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Prometheus is featured as the cover story of two French magazines. First, we have May’s issue of L’Écran Fantastique. It’s a 53-page feature too and you can find low-res scans on the Journaux website. Hopefully we’ll have higher-res versions soon. The most interesting scan is this one which shows the Engineer’s biomechanical costume. Notice any similarities?

 Prometheus in L'Écran Fantastique & SFX Magazine

In another French magazine SFX, they have 3 pages of interviews with Arthur Max (production designer), Conor O’Sullivan (prosthetics supervisor) and Richard Stammers (Visual effect supervisor ). There are no scans as of yet but NGR01 has posted the main points. There’s a few quite interesting things. WETA did the effects on the alien creatures;  Ian Whyte played the Engineer for the scenes with the humans. They used a different actor for the Engineer’s face. Thanks to NGR01 and wmmvrrvrrmm for the news.

Update: A new HQ scan has been added. Thanks to 2fray2 for the picture.


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  1. The point is....the ancient astronaut theory is as plausible theory as any for a science fiction film to explore. A story about a magic god like entity creating a garden for his creations to dwell in seems less plausible in my opinion.

    The difference is, one would be classified as fantasy (see: magic), and the other as science fiction.

    Plus, we aren't talking about a story that deals with the latter. We're talking about one that deals with the former, nobody is doing a movie based on the latter, yet.
  2. The point is....the ancient astronaut theory is as plausible theory as any for a science fiction film to explore. A story about a magic god like entity creating a garden for his creations to dwell in seems less plausible in my opinion.
  3. .....who changed all the litter boxes when the crew was in hibernation? ಠ_ಠ

    Mother.

    It really goes to the root of her depression, and explains why she refused to turn the cooling units back on.

    Brilliant!  The theory is rescued.  If I just lost 151 beloved cats, and happened to be a maternal A.I., I'd be damned if I was gonna turn the cooling units back on, either.  And if I was feeling especially bitchy, I would have told Ripley she had 5 minutes until auto self-destruct...but really only given her 4.
  4. I'm just sayin' ;D Our chestburster friend could have slipped into a fuel pipe or something and drunk up. It's an alien biological weapon, who knows what it can consume to gain biomass (aside from people).

  5. The film's plot is based on the fact that these creatures came to Earth in very a deep past, and left their print on our civilization, while allowing us to progress.
    All major developments of human civilization are related to these visits. It's a bit similar to what Erich von Daniken told in its famous book "Chariot of the Gods" (Journalist book ref. blabla).
    This is the concept on which our original script is built.



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    We ended up calling them "engineers", because they have established humanoid life forms throughout the galaxy.

    Yes. And the remainder is a spacesuit which opens to reveal the perfect body of this giant humanoid. Engineers are supposed to measure just over 3 meters high, and to resemble sculptures by Michel Ange.

    Thus they are very close to humans?

    They completely have the appearance of human beings, except for their size. They does not have hairs nor hair, and look like marble statues. (...)



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  6. The translation there is a little screwy though.

    Is it the same planetoid, or the same planetary system. Those are two different things. I think, give the fact that we got a different number "LV-233" it's not the same planet, still, bad translation is bad.
  7. Lostsoul, you are a treasure. 8)

    Does the action of Prometheus occurs on the same planetoid in Alien and Aliens?

    Yes. This is the same planetary system, and we discover the planet to another point in its history, long before the time of Alien and Aliens. The idea was to describe a planet whose volcanic activity had ceased, a dead world.
    OH MY GOOOOOOAAAAAAA----

    Yeah, that's a god-damned bombshell right there. My head went all jockey and exploded.
  8. Lostsoul, you are a treasure. 8)

    Does the action of Prometheus occurs on the same planetoid in Alien and Aliens?

    Yes. This is the same planetary system, and we discover the planet to another point in its history, long before the time of Alien and Aliens. The idea was to describe a planet whose volcanic activity had ceased, a dead world.

