What did David say to the Engineer in Prometheus?


There has been a lot of debate and discussion about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (just check out the comments on my theory of the film)

Spoilers ahead if you have not seen the film.

One of the best parts of the film was Michael Fassbender as the android David. He seemed to know a lot more than he let on and also learnt how to speak and read the Engineer’s language during the journey to LV-223.

Near the end he finally faces a living Engineer with Guy Pearce’s elderly Peter Weyland. David talks to the Engineer who then proceeds to rip off David’s head and kill the humans with it.

The question is what did David say to piss off the Engineer? There were originally going to be subtitles, but Ridley Scott decided against it.

Dr. Anil Biltoo of the SOAS Language Centre in London worked on the film as Linguist Teacher (he also featured in the film as the Professor in the hologram David is watching) . During an interview with The Bioscopist Dr Biltoo explained what was said.

David says: ida hmanəm aɪ kja namṛtuh zdℇ:taha … ghʷɪvah-pjorn-ɪttham sas da:tṛ kredah

Translation: “This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.”

Not as manipulative as I thought. Basically what Weyland wanted him to say.

It turns out that the scene was much longer with David having a full conversation with the Engineer. Hopefully that scene will be part of the 30 minutes of deleted scenes that Scott said would appear on the Blu-ray.

What are your thoughts on what David said? Does it make it better or worse?

Source: Ropes of Silicon