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The Martian press day

  • Matt, Ridley Scott, Andy Weir, Dr Jim Green and astronaut Drew Feustel gave a Q&A about The Martian at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Tuesday after screening 49 minutes of the movie. Matt then put his handprints in cement and talked to NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly on board the International Space Station. Photos at NASA's Journey to Mars Flickr page, NASA JPL's Twitter and AP Entertainment.

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  • A new trailer for The Martian will be released on Wednesday. A preview is at The Martian's Instagram page. Entertainment Weekly's fall preview for the film is available here.

    Amazingly, Damon and Scott had never crossed paths. “Never even at a cocktail party,” Damon says. When the two finally did meet, the actor says the exchange went something like this: “Ridley said, ‘This script is great.’ I said, ‘Yeah it is.’ He goes, ‘Why the f— aren’t we doing this?’ ” Damon laughs. “That was it. I said, ‘Okay!’”

    Filming the storm that traps Watney on Mars also proved to be tricky. “They brought in so much dirt and really whacked us around with wind turbines,” Chastain says. “It’s probably the most difficult scene I’ve ever filmed. I was happy to leave Mars, but Matt was there for the long haul.” Indeed, for much of his filming, Damon had to go it alone. “It was one of the reasons why I wanted to do the movie,” he says. “I had never tried to do anything by myself in that way.” Well, not entirely by himself. “I had a ball with Ridley,” he says. “Even if I wasn’t working, I’d want to make movies with him.”

  • Updated: The new trailer has been released:

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