    OH MY GOOOOOOAAAAAAA----

    And we also carried out some effects of wounds for a fight scene between Naomi Rapace and the engineer, whose black blood spreads.

    How original.

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
  9. Quote
    immense reserves of containers of the fluid created by the engineers.

    Amazing :o.

    Now it's confirmed the Space Jockies made those containers, so it's some type of bio-weapon.

    Beware that it's a picture's legend from whom I have not seen confirmation in interviews on that point.
    It could be true or fuzzy marketing stuff. :-\
    However, this picture's legend sounds more true that some I had decide to cut in my second selection before posting.

    But for sure they are containers/urns created and stored by the engineers.
    That was the point of this selection :)

    Lostsoul,
    great job you don't need my help at all mate :)
    One thing is bothering in all those french interview, it seems to me that the translation was sometime poorly made from the english almost babelfish like. As if the journalist did not knew who were the space jockey, the alien, the derelict...
    Dunno if i'm clear...

    Thanks a lot mate :)
    Yes you are clear to me. I was sometimes feeling like doing retro engineering translation.  :D
    In some places they take shortcuts like melting the "Juggernaut" and the "Derelict" without understanding the importance of this.
    Or maybe the "Derelict" is really the aged derelict "Juggernaut"(?) :o

    I've noticed that GoogleTranslate does a good job but then where it can't handle itself, Babelfish although it seems unable to handle some obvious French words, seems to come up with some translations that make much more sense.
    Same experience for me. I used GoogleTranslate and Babelfish, take the best of both in most cases.
    But often none of them are right. So I have to rewrite whole parts and compare the reversed results on both.
    Make deeper search on some words meaning, wish I would have spend more time in US a long time ago, to avoid all theses details. :-[

    Thank you very much for all the thanks.
    Especially since, I was not sure about this initiative. :)

    Here the second (and final) part with much more juicy details. (I think)
    Sorry about the delay, it took me much more time than I thought.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-2Rke6fsi_0U/T6fv-wajhgI/AAAAAAAAAHE/8rET6OoVhvY/s600/35.JPG

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    By the way, does "Space Jockeys" have a real name?

    We ended up calling them "engineers", because they have established humanoid life forms throughout the galaxy.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-sIPNNRl9RgU/T6fwBvshnaI/AAAAAAAAAHw/ZeiUGn_AWdA/s600/47.JPG

    Have you collaborate with Giger on the new concepts it has produced for the film?

    No, I did not had this pleasure. But I know that Ridley met him to ask him to take part in Prometheus.
    Giger particularly made a mural fresco drawing that we will see in the film, in the spirit of the painting showing the development cycle of the aliens he had produced for the first film, but which was not shown.

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-jW9Sean1Pqo/T6fwB3SdpDI/AAAAAAAAAH0/bCLOf_3zpnc/s600/49.JPG

    (...)
    This reminds me also that for a long time, the ship was called the Magellan and his name was changed to Prometheus, which sticks well better with the theme of the film.
    (...)

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    Dead planet

    Does the action of Prometheus occurs on the same planetoid in Alien and Aliens?

    Yes. This is the same planetary system, and we discover the planet to another point in its history, long before the time of Alien and Aliens. The idea was to describe a planet whose volcanic activity had ceased, a dead world.

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nYJpnSy23vo/T6fwDtn7htI/AAAAAAAAAIg/ryvJ7FzHTfI/s600/57.JPG

    (Following the previous topic that talks about his work on the medical section based on 1st Alien movie where the dissection the Facehugger occurs)

    There is a sequence very close in Prometheus: the one where we look inside, using a scanner, the helmet where there is still a well preserved head of one the engineers ...

    Absolutely. I worked on this sequence, and the design of the scanner and devices that surround it.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-PZB-c1JfIqk/T6fwEO9DxxI/AAAAAAAAAIw/hIqg-JlRA4Y/s600/67.JPG

    Apart from combinations of engineers, whose design was done by Neville Page, have you had the opportunity to create some of the objects used by these aliens?

