Art Director Roger Christian used scrap metal and parts to create set pieces and props to save money, a technique he employed while working on Star Wars. Ash taunts them about their chances against the "perfect organism", ending with a ghoulish smirk. Inside, they find the remains of a giant extraterrestrial navigator frozen in its chair. Tom Skerritt, the captain, was 46, Hurt was 39 but looked older, Holm was 48, Harry Dean Stanton was 53, Yaphet Kotto was 42, and only Veronica Cartwright at 30 and Weaver at 29 were in the age range of the usual thriller cast. The Nostromo was pushed away from the refinery by a forklift covered in black velvet, causing the arm to extend out from the refinery. A Space Odyssey and Star Wars. However, after the success of Star Wars in the studio's interest in the genre rose substantially. It later detaches on its own and is found dead. Ripley cuts off his power and as they leave, Parker incinerates him. Irritated by the spray, the creature tumbles into the open, revealing itself for the first time. Ripley deciphers part of the transmission, determining it's a warning. But Parker intervenes and clubs Ash, knocking his head loose and revealing him to be an android. These included models of the Nostromo, its attached mineral refinery, the escape shuttle Narcissus, the alien planetoid, and the exterior and interior of the derelict spacecraft. Her trying to get the hell out of there, we're all rooting for her to get out of there, and for her to slow up and have a conversation with Dallas was not appropriate. The final name of the ship was derived from the title of Joseph Conrad 's novel Nostromo , while the escape shuttle, called Narcissus in the script, was named after Conrad's novella The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'. Scott added smoke and wind effects to enhance the illusion.