Alien Covenant: Billy Crudup

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a) Interest in Alien
Alien was one of Billy Crudup's favourite movies.

He was possibly never much of a fan of horror movies, but he thought Alien was more akin to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining or perhaps some other film that was horrifying and existential and this was something that impressed Crudup because he thought that was hard to to.

It was also done with expert acting and Crudup loved the people that he chose so he was quite flattered to be in the company of so many of the great actors that he picked for the Alien movies

b) Casting for Alien Covenant
News came in late February 2016 that Crudup was in advanced negotiations for a key role in Alien: Covenant.

When the film was coming into production, he became aware of a role that hadn't been cast yet, through his agent, and so he put myself on tape for the casting director with his particular point of view about who this character could be.

It just happened to pair up with Ridley, which became Crudup's good fortune.

Source Quote
  1. Billy Crudup, who was part of the killer ensemble cast of Best Picture Oscar nominee Spotlight, has lined up two more big pics. He is in advanced negotiations for a key part in Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus that is set to begin production next month in Australia. He also joined the cast of Jackie, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis biopic starring Natalie Portman and produced by Darren Aronofsky.  (http://deadline.com/2016/02/billy-crudup-alien-covenant-jackie-movie-natalie-portman-casting-1201709420/ February 25, 2016)
  2. Billy Crudup: I became aware of a role that hadn't been cast yet, through my agent, and I put myself on tape for the casting director with my particular POV about who this character could be. It just happened to pair up with Ridley – it's my good fortune.(http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/alien/feature/a797171/alien-covenant-star-talks-working-with-ridley-scott/ 9 June 2016)
  3. Billy Crudup: Working with him has been so kick-ass and I think he's a really fascinating filmmaker and presence – a collaborator. He's got a very clear idea about how it will be told cinematically. (http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/alien/feature/a797171/alien-covenant-star-talks-working-with-ridley-scott/ 9 June 2016)
  4. Billy Crudup: Alien was one of my favourite movies of all time, no question. I don't think I've ever really been much of a horror fan but what Ridley is able to do in the original Alien was much more akin to The Shining or something horrifying and existential, than strictly a horror movie and I thought that was really hard to do.(http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/alien/feature/a797171/alien-covenant-star-talks-working-with-ridley-scott/ 9 June 2016)
  5. Billy Crudup: It was also done with expert acting and I love the people that he chooses so I'm pretty flattered to be in the company of so many of the great actors that he's picked for the Alien movies. (http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/alien/feature/a797171/alien-covenant-star-talks-working-with-ridley-scott/ 9 June 2016)
  6. Uproxx:Well, you’re in Alien now and that’s set in the future. So you’ve broken that.
    Billy Crudup: That’s exactly right! That’s a very, very good point. And that was another unbelievable experience. Michael Fassbender is just on fire right now.

    Uproxx: I saw a recent presentation of footage. It looks legitimately frightening.
    Billy Crudup:
    That’s awesome. Well, I can tell you it wasn’t frightening to make it during, but I know what we were going for should be fucking terrifying.

    Uproxx:
    A lot of aliens popping out of people’s backs this time.

    Billy Crudup:
    Was I in the footage shown?

    Uproxx:
    Yes.That’s my only question.

    Uproxx:
    You are exploring a planet while an alien attacks the ship, then the ship catches fire…

    Billy Crudup:
    Yes, with my wife on board. I remember it vividly.

    Uproxx:It looks horrifying.
    Billy Crudup:
    That’s awesome. Ridley Scott, I would jump at the chance to work with him again. I don’t know, man. When you start talking about it, it’s just been such a great ride. And being old enough to appreciate it is a gift on top of it, because I do (http://uproxx.com/ 20th December 2016)

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