10 Choice Quotes from the Actors and Creatives Behind 'In Time', 'Prometheus' and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

10 Choice Quotes from the Actors and Creatives Behind 'In Time', 'Prometheus' and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Jul 26, 2011

Fox focused on three of their big upcoming sci-fi films at San Diego Comic-Con: Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Justin Timberlake’s big action/thriller debut In Time and the franchise prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. We collected the most compelling quotes about each project from the mouths of the A-list talent that appeared at each respective press conference. Read our highlights from the panel presentation right here,


Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof on how Ridley Scott called him to rework the script a year ago: “I had never met him before but obviously was a massive fan of his work and sort of trembling when he called me on the phone. He said he was going to send me a script written by a guy named Jon Spaihts. It had a lot of great ideas in it. But it was most definitely an Alien prequel and I think Ridley really wanted to push the movie into original territory. One of the pitfalls of a prequel, if you don’t handle it right, is that the audience kind of knows what’s coming because they’ve seen the sequel, the original movie. He was also driven by these bigger thematic ideas and we started having these conversations. We worked together for a few months rewriting the script until he was satisfied that it was its own movie.”

Charlize Theron on the secrecy surrounding the script: “I was in Malaysia and my manager called and said [Ridley] was sending me this script. I’ve known Ridley for a couple years socially and I knew he was working on this. I was supposed to go off to Australia to go do Mad Max...but when Mad Max pushed, he reached out to me and sent me the script. It was so secretive that I was in the middle of a rainstorm on a mountain trying to read the script because it was the only place I could get reception.”

Theron on the inspiration for her character, Vickers: “She is the suit that runs the company [Wyland-Yutani] and puts this whole thing together and we’re talking about a lot of money. I watch the Trumps. I know Ivanka Trump. She’s running that ship. Women who come from those environments tend to do really well. I think there’s something about a girl kind of being in the shadow of her father. Those are interesting themes to play upon if you’re creating this woman who comes from incredible strength and just, real balls.”

Damon Lindelof on the film’s veil of secrecy: “The movie comes out a year from now and I can guarantee you all that our desire to keep secrets is really just driven by the fact that we don’t want to tell you everything about the movie right now. You’re going to see some things in the late fall and certainly in January and February of next year that are going to start overtly declaring what Prometheus is so that by the time you buy your ticket, it’s not going to be, ‘Oh my God, what the hell is this movie?’ At the same time, we do want to keep that fun interplay alive. I think a lot of what’s driving interest in this movie is this idea of, ‘Just what the fuck is it?’”

Theron on the world that Scott built on the soundstages London: “Everything is built. It was ridiculous. I was working for three weeks and I was like, ‘Where’s the green screen, man?’ He’s like, “I’m not doing green screen!” Everything was built and if it wasn’t built if you were looking out the window of a ship, he had CGI imaging that played the scene for you of what was happening outside. It grounds everything so much for actors. It’s all there.”

In Time

Director Andrew Niccol on the thematic genesis of In Time: “For me it’s the theme of immortality and the desire to live forever. The film is also the child of Gattaca. It’s genetic engineering gone bad.”

Justin Timberlake on becoming an action leading man: “It gives a different physicality to a performance. I’m from Tennessee and it’s no secret we like to shoot guns. I was excited because I feel like this movie is my kind of action character to play because he is thoughtful and it’s very intimate. It’s very performance driven. But as for the physicality it’s fun to drive cars and shoot guns and not get arrested.”

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Director Rupert Wyatt on the challenges of making an original Apes story for today: “Frankly, it just wasn’t ever going to be possible to do this film until the technology caught up with it. That’s because we’re dealing with real apes. Our story is an origin story about how the great apes of our world become more sentient and intelligent through the repercussions of a science experiment, how they form this band to rise up. To do that and not use live apes, to do it using human actors playing real apes, the only way we could’ve done it was performance capture. We couldn’t do it with suits like the other series.”

Actor Andy Serkis (Cesar) on playing a virtual primate again (after King Kong): “The reason I took this role was because of the extraordinary nature of the writing of the role. I think it’s one of the most emotionally engaging sentient creatures that’s very been written for the screen.”

Wyatt on why Rise isn’t exact to the Apes franchise mythology: “The writers made a conscious decision to create an origin story that actually recreates the mythology, restarts the mythology while remaining true to some aspects of the mythology and leads up to the original. We have elements like the Icarus in the background. To be honest with you, the reason for the time travel in the original series was they never intended to make the sequels and that’s how they figured out how to make the sequels. It wouldn’t have done any good to the franchise to be slave to that.”

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