In Sir Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, a quasi-prequel to his 1979 blockbuster film, “Alien." which lands in theaters Friday, June 8, an Earth-based crew is sent on a journey to a near-by star system to explore a planet believed to host an advanced civilization. The great question film asks is "Did aliens create the human race? If so, does that negate the existence of God? Or, did God create the aliens?"
“The more you go into it, the more you realize that it kind of makes sense,” Scott told FoxNews.com. “You stand outside at night, you look at the galaxy, and think, ‘The fact that we think we’re the only ones here is entirely ridiculous.’ It’s an arrogance to believe that we’re the only ones here. It’s an arrogance to believe that we’re the only ones here.'
A deeply religious “Prometheus” scientist Elizabeth Shaw (played by actress Noomi Rapace) discovers a series of mysterious symbols written inside a cave, that sets her on a intergalactic quest to prove her theory that humans were created by alien life forms.
“I love that contradiction in her, to be a scientist and religious at the same time,” Rapace told FoxNews.com. “It just like a constant war zone in her between those two sides. But I do think it’s because she chose to believe and she is connected with something -- her God -- that makes her strong in the most destructive, dark and crazy moments when everything is falling apart."
"Because she has that faith -- that’s what makes her a survivor. It’s her faith that saves her, not the science. It’s not the brain, but the heart, and I find that quite beautiful,” Rapace said.Scott explained that Shaw’s religious faith was based in part on dinner he shared with nine astrophysicists, including three scientists from NASA.
“Scientist who are believers -- that’s not unique,” Scott said. “I asked, ‘Who in this room believes in God?’ And four put their hands up. It’s kind of odd that somebody working with such specific clarity will say, ‘Well, actually, you know, I hate to tell you -- but I believe in God.’ So, that’s an abstract thing called faith.”
“I believe in evolution and Darwinism, but do I believe there’s a power greater than ourselves? Absolutely, and it’s out there somewhere," said Logan Marshall-Green, who portrayed Shaw’s agnostic personal and professional partner, Charlie Holloway. "Do I believe that there’s intelligent life out there? Totally.”
“I really do believe that it’s ridiculous for us to think that we’re the only intelligent life in the universe,” adds Marshall-Green. “I don’t expect people to abandon religion or science after seeing this, but I certainly expect them to look up to the skies.”
“I absolutely think that religion will always be a part of humanity, because it was one of the first inventions of man,” he said.
"It doesn't matter how much faith you have or don't have. Ridley Scott told Esquire. "I just don't buy the idea that we're alone. There's got to be some form of life out there."
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