    In the first sequence of the film, we discover what happens when engineers arrive on earth, and what they do. They have a dome under which are arranged various objects I drew in part, and which were redesigned by Steve Messing. Once conceived by our design team in Los Angeles, the team of English decoration took over to make them. It is sometimes difficult to know what remains of our work in the film, because changes can happen very quickly.

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-MRxdJt4X340/T6fwEAF8aVI/AAAAAAAAAIc/3PwRzgwkGYA/s600/68.JPG

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/116483613602162563918/albums/5739819943707604369/5739820252625006674

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    (...)
    In the first part of film, we can see an engineer who takes his clothes off completely.
    (...)
    The actor who plays "the sacrificial engineer" that we see naked at the beginning of the film, is wearing about 20 pounds of silicone prostheses on the head and body.
    (...)

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-TF0wahfS57A/T6fwHGpHmYI/AAAAAAAAAJA/AF5OpiqAD5g/s600/78.JPG

    Why this character is called "the sacrificial engineer"?

    You will understand it by discovering this scene at the beginning of film... but I can not tell you more about it! (laughs). On the other hand, I can talk about the creative process of the character.
    (...)
    Once the actor have been cast from head to feet, we created the other engineers that we see in the film, some of whom are older. There are four of them in all, which carries a lot of prosthetics. That represented an enormous amount of work. These scenes were filmed in Iceland.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-l3bDoLqAuSg/T6fwGHxKkvI/AAAAAAAAAJE/HAfO3LZ5-x4/s600/80.JPG

    Therefore, what we took for a skull in the original film is in fact a helmet?

    Yes. And the remainder is a spacesuit which opens to reveal the perfect body of this giant humanoid. Engineers are supposed to measure just over 3 meters high, and to resemble sculptures by Michel Ange.

    Thus they are very close to humans?

    They completely have the appearance of human beings, except for their size. They does not have hairs nor hair, and look like marble statues. (...)

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5-ibtYu4mAc/T6fwIIpADcI/AAAAAAAAAJM/EquaTG-nJwA/s600/83.JPG

    Fifield (played by Sean Harris) is one of two crew members of Prometheus who is infected and metamorphoses itself. Became uncontrollable, he attacks his comrades who defend themselves with blow of flame thrower.
    You can see him here, while Ridley Scott gives his instructions to Sean Harris, deformed skull, and the half-burnt suit of the character.

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KVId2j8tbDk/T6fwIqSr8NI/AAAAAAAAAJY/rQJWk0n9-TM/s600/85.JPG

    Conor O'Sullivan followed precise directions of Ridley Scott, on the physical aspect of the "engineers": these giants resemble both the David of Michelangelo and the male characters of the drawings of British artist William Blake.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-V38MdkjZNHo/T6fwJHVCmWI/AAAAAAAAAJg/Y4P0WGDUd1k/s600/87.JPG

    (...) But in Prometheus, biomechanical details on the walls and floor are much thinner, much better defined, since this environment is supposed being almost in a perfect state. There is no signs of decay, rust, or translucent viscous mud as in Alien, because time has not yet taken effect ... We thus applied the same process in creating the engineer spacesuit, of which all the details are finer and more sharp. As in the illustrations of Gutalin.

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    The alien mutations

    In a scene, the crew of the Prometheus passes a helmet of Space Jockey to the scanner ...

    Yes, because they find a decapitated head inside of the helmet of one of the suit which have an elephantine aspect. The airlock door slammed shut on one of the body and the head and the helmet were found in an environment which prevented them from decomposing. They bring back this helmet and this head inside the ship and undertake to open it. They find a perfectly preserved head of an engineer and they attempt to analyze it. We made the decapitated head and the helmet of the engineer, and we gave it to the "Creatures Department" who placed animatronic mechanisms inside. (...)

