Watch Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus Give a Speech

Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland

There’s a long story behind this viral video of Guy Pearce playing Peter Weyland giving a speech to a crowd about changing the world and becoming Gods, in case you were wondering. Pearce’s Weyland is famous in the Ridley Scott “Alien” universe — or at least, his family tree is, as they are one half of the Weyland-Yutani corporation responsible for the Nostromo, the commercial ship in the first “Alien” movie. The corporation would show up time and time again in the sequels. It’s all very inside baseball unless you’re a sci-fi/”Alien” fan, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Suffice it to say, by having a character name Peter Weyland be responsible for the ship that sends Prometheus into space, Scott is essentially tying “Prometheus” to his “Alien” universe.

The video was “conceived” by “Prometheus” director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Damon Lindelof, and directed by Luke Scott. Note: it is NOT a scene from the movie, but does give us an explanation (of sorts) on why the Prometheus crew is out there in space in the movie. It would appear their boss’ hubris has a lot to do with it.

“Prometheus”, starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, Logan Marshall-Green, Kate Dickie, Sean Harris, takes flight June 8, 2012.

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