Nolan Talks That “Interstellar” Big Surprise

Now that we’re a few weeks removed from Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic “Interstellar,” the filmmaker has begun to touch upon some spoilers regarding the movie’s various secrets.


In an interview with The Daily Beast this week, Nolan went into detail about one of the film’s big surprises – Matt Damon’s role as the earlier expedition leader Dr. Mann. Mann follows a quite familiar to the point of being a cliche role – the coward whose desperate need to justify his self-survival threatens everyone’s existence. Nolan admits the part is pretty much as it seems:

“It’s very straightforward: selfishness and cowardice. It’s very human, and I love what Matt did with that; he found the reality of it. It’s the kind of sequence where you loathe the guy because he’s doing something that you feel you might wind up doing in a similar situation. It’s very logical, but the rationalization of it is extraordinary – the way he was able to rationalize his own cowardice into a positive thing. Loneliness and desperation will make us do crazy things.

[Mann is] not exactly crazy. It’s weirdly logical, but appallingly selfish. The only outcome to the mission for him was [a colony]. I think, and it’s something we talked a lot about – and it’s something he says in the film – that there was no doubt in his mind that his was going to be the planet, his was going to be the mission. So whatever the risks, he felt very confident. And when he’s confronted by the bleak reality of just dying out there alone, it all starts to unravel.”

On the other hand, Nolan will not talk about the film’s ending and essentially everything that happens after Matthew McConaughey drops into the black hole and ends up in the future-sent tesseract:

“No way, man! You’re just going to have to go back and see it again. It’s there for you to make what you make of it. People do always have radically different interpretations of things I put in there, but I know what I think and I don’t like it to have any more validity than the experience you have watching it.”