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-N7piqJERVaQ/T6fwJodpzZI/AAAAAAAAAJw/3D9PpOIGQVc/s600/93.JPG

    One of the crew member of the Prometheus is also infected by alien DNA ...

    In fact, there are two crew members who are infected. Some of the effects around these caracters had to be made with animatronic effigies, (....)

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-H4YODys4fAE/T6fwKkzlrJI/AAAAAAAAAJ4/7cRiTThio8o/s600/95.JPG

    Did you create other effects makeup for this film?

    Yes. We designed, manufactured and applied a make-up of aging on a character of which I cannot reveal the identity. And we also carried out some effects of wounds for a fight scene between Naomi Rapace and the engineer, whose black blood spreads. We also made a mannequin on the effigy of the engineer.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-4JTYNugiepM/T6fv3Ruui1I/AAAAAAAAAFg/XqnomJc5Qg0/s600/102.JPG

    An extensive work

    You created digital doubles of several actors and also of Space Jockeys ...

    Yes, some intervene during some stunts, like the storm that we spoke of earlier, but we also created animations which I would call "special" for some characters, and not related to stunts. There is also some moments in the film during which we see the crew of the Prometheus as if they were walking on a transparent floor, in extreme low-angle shot, and we created them in 3D and connected with the live action end of plan. We have also created digital doubles of other characters for sequences in which they appear in close-up, and where they must have a photorealistic rendering.

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OBqeDJBONsE/T6fv3vemxDI/AAAAAAAAAFc/r080NZmhBnI/s600/103.JPG

    Looking back, what are the plans and sequences which you are the most satisfied?

    I think that the crash of the foreign ship which you saw a glimpse into the broadcasted images is a great sequence. This is a moment of action absolutely exceptionnal, whose pace is breathtaking. There are many other sequences of the film that I would like to quote, but they have not been revealed yet. But believe me, the work done by MPC on the crash and the one of Weta on elements of the film which are yet to be discovered is truly amazing.
  10. I've noticed that GoogleTranslate does a good job but then where it can't handle itself, Babelfish although it seems unable to handle some obvious French words, seems to come up with some translations that make much more sense.
  11. Lostsoul,
    great job you don't need my help at all mate :)
    One thing is bothering in all those french interview, it seems to me that the translation was sometime poorly made from the english almost babelfish like. As if the journalist did not knew who were the space jockey, the alien, the derelict...
    Dunno if i'm clear...
  12. Lostsoul, that was a great read, thank you very much for posting. Also, your translation was very good  :)

    Some interesting snippets of information. Nothing new per say, but a positive conformation regarding the degree of Giger's involvement.
  13. Conceived as a puzzle whose pieces would be a series of mysteries which combine slowly to form a whole, the story of Prometheus is based on many secrecies which are successively revealed to the audience

    Unfortunately, the last time Lindelof tried something like this he went balls up at the end; there was no 'whole', just a pile of disparate horseshit. Yes, I'm Lindelof bashing again, no need to point it out to me. ;)
  14. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xD6sP7zYTKw/T6fv9m6UEoI/AAAAAAAAAG8/GuIyVIbkwGY/s600/27.JPG
    We thus find these forms in their ship?

    Yes, we met the codes established in the first film. But forms are this time more mechanical than biological. We took over the artistic style of the original Giger world, then we have synthesized some of these forms for inclusion in our architectures, while also incorporating other elements.
    We also had to invent a language and calligraphy, as these creatures are intelligent and need to communicate. The film's plot is based on the fact that these creatures came to Earth in very a deep past, and left their print on our civilization, while allowing us to progress.
    All major developments of human civilization are related to these visits. It's a bit similar to what Erich von Daniken told in its famous book "Chariot of the Gods" (Journalist book ref. blabla).
    This is the concept on which our original script is built.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-rM4CIEJsjp0/T6fv9jhImRI/AAAAAAAAAG0/YP_I5VbP6P4/s600/29.JPG
    What is the idea behind the biomechanics technology? A mixture between nanotechnology and genetic engineering?

