Michael Fassbender's Prometheus role: Less Alien, more Blade Runner

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Dec 15, 2012

Michael Fassbender hit paydirt when he landed a role in Ridley Scott's Prometheus. So, inquiring minds want to know: How did he prepare for the huge, Alien-like thriller? According to the actor, he skipped Alien and watched Blade Runner. Wait, what?

While promoting his latest film, Shame, Fassbender spoke with MTV about how he prepared for the highly anticipated Prometheus. The film has been called a prequel, a spinoff and everything under the sun in relation to Scott's original Alien. Therefore, it would make sense for Fassbender to study the previous films, right? Wrong!

Fassbender admitted that he spent more time watching Blade Runner than anything in the Alien series. In Prometheus, he plays an android, so he probably took notes from Blade Runner's Roy Batty. Rutger Hauer is amazing in that role, so who wouldn't try to pick up a few pointers?

Fassbender claims that he was also influenced by Olympic diver Greg Louganis. He says, "Greg Louganis was my first inspiration. I figured that I'd sort of base my physicality roughly around him." Little is known about Fassbender's character (or the movie itself) other than that his name is David and he's an android.

All we can say is, if Hauer and Louganis informed his performance, David's going to have some serious moves!

Prometheus opens June 8.

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