Geeky Q & A: Luc Besson

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Sep 15, 2017, 9:00 AM EDT

As part of SYFY 25 – where we’re looking back at everything amazing that’s happened in the world of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror over the last 25 years – we asked a bunch of famous people what sort of geeky stuff they like. Here’s what Luc Besson had to say.

The one thing I geek out over the most is:
When new trailers arrive online.

The first thing I remember geeking out over is:
Opening and destroying a clock at four years old.

The science fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:
Alfred Bester.

The current state of science fiction in three words:
Last unknown territory.

The biggest genre game-changer of the last 25 years:
Evolution of motion capture.

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional, is:
“Only imagination is more important than knowledge.” –Albert Einstein

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is:
2001: A Space Odyssey.

The best comic book or graphic novel of the last 25 years is:
Rank Xerox.

The best genre theme song or soundtrack of the last 25 is:
The Alien soundtrack.

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:

On the flipside, a movie that should never ever be remade is:
La Femme Nikita.

The genre character I most admire is: The antihero.
Because: They have to fight to keep their humanity.

The genre character I most despise:
The alien as the villain.

The genre character I love that no one else seems to pay attention to:
The real life of aliens.

If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be: Planet Mul.
Because: It’s paradise.

A scene from a movie that scared the ever-living sh*t out of me was:
Eraserhead. Just watch the film.

The most underrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time:
Silent Running.

The most overrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time is:
Star Trek.

The fictional character with the best style is:
Rick Deckard.

The best Batman was:
Michael Keaton.

The LOTR character I’d like to be is:

The LOTR character I’d actually be is:

The most unforgivable insult in all of nerddom is:
Being unfamiliar with Star Wars.

If I could have one superpower, it would be:
To destroy cynicism.

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks: flight, invisibility, or telekinesis?  Flight.

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:
A teddy bear.

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:

My patronus would be:
A Megaptor.


On a voyage through space, my captain would be:
Gisele Bundchen.

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:
A sky jet.

People in fantasy tales are always British because:
The French are too lazy to learn English.

In a fight between Dumbledore and Gandalf, who would win?

In a fight between Picard and Kirk, who would win?

In a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, who would win?
Wonder Woman.

In a fight between Hulk and Thor, who would win?
If they could both lose, I’d be happy.

In six words or less, what words of wisdom do you have for fellow fans?
Keep dreaming if you want to stay alive.

Check out more of our Q&As. And head on over to our Syfy 25 page to see everything else we’ve got going on.