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AvP Galaxy Interviews Sir Ridley Scott & The Cast of Alien: Covenant

In early May, Alien vs. Predator Galaxy had the opportunity to attend the global premiere of Alien: Covenant in Liecester Square, London. The following day we were also invited to attend the press junket and put across some questions to several cast members (including Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup) and Sir Ridley Scott!

Ridley Scott talks the meaning of the title Covenant, Danny McBride gives some dubious parenting tips utilizing Aliens and Katherine Waterston talks working with Michael Fassbender and Ridley Scott. Check out the interviews in full down below!

I would just like to thank 20th Century Fox for inviting us to the event and to Alien vs. Predator Galaxy’s very own SiL for editing these videos for us.

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  1. BishopShouldGo
    I am sensing some of the clowns here are a tad jealous that Hicks has had the opportunity to not only meet, but also interview Ridley Scott, one of the greatest directors in modern cinema. Suck it up clowns and show a little respect.

    Well I am jealous, not of actually meeting the guy, that doesn't mean much to me, but interviewing him yes, that was a great opportunity. But I would have asked different questions, sure I wouldn't attack the guy on what he is doing with the prequels, there is always a way to make certain questions without offending the person in the process.
    Could you give us a few examples?  I'm curious...

    Hicks could only make 3 right? Was that it? I would ask things more related to the creature and where Ridley is trying to go with this.

    1 - I would ask about the accelerated alien lifecycle in the movie, I literally facepalmed myself in the theater, but I would ask like... On ALIEN, the facehugger took x hours to impregnate Kane... but in Covenant it was much faster, was it due to David's modifications? Are those facehuggers suppose to be a different breed from the ones in the original movie? The eggs are different, so... they were made to be born faster?

    I don't need to say: "Dammit Ridley go watch ALIEN again, facehuggers don't work like that." Just point out the error without actually saying it was error and see what he have to say.

    2 - Details on the planet of the movie, was it the Engineers homeplanet? A colony? Was there only one city of them in whole planet? Do they have other planets? More details.

    3 - Ask if since after Prometheus he looked what the fans were saying and criticizing about it on social media, will he do the same after Covenant was released?

    Seeing how random he gets trying to explain stuff, maybe it would have been easier to just ask yes or no questions. Getting into that "David creating the aliens" stuff would be lead nowhere, asking about the sequel would be pointless since he might change his mind in the future anyway.

    And it seems that the guy really believes without any evidence and disregarding centuries of scientific research that aliens have been on Earth and were involved in human evolution, I hate that he is pushing pseudoscience in my favorite franchise, but well nothing I can do.

    Can we drop it? Who cares what questions you would've asked.

    Well FenGiddel seems to care a little, just ignore my post if you are not interested.

    1) Ridley doesn't care

    2) Ridley doesn't know

    3) Ridley doesn't know

    Done.
  2. Samhain13
    I am sensing some of the clowns here are a tad jealous that Hicks has had the opportunity to not only meet, but also interview Ridley Scott, one of the greatest directors in modern cinema. Suck it up clowns and show a little respect.

    Well I am jealous, not of actually meeting the guy, that doesn't mean much to me, but interviewing him yes, that was a great opportunity. But I would have asked different questions, sure I wouldn't attack the guy on what he is doing with the prequels, there is always a way to make certain questions without offending the person in the process.
    Could you give us a few examples?  I'm curious...

    Hicks could only make 3 right? Was that it? I would ask things more related to the creature and where Ridley is trying to go with this.

    1 - I would ask about the accelerated alien lifecycle in the movie, I literally facepalmed myself in the theater, but I would ask like... On ALIEN, the facehugger took x hours to impregnate Kane... but in Covenant it was much faster, was it due to David's modifications? Are those facehuggers suppose to be a different breed from the ones in the original movie? The eggs are different, so... they were made to be born faster?

    I don't need to say: "Dammit Ridley go watch ALIEN again, facehuggers don't work like that." Just point out the error without actually saying it was error and see what he have to say.