    Yes, it could ... But we do not explain things in detail. In all cases, for now! There is a certain amount of time between the events described in our film of what happens in the first Alien. There is still the possibility of giving a more ... the prequel! (laughs). We may have the opportunity to explore these ideas a little bit later.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-KIllkkPBzq0/T6fv_DnWHOI/AAAAAAAAAHM/XAvi-KN1dqM/s600/31.JPG

    (About hibernation)

    It should also be a person placed in hibernation during sleep is fed artificial, which has particular consequences that you will discover in the film, when our heroes wake up. The same phenomena occur when the called creatures "Space Jockeys" also emerge from hibernation. Like humans, they also depend on systems that ensure the proper functioning of their organization, and have adapted to their particular morphology ...

    This is only the first part. Better/good translations are not that easy for me. I hope to share stuff that you would like anyway.
  15. I bought L'Ecran Fantastique.
    No new pics as you know, but I think there is some juicy stuff in it.

    As I'm not good in English and I don't have a scanner, I took some pics so that someone else (like  NGR01 maybe?) could do a better translation.
    Anyway, I tried to do my best.

    I have highlighted in bold the parts that could be the most interesting.

    I'm not sure that this stuff should be in a spoiler tag or not? As it's a released magazine. Just let me know and I will edit.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-syN7ICAmt6c/T6fv05YAl9I/AAAAAAAAAE4/onYtA3y__c0/s574/00.jpg

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    Opposite: One of the rooms of the foreign/alien building, immense reserves of containers of the fluid created by the engineers.

    Below: the scientist Charlie Holloway, companion of Elizabeth Shaw, will have the opportunity to discover the effects of exposure to this frightening genetic weapon...

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    Above: Conceived as a puzzle whose pieces would be a series of mysteries which combine slowly to form a whole, the story of Prometheus is based on many secrecies which are successively revealed to the audience.
    Thus, the true motivations of Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), here beside Janek (Idris Elba), and the reason for his participation in this mission will be revealed only during the last third of the film, just like the presence on board a human protagonist as important as it is unexpected.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_ZFTHEsb--M/T6fv40G4BnI/AAAAAAAAAFw/In43RlanNkk/s600/14.JPG
    (Meredith Vickers)
    She represents the Weyland company. She have a very specific purpose in mind, that she does not reveals to any of the other crew members. But she does not hide that she have confidential orders.
    What really motivates her is one of the film surprises. Michael Fassbender plays David, an android who is like Ash and Bishop in the first two films. We hope to have succeeded in making new things around its character, which is one of the predecessor of Ash and Bishop models in this range of androids. All the technical problems of this prototype have perhaps not been resolved ...

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-PgxOKSq5Ro4/T6fv6SIXxkI/AAAAAAAAAGM/euHoxFDA85M/s600/16.JPG

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    (Giger)
    He intervened as a consultant on this film, and gave us advices. He created several new drawing that were used in some of the large sets that we built. I think in particular of some beautiful murals decorations on which he specifically intervened. In a certain manner, we wanted to "deconstruct" what Giger did in Alien to create the design of this prequel, because we had to anticipate what was at the origin of the following films, both as regards to the sets and the creatures.


    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Mhjy0lH02Fw/T6fv7bcp0sI/AAAAAAAAAGQ/WeF-ZAEfnD8/s600/20.JPG
    We also examined in detail all the designs of Giger which had not been used in Alien.
    There are one or two drawings that Ridley liked particularly, which inspired us to create the appearance of certain forms of extraterrestrial origin that we discover on the planetoid where the film's heroes are going.


    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-seyyGneg_lQ/T6fv6E4NSYI/AAAAAAAAAGI/eU-x8uXYPeU/s600/21.JPG
    Do you refer to the famous drawing of Giger alien pyramid?

