Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, the costars of sci-fi maestro Ridley Scott’s new masterpiece ‘Prometheus’, show their chemistry with the amazing ‘Blade Runner’ inspired editorial, for the August issue of W magazine.What’s harder to do? A death scene or a sex scene?

CT: It depends on who you’re doing the sex scene with. I don’t have issues being naked [pauses]. That sounds very slutty.
MF: Kind of. I didn’t want to say anything, but yes.
CT: What I mean is, I’m not hung up on my body, and I’ve been lucky to work with people I’ve been really comfortable with. I’ve had maybe two occasions where…
MF: It’s been uncomfortable.
CT: And Michael’s one of the two who did not make me feel very comfortable [laughter].
MF: I was a robot!
Did you base David, the robot, on anyone?

MF: At first I was thinking about the Alien films, or Blade Runner—those robots were very human. I decided to make him more robotlike but with human elements within. I looked for inspiration in David Bowie and Greg Louganis.

The Olympic diver?

MF: Yeah—for the physicality. When you read a script, certain images or names pop up, and for some reason, Greg Louganis came up. I knew I wanted to have good posture and a sort of economy of movement. It was the way Louganis walked to the edge of the diving board—I always thought it was mesmerizing.By Lynn Hirschberg
Photographs by Mario Sorrenti
Styled by Edward Enninful