    2 - Details on the planet of the movie, was it the Engineers homeplanet? A colony? Was there only one city of them in whole planet? Do they have other planets? More details.

    3 - Ask if since after Prometheus he looked what the fans were saying and criticizing about it on social media, will he do the same after Covenant was released?

    Seeing how random he gets trying to explain stuff, maybe it would have been easier to just ask yes or no questions. Getting into that "David creating the aliens" stuff would be lead nowhere, asking about the sequel would be pointless since he might change his mind in the future anyway.

    And it seems that the guy really believes without any evidence and disregarding centuries of scientific research that aliens have been on Earth and were involved in human evolution, I hate that he is pushing pseudoscience in my favorite franchise, but well nothing I can do.

    Can we drop it? Who cares what questions you would've asked.

    Well FenGiddel seems to care a little, just ignore my post if you are not interested.
  3. BishopShouldGo
    I am sensing some of the clowns here are a tad jealous that Hicks has had the opportunity to not only meet, but also interview Ridley Scott, one of the greatest directors in modern cinema. Suck it up clowns and show a little respect.

    Well I am jealous, not of actually meeting the guy, that doesn't mean much to me, but interviewing him yes, that was a great opportunity. But I would have asked different questions, sure I wouldn't attack the guy on what he is doing with the prequels, there is always a way to make certain questions without offending the person in the process.

    Can we drop it? Who cares what questions you would've asked.
  4. FenGiddel
    I am sensing some of the clowns here are a tad jealous that Hicks has had the opportunity to not only meet, but also interview Ridley Scott, one of the greatest directors in modern cinema. Suck it up clowns and show a little respect.

    Well I am jealous, not of actually meeting the guy, that doesn't mean much to me, but interviewing him yes, that was a great opportunity. But I would have asked different questions, sure I wouldn't attack the guy on what he is doing with the prequels, there is always a way to make certain questions without offending the person in the process.
    Could you give us a few examples?  I'm curious...
  5. Samhain13
    I am sensing some of the clowns here are a tad jealous that Hicks has had the opportunity to not only meet, but also interview Ridley Scott, one of the greatest directors in modern cinema. Suck it up clowns and show a little respect.

    Well I am jealous, not of actually meeting the guy, that doesn't mean much to me, but interviewing him yes, that was a great opportunity. But I would have asked different questions, sure I wouldn't attack the guy on what he is doing with the prequels, there is always a way to make certain questions without offending the person in the process.
  6. Xenoscream
    You did good Hicks, watching Ridley was painful I think he must have been exhausted. I thought your questions were good, anything more complex and I think he would have struggled to answer in that state.
  7. BonesawT101
    I am sensing some of the clowns here are a tad jealous that Hicks has had the opportunity to not only meet, but also interview Ridley Scott, one of the greatest directors in modern cinema. Suck it up clowns and show a little respect.
  8. Zaxxon64
    I just watched the interview with Scott and Fassbender. I felt embarrassed for the interviewer. I mean Ridley Scott has ruined Alien with catastrophic choices for the prequels and the interviewer knows it but turned into jelly because he was starsruck. Really lame.
  9. Corporal Hicks
    From what I understand, the inclusion of the Alien was forced down on him from above due to the reaction seen to Blomkamp's pitch.

    To Hicks: The interview was great, just thought the questions were extremely plain. That's all I'm saying, hope I'm entitle to my opinion.

    Of course you are and I don't disagree with you. Like I said earlier, I had a hundred and one questions for the man but unfortunately it was my first interview of the day, I didn't know how it was going to go down and I didn't prioritize the ones I would have liked to have heard more.

    But I also wouldn't have asked anything in the manner you worded either. I wasn't a massive fan of the finished film either but there's such a thing as being polite about it.
  10. Biolence
    Congratulations for the interview!

    I overall enjoyed the movie but there where some serious WTF moments in it.

