Danny McBride Says There’s No Comedy in ALIEN: COVENANT: “This Shit is Dark!”

When Danny McBride was cast in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant I figured he would provide some comic relief to the movie, but that doesn’t sound like the case at all. It was recently revealed that the actor will be playing a pilot of the Covenant ship, and he will not be providing any type of comic relief. During an interview with HitFix, McBride talked about his experience meeting with Scott for the part::

"When Ridley asked me to come in and read I didn't even know what movie it was for and he starts talking to me about it and then starts showing me these diagrams of spaceships and I'm just thinking 'Fuck, this is Alien, he's talking to me about Alien right now'. And my next thought was: Why would he be interested in me for this, am I going to just be the comic relief in this?" 

We’ve seen plenty of sci-fi and horror films that have some comic relief in them, but Alien: Covenant isn’t one of them. The actor says:

"I got the script and I’m like this shit is dark! There is no comic relief in this at all. This is a dark horror movie. And that was exciting. To be able to step into something like that and to participate in a way [that's] not relying on things I’d done before." 

That’s awesome to hear! That’s what I loved so much about the very first Alien film. It was a dark sci-fi horror film, so it’s encouraging to hear that Scott is looking to capture that nightmarish tone again. That’s something that Prometheus kind of lacked. 

The movie also stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, and Callie Hernandez. Alien: Covenant will open in theaters on August 4th, 2017. For more information on the film click here.

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