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ALIEN: COVENANT (2017): Michael Fassbender Discusses His Role

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Michael Fassbender Talks About Acting In Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant star Michael Fassbender opens up about playing the android Walter in the upcoming Prometheus sequel.

Previously, Fassbender portrayed another robot, the scheming David, in the Alien franchise, and he will also reprise the role for the latest installment of the series. Asked about how Walter will differ from David during an interview with, the X-Men: Days of Future Past star indicated that the former is less sinister than his predecessor:

“I think Walter’s a real different kettle of fish,” Fassbender told us. “David was definitely a work-in-progress, somewhat of a prototype I suppose. The elements of him that were the human elements I think people found a little disturbing, so Walter’s more of a straightforward robot. Pretty logical, much more of a servant without the ego.”

It sounds like Walter has more in common with a helpful robot like Bishop from Aliens as opposed to Ian Holm’s “twitchy” Ash in Scott’s original Alien. The logical aspect might also give him a kind of Spock-like demeanor, but we’ll have to wait and see if some other fundamental flaw will show itself in Walter.

Michael Fassbender stars in the film along with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Jussie Smolett (Empire), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), and Billy Crudup (Watchmen).

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