    1. I didn't liked how Shaw died, at all. Specially after all the " I want to know why they wanted us dead" from Prometheus.

    2. All engineers die and that's it?, no more on them?, really? nothing at all?...oh well maybe in the next film.

    And the 3rd and worst thing i witnessed was:

    3. Where do all those eggs come from?, David created them somehow by experimenting with Shaw's corpse??.....Pffffffffffffffff.....Ma n!!....Nooooo!!. I mean, is that really what happened?, i'm still confused about that.

    Aside from that i liked the film, although i expected it to be more scary than it turn out. I was a little more scared of David than the morphs lol. I loved the Xenos and Neos design tho, pretty sick.

    What's gonna happen in the next sequel?, go figure..."IN SPACE, THE HIVE FLOATS"  xD
  11. LCpl. D. Grant
    I, for one, am glad Hicks was asking the questions, and not you, Nostromo. Decorum is important, and Scott doesn't deserve to be grilled on his big day. Hicks did great, and will do even better next time. The tough questions should be reserved for the producers who oversaw the development of the story and the final cut, IMHO. Perhaps the screenwriter of the final draft, too. I get the impression that Scott's hands were tied.

    Which is terrible because the Director is the Director, not the screenwriter. The screenwriter writes the film, the Director DIRECTS it. If what you say is true, they basically f**ked up production much greater than I thought. Just wow.
  12. SM
    Quote
    To SiL: ANd this is a reason why this franchise sucks so much now, because of fanboys like yourself who will digest any manure put out there. Good effin luck lol.

    Aren't you glad you have someone to aim your impotent fury at?
  13. Salt The Fries
    I had a hundred and one questions for Ridley and time for only 3. I've previously said I felt like I wasted that interview but I can guarantee you that I'd never have phrased any questions in that manner.

    Think what we want about the man and the recent films but there's a certain decorum to this kind of thing. If you ever get the chance, however, good luck with those!
    Don't worry, man. I had the same thing happen when I was interviewing a band called CocoRosie last year. My set of questions had a certain chronology to it and I had to wrap it up earlier than I thought and thus I only talked about certain aspects pertaining to their formative years instead of their career as a whole...On the other hand once I had an interview with Glenn Branca which lasted almost 3 hours.
  14. The Eighth Passenger
    I had a hundred and one questions for Ridley and time for only 3. I've previously said I felt like I wasted that interview but I can guarantee you that I'd never have phrased any questions in that manner.

    Think what we want about the man and the recent films but there's a certain decorum to this kind of thing. If you ever get the chance, however, good luck with those!
    Any time you're on tape, be it video or audio, you'll critique yourself mercilessly.  I think you conducted yourself well, given what a huge fan you are.  Your Fox contacts should be relieved and will probably facilitate future such opportunities.


    To illustrate how badly it could've gone, here's a true story:  I'll never forget watching a fan interview of his favorite celebrity.  All agog at the chance to talk to the guy, he asked, "So where do you see yourself and the band in five years", a typical but trite question.  The look on that fan's face when the celeb responded, "Dead. All dead," (as he took an exasperated drag off his cigarette) was sad.  I was embarrassed for the guy, since obviously he loved the band, but didn't think about how many times they're interviewed and how sick they get of the same old questions, or fan-gushing.


    You avoided both.


    Again, the attention Fassbender paid your questions was amazing.  Scott looked tired, but F was rapt.  Maybe that's just how he rolls, but you could've very well gotten barely-concealed contempt or something akin to the story I related.   ;D

    Haha... yeah Hicks did just fine. Good questions as well, he gave the impression that he had been following the production closely.

    To illustrate how badly it could've gone, here's another true story:

  15. Protozoid
    I, for one, am glad Hicks was asking the questions, and not you, Nostromo. Decorum is important, and Scott doesn't deserve to be grilled on his big day. Hicks did great, and will do even better next time. The tough questions should be reserved for the producers who oversaw the development of the story and the final cut, IMHO. Perhaps the screenwriter of the final draft, too. I get the impression that Scott's hands were tied.
  16. Nostromo
    To SiL: ANd this is a reason why this franchise sucks so much now, because of fanboys like yourself who will digest any manure put out there. Good effin luck lol.

