Los Angeles Times video of the Hero Complex Ridley Scott interview snippets

Los Angeles Times video of the Hero Complex Ridley Scott interview snippets ( Transcribed by Wmmvrrvrrmm)

Geoff Boucher
:Ridley Scott!

( audience applause)

Geoff Boucher:It's interesting to see that Sigourney Weaver. Sigourney Weaver by the way, everybody, what an amazing... 

(crowd round of applause)

Geoff Boucher: But she was voted by many many many fans to be the greatest female character in the history of science fiction, and I don't that surprises a single person in the theatre,

Ridley Scott:  It must have been hard for her, but because, the, there was so little dialogue, but the dialogue that existed was I think was pretty damned good, but it was austere, I call it austere, and er, it doesn't give you a long… a lot to get into, there's no five minute scenes, right, and the last thing for her will be… she will gradually earn the position during the drama that she was suddenly coming to the fore. She's great intuition, and erm, great thinking, great elegance, and physically very very good. Fantastic.

Geoff Boucher: There any exciting things that you want to tell us I think tonight about, you're going back to the future and you're going back to Alien, can you tell us a little bit about that?

Ridley Scott: Well, the... em, I watched the Franchise zip along for the next twenty, thirty years and erm, they never asked me back

(audience laughter)

Ridley Scott : Er, I sat thinking about the Franchise which has now died on the road somewhere, way back and lying in the dust, And I thought, you know, what, what I should do is go back and, and in the first alien, when John  Hurt climbed up and up over the top of the rise and somebody said the immortal lines "Good god, what is this?" you know, good luck, you know, (to the audience ) that's a joke, pretty basic line actually. Um, but what we saw was appropriate for Good God because there was a massive giant lying in the chair and the chair was either, erm, a form of engine or some piece of technology and I always thought no one has ever asked who was , 'n' this big, they started fondly calling it the space jockey, so I thought we've got to go back, who the hell's the space jockey, and erm, so it's written, and erm, prepped, doing, I'm prepping it now.

Geoff Boucher: The next film that we're showing tonight, err, Blade Runner, the star of that film , he came to your door in London.

Ridley Scott: Ah, yuh

Geoff Boucher: Could you tell folks… he came to the door, he wasn't dressed in street clothes was he?

Ridley Scott: No

Geoff Boucher: What was he dressed in?

Ridley Scott: We were casting and building, and I'd heard that this film being made was called Indiana Jones, I'd said to my studio and my partners, I want to cast this guy called Harrison Ford,  somebody said , "who's that", and I said well, "he's the guy who drives that funny circular vehicle in em" The Maltese Falcon. What was it called

Geoff Boucher: The Millenium Falcon

Ridley Scott: Millenium Falcon.

Geoff Boucher: (laughter)

Ridley Scott: And err, and they said "Oh him, r-r-r-r-r-r, okay" and I said Yeah, and erm they said 'why?", I said "because if Steven and George decided that this guy's the star of.. in Indiana Jones, i think you want him to follow in this film because I think it sounds like it's a good idea.

Geoff Boucher: (laughter)

Ridley Scott: and um, so I met, I waited one night to meet with him, he said "i'm filming, I dunno, ah okay". And he turned up I think around eleven o'clock at night, but he came in straight from the set, so he still had on I think his khaki hat, leather jacket, unshaven, you know, boots, sat down, said " I'm really sorry I'm late, dude" and that was it, that's the first time I met him.

Geoff Boucher: It's interesting though the way that film is echoed, I mean I think you could take, err, George Miller's, err, Road Warrior Mad Max films and Blade Runner, and and they actually changed the way that people visualise the future, I mean they created almost all entire sector...

Ridley Scott:yeah

Geoff Boucher:…of the way the future was visualised

Ridley Scott:yeah

Geoff Boucher: Can you talk a little about that?

Ridley Scott:You know, I , I , I came into science fiction by the back door because I hadn't, most of the science fiction I'd seen or glimpsed at as a young teen, I hadn't really been keen on them and err, they always looked a bit as it were, a teeny little bit cheesy, um because in those days they didn't have their technology, or the , to make things look real, and so I'd never really considered that world.
I think really one should really mention Moebius, because I think Moebius in a funny way is the, is the father of this kind of weird thinking 'cause I was staring at Moebius magazines, so I had them stacked in my study when I was a commercial maker, when I, even before I did the duellists, and I was going through these thinking, my god, they're great vision of futuristic ideas, so I, you know, I was influenced almost totally by Moebius

Geoff Boucher:well, I'm not sure I can think of a film that ages better than Blade Runner, I mean it's… it's...it's a little startling, actually, in fact the films seems better today than any other time I've ever seen it.

Ridley Scott: See I was right the first time, you guys were wrong.

Geoff Boucher: (laughs, points to Ridley amidst the crowds applause) He was right!
 Thankyou guys for coming and here comes Blade Runner!

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