Watch Ridley Scott go old school and just scare the heck out of his actors in attempt to capture genuine fear on film. We’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the director’s efforts to shock actress Kate Dickie, who played Ford, the ship’s doctor.
It’s both diabolical and wonderful at the same time. Say what you will about the plot of Prometheus — the practical sets, creatures, and landscapes were astounding. And it’s pretty great to see a big-time director going back the basic “scare the shit out of the actor and catch it on film” trick. No need for green screen, just shoot a giant Hammerpede out of a dummy’s mouth. Magic!
The crafty Scott did the exact same thing while filming the infamous Alien chestburster scene. Scott kept most of the actors in the dark as they watched John Hurt’s stomach explode with xenomorph. Oh, Ridley!
This clip comes from the special features on the Prometheus DVD, which debuts on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 9, 2012.