Charlize Theron might be an Oscar-winning A-list actor, but she was still blown away by her "Prometheus" co-star Michael Fassbender's acting chops.
"Michael Fassbender is one of the best actors that I've ever worked with - he's just hands down one of the best actors I've ever been around. He has an immediate access to what takes, on a good day, hours for most actors and on a not so good day, months for other actors. He has just a real, raw talent," Theron said in an interview provided by the studio. "He's spectacular and he is a dream to work with. Speaking walking into a room with no ego and is just a canvas that wants to do good work and serve the story and is so aware of everybody that's around him. He is like, my dream actor to work with."
In the film, which opened in theaters on June 8, Noomi 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.
"This is a beautiful ensemble cast and I was trying to find something that set her apart, that made her different from the rest and I do really like that she really is in many ways the character that kind of almost goes against or fights everything that everyone is there to do and is excited about," Theron said of her character, Meredith Vickers. "She works for the Weyland Company, who built the spaceship and basically funded this mission for these two scientists to go find what they believe is the origins of where we come from."
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.
"A lot of actors walk around with their fantasy director. He is my fantasy director," Theron said of Ridley Scott. "I've always, I've been on movies where I've said to a director or a friend or someone, 'Gosh, I just wish I was working with Ridley Scott.' He just to me represents that ultimate director who knows what he's doing, but like we said, he's so collaborative and loves actors. He's just in control of his vision and the story he wants to tell and when I watch his films, I am mesmerized by his ability to not just focus on incredible visuals, because I do think he's an artist and he sees things like a painter or a sculptor in that way, but he, the core of everything he does is storytelling."
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.
"More than anything in this genre, you want not to regurgitate anything over and over," Theron said of science fiction. "I feel like that will be the thing that people are most satisfied about, is the fact that he didn't just go back to his 'Alien' days, he's not just giving us that again, he's really giving us something very, very original in that world."
Theron, 36, has appeared in films like "Monster," "Hancock" and "Young Adult." The actress recently appeared as the Evil Queen opposite Kristen Stewart in "Snow White and the Huntsman."
Watch the trailer for "Prometheus" below.