In the movie Alien, Ash
turns out to be an android. At one point, he freaks out, rolls up a magazine, and stuffs it into Ripley's mouth.
What in the world was he trying to do?
Ash is trying to kill Ripley, but the way he's doing it suggests some sort of sexual overtone that is seen in the movie Alien.
The movie Alien has a lot of sexual overtones.
I thought he was trying to only knock her unconscious, as he still wants her body for er.. transport purposes. If he forced her to breath through a very small tube, like one formed by a magazine, he could knock her unconscious while keeping her alive on the minimal oxygen that she could breath through the small tube. The answers about killing her don't make sense to me. Didn't Ash still want to transport the Alien via Ripley at that point? Killing her would make that impossible.
According to the film's director, Ash had deep-seated sexual urges toward Ripley but lacked physical capacity to do anything about it. When the situation required him to physically attack her he seized on this as an opportunity to use the porn magazine as a substitute penis.
Ridley talked to Ian Holm about his character "How do you feel about sexual drive?". He said "Great".
Ridley continued "rather than just beating her up, isn't it more interesting that he actually has always wanted to, and here's his opportunity but he doesn't have that part, and therefore it's a magazine"
The Ridley later told Sigourney, "come downstairs, it's gonna be great. Ash is gonna pick up this sex magazine and he's gonna stick it up your hooter"
Sigourney didn't know what hooter meant and even later thought it might be Cockney slang. She thought "My hooter?"
When she got down stairs and they did the scene, she realised that actually it was up her mouth.
Alien: The unravelling of Ash (referencing "The Making of Alien")
He did that because he was not actually programmed to kill humans directly due to his behaviourial inhibitors but became confused as a result of his new 'orders' -or re-programming' if you will. After Ripley becomes a direct threat since she found the true nature of the company's intentions, Ash goes after her but not really understandting exactly how to dispatch her. Upon seeing the magazine he quickly concluded he could suffocate her with it.