    To Hicks: The interview was great, just thought the questions were extremely plain. That's all I'm saying, hope I'm entitle to my opinion.
  17. FenGiddel
    I had a hundred and one questions for Ridley and time for only 3. I've previously said I felt like I wasted that interview but I can guarantee you that I'd never have phrased any questions in that manner.

    Think what we want about the man and the recent films but there's a certain decorum to this kind of thing. If you ever get the chance, however, good luck with those!
    Any time you're on tape, be it video or audio, you'll critique yourself mercilessly.  I think you conducted yourself well, given what a huge fan you are.  Your Fox contacts should be relieved and will probably facilitate future such opportunities.


    To illustrate how badly it could've gone, here's a true story:  I'll never forget watching a fan interview of his favorite celebrity.  All agog at the chance to talk to the guy, he asked, "So where do you see yourself and the band in five years", a typical but trite question.  The look on that fan's face when the celeb responded, "Dead. All dead," (as he took an exasperated drag off his cigarette) was sad.  I was embarrassed for the guy, since obviously he loved the band, but didn't think about how many times they're interviewed and how sick they get of the same old questions, or fan-gushing.


    You avoided both.


    Again, the attention Fassbender paid your questions was amazing.  Scott looked tired, but F was rapt.  Maybe that's just how he rolls, but you could've very well gotten barely-concealed contempt or something akin to the story I related.   ;D
  18. Corporal Hicks
    I had a hundred and one questions for Ridley and time for only 3. I've previously said I felt like I wasted that interview but I can guarantee you that I'd never have phrased any questions in that manner.

    Think what we want about the man and the recent films but there's a certain decorum to this kind of thing. If you ever get the chance, however, good luck with those!
  19. SM
    Just saw the interviews, good job on getting access and getting them done wow. But man, the questions especially to Scott, Fassbender & the rest of the crew were kinda..plain. Lush New Zealand planet good for an Alien movie??? This isn't Predator man sorry..That was one if the biggest mistakes saw it right away, dunno wtf others see in a f green planet being good for an Alien movie..

    Could have asked him why he thought cgi Aliens would work well when we already know cgi and horror/terror don't mix well like in all the other shit alien movies. These Aliens moved like in Alien Res when one jumps in an escape pod.

    Could have asked him why he thought a David story was more important than an Alien story..

    Should have just asked him in the end why or who didn't see the stupid parts in the fkin editing and cut or redo them..

    Actually should have just asked him why he made a 6.8 rated dumb ass Alien movie.

    And should have asked the first idiot from the crew how stupid he felt when David asked him to look inside the egg.

    Like the other monkey said, I fell asleep with my eyes open..

    What a weak movie..it's already forgotten and will never be talked about much.

    Fiorland was picked I suspect for the spectacle.  Same reason Wadi Rum was used in Prometheus.

    That's some champagne bitterness btw
  20. Nostromo
    Just saw the interviews, good job on getting access and getting them done wow. But man, the questions especially to Scott, Fassbender & the rest of the crew were kinda..plain. Lush New Zealand planet good for an Alien movie??? This isn't Predator man sorry..That was one if the biggest mistakes saw it right away, dunno wtf others see in a f green planet being good for an Alien movie..

    Could have asked him why he thought cgi Aliens would work well when we already know cgi and horror/terror don't mix well like in all the other shit alien movies. These Aliens moved like in Alien Res when one jumps in an escape pod.

    Could have asked him why he thought a David story was more important than an Alien story..

    Should have just asked him in the end why or who didn't see the stupid parts in the fkin editing and cut or redo them..

    Actually should have just asked him why he made a 6.8 rated dumb ass Alien movie.

