Friday, March 30, 2012

Rihanna, the reluctant UFO spotter

By Robbie Graham Silver Screen Saucers

Rihanna, spotting and killing aliens in Battleship (2012)

Pop diva and star of the upcoming alien invasion movie Battleship has revealed that she used to be a UFO spotter, albeit a reluctant one. When asked by a journalist at a recent press conference if she believes in alien life, Rihanna responded:

"My dad used to make me sit outside on the steps all night long looking for UFOs flying by, and I had to do that for years."

Her comment was met with chuckles from the crowd and from her two co-stars, Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker. But her director, Peter Berg (who was sat directly to her left), asked her quickly and with a straight face: "did you see any?" He seemed slightly disappointed by her response:

"I didn't see any but I saw a falling star once and I was like, 'Yessss, Dad! Come and see, it just darted'."

Peter Berg (centre) in Fire in the Sky (1993)
Berg, of course, is fully aware of the reality of the UFO phenomenon, having co-starred in the 1993 movie, Fire in the Sky, which was based on the famous Travis Walton abduction experience of 1975. Berg and his co-stars spent time with Walton during the shoot and heard the disturbing details of his unearthly encounter straight from the horse's mouth.

In any case, judging from other alien-related comments Rihanna makes in the most recent Battleship promotional featurette, UFO occupants will surely be glad they've never stopped in to pay her a visit: "I'm all for killin' these creatures!" she declares with a smile.

Battleship hits cinemas 11 April (UK) and 18 May (US).

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