One of the true highlights of Passengers is the performance given by Michael Sheen as Arthur, a robot (“android, technically”) bartender. On a big, lonely ship, Arthur’s straightforward charm is a welcome sight for sore eyes … especially if you’re awake on a long journey through space when you’re supposed to be asleep. We asked Sheen where he’d rank his character among the greatest space robots.
“Arthur would be too humble to put himself anywhere near the top,” he said.
“I think he would put Hal (2001) at the top as the all-time great space robot messer-up-of-humans.”
“I would say Ian Holm from Alien, who I think is possibly the first of the British-sounding robots in space that you don’t know is a robot, and it turns out he has a malevolent agenda. So I would have him up there as well.”