Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender said that filming "Prometheus," was like leaving planet earth and praised director Ridley Scott for his creation.
"I was really thrilled when I read the script, because it was so much more than I expected," Rapace told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent satellite interview. "I think this movie's kind of bringing up and throwing out some of the most important questions about life, you know? Like 'where did we come from?' and 'who created us?' and 'what's the purpose of life?' But at the same time, it's this huge, amazing action film. I've never seen anything like this.
In the film, which opened in theaters on June 8, Rapace, Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green are part of a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, which leads them to a journey to the darkest corners of the universe and a battle to save the future of mankind.
"[There are] amazing characters in it. I think Ridley is really incredible at making interesting, multi-layered characters and just throwing them into this science fiction world," Fassbender said. "All of us are quite rich characters except him (points at Fassbender) because he's a robot and he doesn't have a soul."
The movie was originally slated as being a prequel to the hugely popular 1979 film, "Alien," but reportedly morphed into a different film entirely while still retaining some "Alien DNA," according to Ridley Scott himself. The original script was penned by Jon Spaihts, based on an idea by Ridley Scott and a new script was written by Scott and "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof.
The film was mostly shot in massive spaceship sets in the United Kingdom, but the enormity and intricacy of the set allowed the actors to relate to their surroundings, rather than a green screen.
"It kind of felt like we left earth and were on some sort of journey together and it's always interesting how much it affects you - the character," Rapace told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I think Ridley picked actors who take the work very seriously but still want to have fun, trying to work as a team. We had a lot of fun... Working with Michael [Fassbender], his energy was so different. I remember that I was looking at him, trying to understand if he was cynical or sarcastic, like 'what's going on? is he making fun of me?' He was quite different."
"It's always very enjoyable when you're part of an ensemble piece because you're all there challenging each other but also supporting each other," Fassbender agreed. "It's nice when all the elements come together and again, that's all down to Ridley and not just the players in front of the camera, but the whole crew, 300 people involved on-set and he's inspiring and involving himself in every department in such a way that it's incredible to watch."
Rapace, 32, is best known for portraying Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy. She also appeared in the 2011 film, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."
Michael Fassbender has appeared in films like "X Men: First Class," "A Dangerous Method," "Shame" and "Haywire." The 35-year-old German actor was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in "Shame."
Watch the trailer for "Prometheus" below.
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).