Things I Learned From Movie X
By Edwin Davies
August 16, 2012
However, I think that behind Pearce’s inclusion lies a much more sinister agenda, one that will shock and appal you. I speak, of course, of a secret plot to kill all actors over 50. For years now these elderly bastards have been taking jobs from hungry actors who are denied the chance to play crotchety old men and feisty grandmothers solely because they’re 25. It’s discrimination, pure and simple. If we assume that Ridley Scott is lying about the existence of scenes of the young Weyland (and since he already lied about the relationship between Prometheus and Alien, not to mention the even more blatant relationship between Prometheus and Hannibal, we can probably assume he’s lying about that too) then Pearce’s casting must be considered the first shot in a generational war which will see the extermination of all elderly actors and actresses so that the young can take all the choice roles they have desired but been cruelly denied by these veteran Oxygen-junkies.
Imagine how beautiful the world will be when all old people in films are played by young actors in bad make-up. A gritty reboot of Grumpy Old Men starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jonah Hill will be just a dream and a production meeting away. Paul Rudd will soon be able to slip into every role previously earmarked for Robert Duvall with the most minimum of fuss. And we are mere years away from an Amazing Spider-Man sequel in which Emma Stone plays both Gwen Stacy *and* Aunt May, to the barely disguised disgust of the world. We shall build a new Paradise in Hollywood, a world in even the old are young, and no one need see a real wrinkle or grey hair again.
The only reason I can think of why this has not yet come to pass is that everyone is afraid to make a move whilst Clint Eastwood is still alive. But mark my words, old people, your days are numbered. All hail the young flesh!
In the future, all films will be released two-minutes at a time, and each will have a trailer
As the year progressed and the release date for Prometheus loomed ever closer, the marketing people behind the film started to ratchet up the anticipation through an advertising campaign that could be mildly described as frustrating. The main reason for the frustration was that the film was advertised not merely through usual methods like posters and trailers, as well as a couple of cool little bits of extraneous material like a TED talk delivered by Peter Weyland (which remains the only evidence that Guy Pearce did anything relating to the film that did not require him to perform in Old Face) and an ad for the make of android played by Michael Fassbender, they also made the bizarre decision to at one point release a teaser promoting the upcoming release of a new trailer. Yes, they released a trailer for a trailer. Movie marketing is already crazy enough, with most trailers now functioning as unwanted summaries of entire films rather than previews, but this seemed to cross a line that most people didn’t seem to realize existed in the first place.
But it also seems weirdly appropriate, since Prometheus itself at times feels less like a film than an extended trailer for itself. Characters act in ways which are massively contradictory to how either real people would act or how you would expect the characters themselves to act based on what has already been established about them, they make leaps in logic that make no sense given their experiences, and major events – such as the sequence in which Dr. Elisabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) uses a machine to perform an improvised C-section on herself, which is the best scene in the whole damn film – go by without being mentioned or followed up on.
This sort of stuff makes no sense if considered using even the most lenient of movie logic, but they make perfect sense using trailer logic. If we imagine that these leaps are just gaps where the other scenes will be when we see the final film, then they can be overlooked as a convenience allowing us to see just the good stuff without the connective tissue. You wouldn’t complain about a trailer omitting scenes, so why complain when a “feature length trailer” like Prometheus does the same thing? Ridley Scott has already hinted that a director’s cut is on the way, one which will supposedly feature the Young Peter Weyland footage (wink wink), and there is enough good to great stuff in the “trailer” that we all saw over the summer to suggest that the film itself will be something special when we see all those disparate scenes in context.
I mean, they’d have to, right? Because if Prometheus *wasn’t* a theatrically released, feature-length trailer, then what was it? It certainly wasn’t a finished film.