Idris Elba Talks Revealingly About His Role As Janek In PROMETHEUS

Idris Elba Talks Revealingly About His Role As Janek In PROMETHEUS

The British actor shares some revealing new details about playing the captain of Prometheus (the name of the ship AND the movie in case you didn't already know) and also comments on the amazing set which makes up the bridge of the ship.

In a lengthy interview with IGN Movies, British actor Idris Elba (star of The Wire, Luther and Thor) has revealed a few new details about Janek, the character he plays in Prometheus; Sir Ridley Scott's highly anticipated Alien prequel. "He is an engineer. He works on these huge vessels that do long-haul space trips. He's the captain of Prometheus and there isn't much to him. He's like a longshoreman. There's no real mystery with him, I don't think, and why would there be?" asks the actor. "His job is pretty straightforward. He has a character and personality that will reveal itself in the film. But his purpose on that ship is to fly it and to get it from point A to point B. He's not really involved in the politics that ensues in the film."

So, it seems as if Janek is only there for the paycheque and not as invested in the journey as the rest of the crew, something the actor is happy to acknowledge. "There's an interest because what happens on that ship affects everyone on it, but yeah essentially his job is to get everyone there. It's a mission and he's basically the eyes of that vehicle. Things happen that do affect everybody in one way or another and as the man that has to deal with the ship, he has certain responsibilities to uphold and fulfil. I had a fantastic time playing him and it didn't need to be complex, but it was so enjoyable. It's neither a big part nor a small part, it's just a great part. It's a part that I think plays a very important role in the film."

"It makes it easy to bring ourselves to life," Elba adds when asked about the amazing set which makes up the bridge of the Prometheus. "Every detail is taken care of and so much of it worked. I couldn't fly a spaceship to save my life, but because of the detail involved I'm sat there in front of this console that actually works. You press this button and something happens, that button and something else happens... And the thing about Ridley is he knows everything about the ship. He's designed it in his head and that's what makes him so special." To read the interview in full where Elba talks more about his role in the film, be sure to click on the link below to head on over to the site.


Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender as David
Guy Pearce as Stannison
Idris Elba as Captain Janek
Logan Marshall-Green as Holloway
Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers

RELEASE DATE: June 8th, 2012.

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Rodimus9 - 4/28/2012, 5:23 AM
This movie will redefine the word "Epic".
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 4/28/2012, 5:26 AM
This movie looks amazing but I fail to see the "revealing" part of this interview.
Rodimus9 - 4/28/2012, 5:36 AM
RonVitiate@ Did you know this much already?

Revealing: verb (used with object)
1. to make known; disclose; divulge: to reveal a secret.
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/28/2012, 5:40 AM
My brains are going to melt while watching this film! That epic its going to be! :)
Rodimus9 - 4/28/2012, 6:47 AM
TheMyth - 4/28/2012, 7:32 AM
Grif, elaborate buddy, cause I don't think your point is being made. Correct me if I'm wrong, but is it the difference in the low tech look of the originals(which take place after this in the lore) vs the high tech look here?
Joe6Pack74 - 4/28/2012, 8:59 AM
I actually want to see this more than The Avengers or Judge Dredd.
BFGLOOM - 4/28/2012, 9:41 AM
Not ANYTHING revealing.... And yes Janek does die in the film, Its shown in the trailers, he crashes the Prometheus into the Space Jockey ship while Vickers ejects via an escape pod. Scene also shows 2 more characters running from the falling SJ ship.
RedFury - 4/28/2012, 10:36 AM
Lol @Grif
You're such a tool
jackdawak - 4/28/2012, 9:13 PM
DoomXfactor - 4/28/2012, 11:30 PM
Black Panther!
MrSundayMovies - 4/29/2012, 5:47 AM
Idris Elba is a fantastic actor, and this film's got such a great cast. I suspect this movie could be this years The Dark Knight Rises. Or something.

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