|"Engineer" sized space jockey suit|
|engineer sets the controls from his seat|
b) However Ridley asked the question and out of that came the answer that it must have been a suit and for Ridley this happened around 1995, or near enough twenty six years after Alien going by Ridley's memory.
|engineer as his helmet is being put on|
c) What ideas were these floating around in Hollywood at the time? My own explorations about the matter brought me to think about the alien space suits seen in the movie Fire In The Sky back in 1993, but this movie was preceded by the film Communion which featured the idea of aliens that were suits containing a different sort of an alien within and a few years before that, there was the TV series V which featured reptilian extra-terrestrials disguised in an outer body that looked like a normal human. A few years after Communion, Fire In The Sky came out featuring a concept that was similar and this was later followed by Independence Day which developed the idea even further of an alien in a space suit that might have been mistaken for an alien life form itself.
Refer to: Prometheus: The "Space Jockey as a suit" question links
d) See also : The Standing Engineer Spacesuits
- (37:35) Simon Mayo: Now as we have
people spalling back in their minds to this character that you're
talking about, this is the, there's a mysterious being this giant
creature, I know it became known as the space jockey, but erm, could
you, could you just
describe him so that people can picture him.
(37.53) Ridley Scott: "He was perceived, the giant was perceived as skeletal and erm, I kept staring at the skeleton which was kind of a wonderful drawing by H R Giger, and erm, then I thought, twenty, thirty, twenty, actually twenty six years on (1995?), I thought what if this is not a skeleton, but, because we only see it as a skeleton, because of our own, the way we see things in our own indoctrination, and er now I thought, what happens if its another form of protection or a suit? If its a suit then what's inside the suit" ( Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film reviews, BBCRadio 5 live, 01 June 2012.)
engineer with head encased in helmet
- Often Scott will have a trigger image in mind when he begins prepping a film. With Prometheus it was the Space Jockey. "The big guy sitting in the seat, " he recalls.
'Somebody said it's a skeleton and I said it doesn't have to be, it could be a degraded suit. It's only you saying that because you think you're looking at bone structure and a rib cage. Why isn't that a suit? It's been lying there disintegrating for two or three thousands of years in deep cold, that could be a suit. The suit works great as a kind of organic, very sophisticated spacesuit." (Prometheus: the art of the film, p20))