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Alien actress voices Disney robot
WALL·E is Disney Pixar's latest computer animated film. It's about a robot who's designed to clean up a polluted Planet Earth. Hollywood actress Sigourney Weaver, star of films like Alien, Ghostbusters and Gorillas In The Mist, voices a spaceship's computer. She tells Newsbeat about the film.

Sigourney Weaver

Do you think kids will understand this film, because there's no speech for the first half an hour?

I guess there is no speech but in fact the robots are always communicating with each other with sounds. I didn't notice there was no actual dialogue. I was totally satisfied and knew exactly what was going on because Ben Burtt (the film's sound designer who voices WALL·E) has done such a wonderful job and this story is so touching, you are just in it all the time.

You're voicing the ship's computer. Did you draw on your previous experience in Futurama for this?

That was really a highlight in my voice career, playing the ship that fell in love with the evil robot. And unfortunately the ship's computer in this story doesn't have a romantic life, yet. But it was a good preparation for the ship's computer because in this world robots and other electronic entities have souls and characters and hearts etcetera. So it wasn't just saying 10-nine-eight-seven-six-five-four-three-two-one. There was slightly more to it than that. I'm the voice of the company that's gotten us into this terrible situation and I also get to answer the captain's questions about Earth, about which I know nothing. But anyway we find out together and it was very satisfying to do it actually.

Clearly you were picked for the role as well because of your connections with Alien. Does being tied to Ripley bug you?

No, it doesn't bother me. I don't care how I get into a Pixar movie. I'm just glad to be in one because I'm a huge fan. It's interesting because the computer in Alien was such a bad computer and on the side of the company and something I had to destroy and really had a kind of disembodied, a mechanical voice. So in fact, they make space a little bit warmer in this than we ever did in our movies.

Looking back over your film career so far, was there one particular film that you've had the most fun making?

The most fun making... I think probably it would be Ghostbusters or Galaxy Quest. We had a lot of fun doing those. I love the conceit of Galaxy Quest, having done so much science fiction, to finally play someone much closer to myself, someone who doesn't know how to do anything except pretend to push the buttons, that was satisfying. And it's sort of a love letter to the fans as well for being so geekily obsessed with science fiction.

Why were those two films such good fun to make?

I think we had such a great cast. The guys in the Ghostbusters, they're all from The Second City, which is our comic training ground [in Chicago]. They're all so generous and it's all about making the other people come over. So it was just a really satisfying experience.

If you could leave Ripley behind, would you much rather be known for a character in another movie?

Everyone comes up to me with a very different impression of what my main movie is. For some people it's Alien, for some people it's Gorillas [In The Mist], for some people it's Snow Cake. It really depends on who I'm talking to. I've just been really lucky because the Alien movies I got to jump around a lot.

If you had to choose, would you pick Alien or Aliens?

Oh, don't make me choose. That's like Solomon. I wouldn't be able to choose because they're such different experiences, making them and for the audience. I just finished working with James Cameron on Avatar (3D science fiction film out next year) and it was great to work with him again. And I would love to work with Ridley Scott again. I've worked with them both twice now.

On Avatar, have you seen any of the finished article yet?

I haven't seen the finished, finished article but I've seen quite a bit of it and I do think the audience is in for a real adventure and a real treat. They've never seen anything like this.

Is it really going to be as remarkable as we're expecting?

I think it will be. I think it's one of the most ambitious things I've even heard about. I think that they won't want to leave the theatre.

Sigourney Weaver was talking to Newsbeat entertainment reporter, Natalie Jamieson.

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