Ridley Scott Talks ‘The Martian’

Ridley Scott Talks ‘The Martian’

On Sunday, The Martian was showcased at New York Film Festival and Ridley Scott plus members of the cast such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis were all in attendance.

The Martian is a film based on a 2011 novel of the same name by Andy Weir which tells the story of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars after his fellow astronauts leave the Red Planet, presuming him dead. The plot is then a race against time as NASA attempts to rescue the stranded botanist before his resources run out.

Ridley Scott, who was first choice to direct the film, has called the film “a love letter to science”.

Speaking to Variety Scott said:

“When I decide which film to get involved with, it always has to do with the script. It’s all about the material. I got the script that Drew [Goddard] had written, and that was it. The hardest thing is getting the story on paper. Once you get it on paper, making a movie is easy for me. I’m so practiced at it. Coming up with the story is hardest part in film making. I just read all about the material, and it’s up to me not to screw up the story.”

Meanwhile, Sebastian Stan had this to say about the film’s realistic approach:

“The set was like a giant toy. The spaceship and the rovers were all created by the set designers manually, and even the storm sequence was real.” Said Stan who plays an astronaut. “We had guys who tied ropes around us to pull us back, while these ginormous fans [were] going off, causing debris to fly at us. No stunt doubles were used. The noise was so loud from what was throwing at our faces, that we could barely hear each other, so we were screaming. The screaming you hear was for real!”

The Martian is receiving widespread acclaim from critics and general audiences alike and will be released worldwide on September 30th, 2015.

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