Matt Damon will next be seen in the Ridley Scott film The Martian, and HipHollywood got to see a 40 minute clip of the film, and attend a Q&A session with the actor, along with Scott, NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel, Author Andy Weir, and Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters Jim Green. So what did Damon think about suiting up to play NASA astronaut Mark Watney?
“A lot of people including myself really responded to the character in the book,” Damon told a crowd of journalists at JPL Tuesday morning. “I think the humor and the way mere mortals are always captivated by the way people can do this and have some sense of calm. I think that was what was really attractive to me, how he kept his sense of humor while at the same time kept this logical, practical, solve one problem then go on to the next type of thinking, it’s incredible.”
In the film, Watney is stranded on Mars after colleagues abandon him thinking he’s died in a storm. Watney, the self-proclaimed best botanist on Mars, must stretch two months’ worth of supplies into enough for four years, when a new crew is due to arrive. With no way to contact NASA or his crew, he makes a GoPro camera his companion.
Check out the trailer here. The Martian, which also stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover hits theaters October 2.