The ‘actor’s director’ with four decades of success is showing no signs of slowing down.
Spring sunlight floods the first-floor suite at London’s Soho Hotel where Ridley Scott is holding court at a large round table. It’s a scene befitting a director whose proverbial ‘day’ in the sun has already lasted three decades, with no sign of imminent cloud cover. And such seamless, prolonged success guarantees a listener’s attention when he gives out tips.
“The secret to doing a film set in the future,” he says of working on sci-fi classics Alien and Blade Runner, “is not to make it look too futuristic. Fashion, architecture, it all goes in revolutions.”
If his recent career is anything to go by, film can be added to that list. He’s just signed up to make a second Blade Runner film, which was first released in 1982, and is in town to promote latest project Prometheus, a return to the tense, gory world of Alien which launched his commercial career back in 1979 and has become a classic for every generation since. At 74, it would seem the Oscar-nominated Englishman is at the top of his game. Prometheus has become the most highly anticipated film of the year thanks in part to a star-studded cast including Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, and clever online hype in the form of teaser-trailers and extras videos apparently released by fictional company Weyland Corp. But the expectation doesn’t faze Scott in the least. “You can never worry about it,” he says in a deep voice that betrays only a hint of his Teeside upbringing, “or you’d be studying your navel. If you write what you think the audience wants you’ll end up with an airport book. You should be the judge of what you’ve done and stand or fall on that.”
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