I must admit I know very little about Logan Marshall-Green. I never caught his TV work on “The O.C.” and “24″. In fact the only thing I’ve seen him in is the M. Night Shyamalan-written horror “Devil”. Marshall-Green is about to get a whole lot more familiar when director Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel, the highly-anticipated “Prometheus” comes out this June. Today, The Reel Bits managed to get hold of the 36-year-old actor and get his thoughts on the biggest break of his career.
When asked about how he responded when he first got the call from Scott, he said: “One word, “Sure.” And then, “Sign me up.” It’s funny, the story for me is – without giving too much away – I auditioned for the scene that I had understood to be a science fiction scene. So that was already exciting knowing it was the scene for a Ridley Scott movie. He hasn’t done a science fiction in 30 years. So I’m reading the scene, I’m doing the scene and I find out that they might want to offer me this role and I say to myself, “Well, I need to read the script.” Even though I know it wouldn’t take much for me to sign up. So I’m reading the script, and I have to go back to the office to read it, it’s a super secret script. I realise it’s this great script. This character is really good. This is a science fiction and all of a sudden I get to – I won’t say what, but something happens – and I couldn’t believe it. My jaw hit the floor. At that point it was, where do you sign me up? Where do I get in line? Because I’m a fan boy. Ridley is really one of the reasons not only that I act but that I love cinema. He defined modern science fiction. It was a very easy choice. If he says, “Jump,” I say, “How high?””
Describing his character, Marshall-Green said: “I play Charlie Holloway, who is a scientist and the love interest of Elizabeth Shaw, Noomi Rapace’s character. They are a team. If she’s the brains, he’s the legs. I wouldn’t go so far to say muscle, but he’s the legs. He’s the one who leaps before he looks, and sometimes it hurts them as a team but a lot of the times it’s helped them. He takes a lot of chances and so far so good. This mission is one of the chances. The beautiful part is Noomi and I are teamed, but we actually differ in our philosophies as to exactly what we want or what we believe. She’s the believer. I’m the scientist. I’m the skeptic. I’m the atheist, if you will. But we complete each other, for lack of a better word. We make a whole in that sense. I think its what’s drawn the characters together romantically as well. It’s just this kind of respect, full respect but my skepticism matched with her beliefs, her faith.”
He was also asked about working with Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. He replied enthusiastically, saying: “The experience with Noomi has just been a dream. I rate my experience with working with actors on their work ethic. Nobody has a better work ethic than Noomi. We got kind of thrown into it together. We had to really show our history of being romantically linked, professionally linked. I just couldn’t have asked for a better actress to dive in with and get physical and do little idiosyncratic things. I think she and I both had our eyes on the exact same prize, and hopefully it shows. Without giving anything away, the relationship is essential for the story. Instead of showing the relationship, we try to attack it with idiosyncrasies that are innate in strong relationships. Did she just feed him a frozen space raspberry? Yes.”
“Prometheus” premieres 8th June.