The ‘Brett Papers’: Ridley Scott’s Vision of Brett (and the Nostromo crew).


Harry Dean Stanton talks about the character backgrounds written by Ridley Scott, especially Brett’s, in this excerpt from the Officially Authorized Magazine of the Movie ALIEN.


RM: Now, this list of Brett’s character … the “Brett Papers.” Did you learn those verbatim or what?

STANTON: I just thought about them a little bit and got a general sense of the kind of a guy Ridley visualized. I didn’t dwell on it a lot. But then I didn’t need to. They were specific things, like where he came from, what his father did, what his mother did, how many missions he had flown, and details like that. I can’t remember specifically how many there were. But there were specific facts about his past, his background, and his family. Just to give him some sort of sense as a human being, and not just some sketchy part. Ridley did all that. And he actively talked with everybody. He did a tremendous amount of work that actors usually do.

Read more about the rest of the character backgrounds here:  ALIEN (1979): HARRY DEAN STANTON INTERVIEWED – Scraps from the loft


1 Comment

  1. Reblogged this on The Nostromo Files and commented:

    The irony of the phrase used in this article (“the Brett Papers”) occurred to me recently as I re-read it. As shown in the screenshot below, papers were associated with the character in the film. (Thanks to LadyManson’s Shadow of Reflection website for the image.)



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