Thrills, humor help lure Damon back into space for ‘The Martian’

13 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Don’t call The Martian star Donald Glover if you get lost in space.

Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain have starred in two of the biggest science-fiction films of the last year, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Ridley Scott’s forthcoming The Martian. “Each time I get to do a few more scenes with Jessica.”It kind of feels like we never left,” he told THR of shooting the next ‘Bourne’ installment with ‘Bourne Ultimatum’ director Paul Greengrass after nine years. “Hopefully we’re not too rusty.” Though celebrating the world premiere of The Martian at the Toronto Film Festival, Matt Damon is a week into production on the next installment of the Bourne franchise. “I shot last night and flew here, but it’s going great so far,” he told The Hollywood Reporter before the Martian’s debut.Jessica Chastain and Damon costar in the upcoming film The Martian, marking their second intergalactic-themed movie together, after working on 2014’s Interstellar.

Matt Damon stars in The Martian, but Ridley Scott’s new film is loaded with one of the year’s biggest casts: Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Donald Glover, and more support Damon in the new movie.First, I am generally contemptuous (or at least wary) of celebrity and everything it connotes, and really don’t care if I am, technically, standing in the same room as George Clooney or Susan Sarandon or Pete Postlethwaite or whoever. Second, as a working journalist, parties have previously served a purely utilitarian function, providing free food and booze that I can suck back, hunched over a tiny cocktail napkin, wearing a knapsack like a cartoon turtle.

As Whatney uses his smarts to survive, his crew and the earthbound NASA scientists devise ways to bring him home. “When I met the screenwriter, Drew Goddard, he said he wanted the movie to be a love-letter to science,” Damon said. “I think that it is. Maybe down the line?” he explained. “But I’d have to see Black Mass too — it’s getting great reviews, and if it’s kind of a seminal Whitey Bulger story, there’s no reason to tell that story twice.” However, Damon added, “The idea that Ben and I have for making this gangster movie that we were talking about could apply to someone who wasn’t Whitey Bulger too.” Watch the video above for more on Glover’s role as the “science geek” of the film and why you shouldn’t call him for help if you’re lost in space. The on-camera people are dolled up to the nines, while the folks who write for print and online media tend to be dressed like they just rolled out of the nearest pub.

But in the spirit of experiencing new things, pushing myself outside my comfort zone, wearing pants that aren’t stained with mustard, etc., I accepted an invitation to the cocktail party celebrating the premiere of Ridley Scott’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon as a NASA botanist accidentally left behind on the Red Planet. The movie itself is a fairly hollow crowd-pleaser, workshopped to feel massively appealing — funny enough, tense enough, propelled by Drew Goddard’s glib, Sorkin-lite dialogue. Is it as good as Brian De Palma’s Mission to Mars, in which Tim Robbins and Connie Nielsen’s slow dance in Zero Gs to Van Halen’s Dance the Night Away? According to the rules of the dystopian society in which he lives, adults who are without a partner must find one in 45 days or be transformed into animals and sent into the wild.

What I really wanted to ask her, before she launched into the romantic themes of the story, was what she thought the single people of the world might think of this film. Couldn’t the story be perceived as a metaphor for finding true love in mid life, a time where many people feel they’re forced to choose between settling or being alone forever?

And there was even a mashed potato bar, which is sort of like an omelette bar, except it’s just guys in chef’s whites slinging stuff into whipped starch. In case you’re wondering what the F a dystopian universe is, it’s Greek terminology for an imaginary community or society that is undesirable or frightening. Like many of the media on the carpet (the women among us anyway), I wondered if Colin Farrell, who stars alongside Weisz in the film, might make a surprise appearance despite not being listed as a confirmed guest.

Still, it was fun, in a way, marvelling at the modest decadence and nudging my friend every time I saw an ostensibly famous person and proclaiming, “Look!

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