    Yes, but in addition to this pyramid, there was also an illustration which represented a building in the shape of dome, with a sort of groove notched at the top, surmounted by a face. We took this drawing and have amalgamated with another building concept of whose aim is that we does not realize immediately that this is a construction made by an intelligent life form, but which can pass for a natural rock formation. It had to have a kind of ambivalence because humans who seek this place on this planetoid should not find the first glance. This is only by scanning the field and doing extensive research they finally locate it.
    It is this research and the discovery of this structure that trigger all subsequent events of the story ... But I will not tell you what they found inside the pyramid!


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    What was your approach to design the look and feel of the civilization of the "Space Jockeys", and their equipment?

    Oh, this was by far the most delicate work and more complex than we had to do on this film!
    I think it would have been impossible to create a superior design to the creature they used in the original film. Since Prometheus is a prequel, Ridley wanted to see how we could evolve forms of creatures that would "connect" with those that we have discovered in Alien. To develop these various designs, we mainly took inspiration from creatures we found on earth. I think mainly of life forms underwater, animals found in caves, and other specimens that evolve under conditions of temperature or pressure so phenomenal that it we where persuaded not that long ago that such places could not shelter any living organism ....
    After having examined all that, we imagined the whole evolution of creatures from the film.
    This evolution of course has a direct relationship with the creature that we saw in the first Alien,
    to be said the xenomorph.
    But I've already talked too much! (laughs). If I add another word, Ridley will send me an alien to settle my case ...  All these informations are top secret! (laughs).

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    Revelations about the Space Jockeys

    Are the "Space Jockeys" inventors of the "biomechanical" technology whose appearance was omnipresent in the first Alien ship abroad?
    One could also believe that these textures were due to the aliens, as they reproduce them during their development cycle, as we have seen in the scene from Alien and cocoons in the corridors of the base covered with biomechanical structures in Aliens ...
    Yes, absolutely, it is the "Spaces Jockeys" and not the aliens who invented that.
    This is indeed the idea. This is at the base of their culture and their technology.
    But in Prometheus, this technology is in perfect operating condition, whereas in Alien, we've seen only ruins.


    Second part will follow asap.
  16. So you want a prequel that leads directly into the events of Alien?

    Not directly no, I mean I don't need to see xeno's, chester-bursters or any of that stuff, what I was hoping for was a bit of reverse engineering, like where did it all come from and what did it do before. Technically one could argue that's what we are getting, but it annoys me we're STILL getting Lindelof insisting it isn't a prequel, so much I can honestly see this film over-writing everything that's been done already, especially if there really is a sequel.   
  17. Scott said ok, his idea was for 2 R rated movies that were real prequels leading to the events of ALIEN.
    Jon Spaihts wrote that direct prequel, wich was going to be cut in 2 movies (wich included the proto alien, the derelict landing on LV426 and the special Order 937 sent to mother).
    Scott asked for a budget of 200 millions dollars, FOX refused, no way they were going to put that money in 2 R rated movies especially for a franchise thats almost dead in the water.

    Then Scott had the idea to sell the movie as a new franchise.
    Asked Damon Lindelof to remove/merge some scenes and transform all the direct links to ALIEN in order to make the story work as one movie cutting the budget in half.
    Scott also asked to have the liberty to shoot an R rated movie but agreed to deliver also a PG13 cut.

    I certainly believe most of the above is true, it also explains why we won't get an "R" rated (or 18 over here) movie which is being saved for the Blu-Ray release.  I'd even argue this is not Scott's film at all, but simply a compromise based on the studio telling him what he can and can't do. The fact he's doing it at all says there must be something he sees worth doing with Prometheus, but just how much influence has Rotheman had in all this. Like I always said, I hope some day we get to see what Jon Spaihts wrote, I never did like the idea of Lindelof's involvement, I'm not even convinced Scott really asked him to re-write what was the prequel, that it was more likely at the studios 'request'. Far as all things ALIEN goes I fear the worst, even though it could still be a great movie, it won't be the prequel I hoped for.   

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