As we inch closer to the arrival of Prometheus on Blu-ray and DVD (on shelves tomorrow), we're finding out all kinds of odd little things about the film, its connections to other Ridley Scott movies (like Blade Runner) and the sort of freaky stuff included in earlier drafts of the script. In an interview with Empire, Prometheus cowriter Jon Spaihts notes that his original draft not only included those lovable, now-iconic facehuggers, but it also featured a different version of the sex scene already included in the movie between Shaw (Noomie Rapace) and her then-infected boyfriend, Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green).
The version we saw in the movie was just a typical lovemaking scene between two lovers celebrating their accomplishments, though at the time the audience realizes that something isn't right with Holloway because, well, there might be something inside of him. Something he eventually passes to Shaw, who rids herself of that alien burden during the film's most memorable scene. But that's not how it was written.
Says Spaights, "I did have facehuggers in my original draft. David, as he began to get fascinated by the science of the Engineers, doesn't deliberately contaminate Holloway with a drop of black liquid. Instead, Holloway hubristically removes his helmet in the chamber, is knocked unconscious, facehugged and wakes up not knowing what had been done to him, and stumbles back into the ship. ... In my draft, he returns to his cabin, is embraced by Shaw, who is delighted to see him having feared that he had died, and the two of them make love," he goes on to say. "And it's while they're making love that he bursts and dies. So that lovemaking sequence echoed my original lovemaking sequence where he explodes! It was messy."
Nasty! If that scene remained, this film would've single-handedly prevented people from having sex for weeks, even months. They should reshoot it and make it recommended viewing for all high school students! But seriously, storywise, it makes sense not to include that scene since part of bringing Damon Lindelof onboard was that they wanted to tie Prometheus to the Alien franchise, but not as blatantly as Spaihts' attempts. So while the horror gurus would've loved to see an alien chestburster scene mid lovemaking, it's not in the cards, at least for this one. Maybe the sequel.
Read the rest of the interview at Empire to learn how David (Michael Fassbender) was different from the version in the final theatrical version.
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