Originally Posted by bcruiser
If you are just talking about the face, then yeah. But as far as the overall stature goes, Sigourney Weaver is 5'-11" tall and has the look that fits the job title she had as Ripley. Noomi Rapace is 5'-4 1/2" tall and compact (but toned). There's definitely alpha vs. beta look there.
I don't see much of a difference between the two - in this particular role. They are both good actresses and, facially, have more average "Librarian" features. Both were toned but Sigourney's extra height does not account for much as it was her courage and gumption that stood out in Aliens when she interacted with the "macho" soldiers and her height means nothing compared to the Alien. Noomi's lack of height is insignificant compared to the Engineers and Aliens. Key to the role is you have to be able to bring it - believably - when the crap hits the fan.
The sense I got from Spaihts script was Shaw/Watts was written as a not in your face personality - but an etheral, intellectual beauty. (I know those all don't seem to go together.
) With the loss of Holloway she nuts up considerably to go, alone, back to the labrinth of the Pyramid knowing there are "things" there. She needed to know what happened to Holloway. I wish they would have put this in the movie as it would have added some major horror elements to the movie and character development for Shaw/Watts.
In the Spaihts abortion scene it describes the efforts to heal her and some time passes in this process and her subsequent loss of consciousness, adding much needed believability. Also, the Alien has time to consume a body, right outside the pod, and grow from this. Shaw/Watts shows her gumption to retrieve the dead soldiers gun just in time to kill the Alien she birthed and now the warrior Shaw/Watts is starting to emerge. Not just a smart, pretty academic any more but one who tells Janek "I brought it in, I took it out" while brandishing her rifle. This is a gal that means to kick butt.
Even though it was not shown as convincingly in the movie, the diminutive Noomi showed a similar resolve and growth - imo.