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Prometheus` linguistics expert translates scene

22 Jun 2012
What did David say to the Engineer?
Prometheus left some audience members with puzzling questions when the lights came up and the end credits rolled. One of which may have been, “What did David say to the alien creature?” This question is even more important as it seems to provoke the alien into attacking everyone human in sight and beyond. A linguistic expert by the name of Dr. Anil Biltoo, who works at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies was asked what may have occurred in this scene. Rather than just being any old linguistic expert, he was the consultant for the film who taught Michael Fassbender the dialogue.
Dr. Biltoo said that the line that David says to the alien Engineer translates into serviceable English as, “This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.” So, conspiracy theories of David asking the engineer to kill the humans can be put to one side for now. The other revelation is that there was a longer sequence recorded, but Scott ultimately cut it. Dr. Biltoo said, “We’re all going to have to wait for the Director’s cut to see if the conversation between the Engineer and David – and there was indeed originally a conversation, not merely an utterance from David – yields any fruit.”
Dr. Biltoo also revealed how dedicated Fassbender was. He spent 17 hours learning Schleicher’s Fable with Scott choosing to only use the first line of the film. Will you be picking up the Director’s Cut when it is inevitably released to learn more about this scene?
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