The Lists: In Contention's Top 10 Performances in Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi Trio
With 'Prometheus' on the way, we look at the director's work with actors in the genre
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2. Michael Fassbender, "Prometheus"
Michael Fassbender is quickly becoming one of our greatest talents. He delivered one of my two favorite performances from a male actor last season in “Shame," and his turn as the T.E. Lawrence-obsessed mechanical butler David in “Prometheus” will no doubt remain a beloved treasure from this year. Fassbender has referenced the childlike quality of “Blade Runner”’s Replicants, Olympic diver Greg Louganis’s economy of movement, David Bowie's starman and Dirk Bograde’s “The Servant” who becomes the master in his construction of the character. There is an intelligence combined with a sense of humor in his portrayal that makes it impossible not to enjoy. One never quite knows which side of the fence David is playing on, because it seems likely that David himself doesn’t know. He is operating on a highly logical and yet oddly instinctual level, unencumbered by the weight of past obsession and future projection as most humans are.