Noomi’s not sexy

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY MOVIES -

Ra­pace (right) re­fused to look sexy for her scenes in new sci-fi epic Prometheus, and begged her make-up artist to ap­ply ex­tra blood and sweat. The ac­tress plays alien-bat­tling ar­chae­ol­o­gist Dr El­iz­a­beth Shaw in Ri­d­ley Scott’s highly-an­tic­i­pated movie, and she snubbed the chance to ap­pear at­trac­tive by lay­er­ing on fake blood. ‘‘I’m not here to be beau­ti­ful. I’m not here to be sexy,’’ she says. ‘‘Some­times you can do a sexy part, or play a woman who’s sup­posed to be beau­ti­ful, and then we can do beauty. That’s for an­other movie. But for this movie it was sweat. More sweat, then more dirt. More blood. The make-up artist said that it was un­usual for ac­tors to ask for more fake blood and sweat but I loved it.’’ And it wasn’t only her im­age which suf­fered on set – she was left in agony due to the gru­elling ac­tion scenes. Ra­pace adds: ‘‘(Ri­d­ley Scott) doesn’t want us (ac­tors) to hold back. Some­times, I was so bruised, and my body was in so much pain, but the char­ac­ter wouldn’t give up, and nei­ther would I.’’

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