Last year came Chris Nolan’s “Interstellar,” a movie which featured Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded for years alone on a cold and desolate planet, and also boasted Jessica Chastain in a supporting role. Later this year comes Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” a movie which features Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded alone on a cold and desolate planet, and also boasts Jessica Chastain in a supporting role
Therefore you can understand people’s initial and skeptical reaction upon hearing about “The Martian,” even though the premise and tone of the movie is much more rough and ready action-adventure as opposed to more philosophical and sentimental science fiction. The concerns were something that Damon himself initially had before signing onto the movie, and Damon tells Yahoo that the film’s director, Scott was the one who ultimately persuaded him:
“I went in to meet [Ridley Scott], then I signed on really quickly. I went in and I said, I really love this script, but my only hesitation is I’ve just done ‘Interstellar’, in which I played a dude stranded on a planet, it might be weird if, after taking a year and a half off, I played another dude stranded on a planet. I explained ‘Interstellar’ to him, and he said ‘The movies are totally f—ing different, this is going to be f—ing fun. Let’s do this!’ He was so infectious, I couldn’t really say no to him.”
Damon also says that the film, based on the book by Andy Weir and penned by Drew Goddard, is unlike any previous Mars adventure movie:
“One of the biggest differences is it’s primarily me on my own for a lot of it. That’s the big challenge. It has all the bells and whistles of NASA and the b-side of the story, the rest of the world trying to get this guy back. But the other half of the movie is me and Ridley on Mars, so that part’s different. You start there, there’s that mystery-what happened, how did he get left there? The mission part is the b-side, trying to figure out how to get back. So, structurally it’s different to [anything] that’s ever been done.”
“The Martian” is currently slated to open on October 2nd.