My Warrior Women
Ridley Scott on directing kick-ass leading ladies.
the lead in my new film Prometheus was always going to be female, like Sigourney Weaver in the original Alien. Then I came across Noomi Rapace when I was watching The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo about two years ago, and was taken with this little punk in the lead who seemed to own the street.
As a protagonist, she's a very physical woman who's almost as agile as an acrobat. She's also got a real brain in her head. No one's going to be disappointed. It's odd because Sigourney is about six feet and Noomi is about 5 feet 5, but you don't notice the difference onscreen. And she sure does kick some ass in this movie. Her character evolves in a very clever way.
Prometheus originated from a very simple question that haunted me after the first Alien, and no one answered in subsequent Alien films: who was the "Space Jockey"--the big guy in the seat? We didn't know if it was going to be a sequel or a prequel. I think you might not even argue it's a prequel because it moves so far away from the original.
The evolution of taking the side of the woman, as far as my career's concerned, is epitomized by Thelma & Louise. The budget was very slender because nobody wanted to make it. …