Michael Fassbender talks ‘Prometheus’ android role

He will play the robotic David in Ridley Scott's 'Alien' spin-off

Michael Fassbender has teased details of his role in Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.

The Shame actor plays the android David in the forthcoming sci-fi epic, which takes place in the same universe as the Alien saga.

Now opening up about the role, he told Collider that his character could start to behave more like a human as the film progresses.


Fassbender said: “You’re essentially trying to build a computer that has a physicality to it, that can respond and understand human behaviour. It’s programmed to be able to incorporate itself within a human environment.”

So what happens when you programme that and the programme then starts making its own connections and joins up to its own electrical linking to other ares and forming its own ego, insecurities, jealousy and envy?

Fassbender went on to explain David’s predicament in the movie, adding: “What I thought was very interesting was that you have this guy who was on his own for two and a half years while everyone else was in cryotasis, so what did he do to amuse himself? The idea that there is something of a little boy there, and that he has to rely on his imagination to keep himself occupied, imagination is a very human trait.

“The way that [screenwriter] Damon [Lindelof] wrote it, people treat him as a robot and there’s a bit of contempt towards him because he has all the answers. He’s hyper-intelligent. His physicality is more advanced than human beings.”

He continued: “So, people don’t really embrace him. He’s sort of used and abused. How does that make him feel, if robots can feel? I didn’t want to make a direct, definite choice? I played with the ambiguity. Is this robot starting to develop human personality?”

Prometheus is released in the UK on June 1. You can watch the trailer at the top of the page.