Prometheus: What David Said to the Engineer
SPOILER WARNING FOR PROMETHEUS.
The interaction between David (Michael Fassbender) and the Engineer in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has been revealed, The Bioscopist reports. The language consultant for the film, Dr. Anil Biltoo – who can be seen in the film as the professor in the linguistics video David watches, learning about PIE (Proto-Indo-European) linguistics, while the crew are in stasis – of the School of Oriental and African Studies Language Centre in London, revealed the truth behind the intriguing sequence:
The line that David speaks to the Engineer (which is from a longer sequence that didn’t make the final edit) is as follows:
/ida hmanəm aɪ kja namṛtuh zdɛ:taha/…/ghʷɪvah-pjorn-ɪttham sas da:tṛ kredah/
A serviceable translation into English is:
‘This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life’.
This indicates clearly that David was always loyal to Peter Weyland, and did as he was instructed.
This fuels the fan-speculation fire further; as yet another of the film’s more ambiguous scenes is verified and contradicts previous theories that David insulted the Engineer, causing the Engineer to attack. But Dr. Biltoo revealed that there is more to this scene that we will see in the director’s cut, including a response from the Engineer:
We’re all going to have to wait for the Director’s cut to see if the conversation between the Engineer and David – and there was indeed originally a conversation, not merely an utterance from David – yields any fruit.
There’s still time left to theorize!
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News source – The Bioscopist