interview on Prometheus

How he was offered the role in Prometheis:

It was a phone call from Ridley Scott. I’d worked with him before. He’d called my agent and said, “Idris, can I get on the phone with you?” And I said yes, of course, and we spoke about it very quickly. And he said, “I’d love you to do it,” and that was it.

On Ridley Scott as a director:

He has a flair for making the unrealistic seem realistic. He’s kind of like a painter. If he’s painting a lake, he’s gonna spend time adding the layers to make the water look like it’s shimmering. What he does actually is tell you exactly how he’s going to edit you into the film. So you get a sense of where your role [is], how it should work, what kind of dynamic it wants.

On the connection between Prometheus and alien:

Actually, I think there’s a tendency to lean away from the prequel scenario, because this film is epic on its own. As the title “Prometheus” suggests, it has a history that is slightly disconnected from just aliens and spaceships, so to speak. I think what’s exciting is that we know the director made “Alien”—and he’s making this.

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New Character Stills From Prometheus

Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, an archaeologist.

Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers, an employee of Weyland Corporation. From the description of the movie, it seems like Noomi Rapace’s archaeologist is a more important character than Theron’s possibly evil corporate tool, but I notice that a lot of the marketing of the movie is focused on Theron. Makes sense, I guess, since Theron is probably the bigger star in Hollywood, but a little disappointing nonetheless.

Michael Fassbender as David, an android. What IS that red heart-looking thingy??

Idris Elba as Janek, the ship captain. He’s always in normal clothes instead of the space-wardrobe in all the pictures I’ve seen. I guess the captain has to stay on the ship, instead of going out exploring. Hopefully that means he wouldn’t be among the first to die, heh.

Logan Marshall Green as Holloway, a scientist. I think this is the guy holding hands with Noomi Rapace after finding the drawing in the cave in the trailer. Possible love interest to the heroine, but doesn’t seem to be the main male character himself – my money is on this guy to be the first to die.

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Idris Elba to Play Nelson Mandela

I can’t wait for this. Elba will be playing Mandela in the big screen adaptation of Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. This, plus Prometheus, are making me really, really excited. I keep hoping he’ll be cast in better movies than the ones he’s done so far. Sorry, Mr Elba, I don’t think I can endure Ghost Rider 2 and Nicholas Cage even for your sake!

Some great Stringer Bell moments from The Wire (Warning: Clips contain profanity and the N-word).

That time when Stringer tried to sell a condo to Detective McNulty. He’s really taking this going legit thing very seriously. The look on McNulty’s face is priceless.

This scene is very funny, but it gets to the heart of what Stringer wanted to do with the drug business. Make it about the quality of the product and not about disputing territories, that way they can reduce violence, hence reducing police presence. It seems like a good business model, but like Slim Charles said, even if they have the best product, how are they going to sell the product if they don’t have a place to sell it?

This is brilliant in so many ways. “Welcome New Day Co-Op. Tomorrow’s Success Stories Start Today”. Heh. Proposition Joe comparing the drug dealers to a bunch of Republicans, that guy taking minutes of meeting because that’s what Robert’s Rules said they have to do (it’s the same guy who was holding the Robert’s Rules of Order book in the previous clip). Gee, did you forget you guys are engaging in a criminal conspiracy? This isn’t a co-op selling organic vegetables, you know.

From Luther (the BBC series). I love this actress. “Absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence.”