Matt Damon Swears The Martian And Interstellar Are Not The Same Movie

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Don’t feel bad if you think Matt Damon’s new movie sounds a whole lot like the most recent Matt Damon movie. It did to the actor, too—at first. Fresh off of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi space adventure Interstellar, Damon was courted by director Ridley Scott, who had big plans for his own sci-fi space adventure.


In Interstellar, Damon was cast as a sad astronaut (sadstronaut?) stranded on a barren planet without even a volleyball for company. In Scott’s forthcoming film, The Martian, he plays yet another stranded astronaut, left to his own devices on Mars.

Sensing a bit of a pattern here? Throw Elysium into the mix and Matt Damon has spent more time in space than Chris Hadfield.

There are differences though. Only in The Martian does Damon get to utter the lines “In your face, Neil Armstrong.” and “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.” The actor, too, insists that the pair of films have very little in common:

“I went in to meet [Ridley Scott], then I signed on really quickly,” Damon told Yahoo! Movies. “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.” Huh. So that’s how Ridley Scott still gets people to be in his films.

Damon added that not only is the movie different from Nolan’s, it’s also unlike anything that’s ever been done in the history of cinema:

“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,” he explained. “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.”

At least it isn’t a remake. Plus, the film’s got a pretty stellar cast. (Pun totally intended.) Check out The Martian for yourself when it hits theatres on October 2.