    And should have asked the first idiot from the crew how stupid he felt when David asked him to look inside the egg.

    Like the other monkey said, I fell asleep with my eyes open..

    What a weak movie..it's already forgotten and will never be talked about much.
  21. Mr. Clemens
    Less is more. I want to see an Alien film where we don't even 'see' it. We just see members of the crew being yanked into the ceiling and dark alcoves like ragdolls, dragged kicking and screaming and slammed through doors and against walls by an unseen yet enormous and insanely powerful force of nature that is basically just toying with these inferior organisms (humans). The point wouldn't be so much that it is an alien, but that it is a wild animal, but not from Earth. Raw nature. And when it finally does (slightly) show itself, it is the biggest, nastiest, most discomforting design for a xenomorph yet.

    I get what you're saying, but I wonder if that would fly today. Modern audiences are accustomed to so much spectacle, I wonder if they'd accuse an 'old school' monster movie of resorting to cheap tricks to tighten the budget...

    [EDIT: Oh, quick logistical question, Corp Hicks. Did they have the same camera/lighting setup for everyone, and you just took a seat and interviewed, and then they sent you all the angles and the raw audio, or were you required to bring a crew? I have no idea how these events are run...]
  22. LCpl. D. Grant
    I agree that the close ups should've had more emphasis on practical effects.  The test screenings had them apparently, so hopefully that is put in a new edit! 

    I can accept the CGI shots of the aliens moving fast, though Chris Nolan's rule of thumb about seamless CGI is what works best in my opinion.  Alien 3 probably had the most seamless alien effects (albeit NOT CGI, or barely...) of all the films, and I always loved the execution of the Dog/Bison xeno.  So many great creature shots in that one.  Man, when it's fighting Ripley with the tail?!? One of the coolest shots in the series.  And not since that one have we gotten to see the xenomorph do anything remotely interesting,  I mean compared to this who cares about pulse rifles?

    The Neo/Xeno fight being left out is overwhelmingly disappointing, though I do enjoy the movie for what it is.  It just would've really worked to show us something new regarding the xeno.  Could've worked great alongside David and Walter's fight too.

    Less is more. I want to see an Alien film where we don't even 'see' it. We just see members of the crew being yanked into the ceiling and dark alcoves like ragdolls, dragged kicking and screaming and slammed through doors and against walls by an unseen yet enormous and insanely powerful force of nature that is basically just toying with these inferior organisms (humans). The point wouldn't be so much that it is an alien, but that it is a wild animal, but not from Earth. Raw nature. And when it finally does (slightly) show itself, it is the biggest, nastiest, most discomforting design for a xenomorph yet.
  23. prometheusfire08
    with respect you could argue that Dan O'Bannon removed any mystery behind one of Gigers greatest creations by having a movie made about it ......

    it was better when it was just a painting and we knew NOTHING about it 😂😂😂
  24. Deaconschristpose
    I agree that the close ups should've had more emphasis on practical effects.  The test screenings had them apparently, so hopefully that is put in a new edit! 

    I can accept the CGI shots of the aliens moving fast, though Chris Nolan's rule of thumb about seamless CGI is what works best in my opinion.  Alien 3 probably had the most seamless alien effects (albeit NOT CGI, or barely...) of all the films, and I always loved the execution of the Dog/Bison xeno.  So many great creature shots in that one.  Man, when it's fighting Ripley with the tail?!? One of the coolest shots in the series.  And not since that one have we gotten to see the xenomorph do anything remotely interesting,  I mean compared to this who cares about pulse rifles?

    The Neo/Xeno fight being left out is overwhelmingly disappointing, though I do enjoy the movie for what it is.  It just would've really worked to show us something new regarding the xeno.  Could've worked great alongside David and Walter's fight too.
  25. Alionic
    Do ya'll think Covenant will get nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Academy like Prometheus did? It's an incredibly slick and beautiful film; even the hardcore haters here will admit that.
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