With ideas like cryogenic sleep and warp speed, the movies have a tendency to make space travel look easy. Not Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” an enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story in which Matt Damon plays a NASA botanist stranded on the Red Planet after a sandstorm forces his crewmates to abort mission. Like Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Damon’s “right stuff” hero has to get by on his own wits and “science the sh–” out of his predicament. It won’t be easy, but it is possible — and that’s the exhilarating thrill of both Andy Weir’s speculative-fiction novel and screenwriter Drew Goddard’s “science fact” adaptation. Considering that the United States hasn’t launched a manned space mission since 2011, “The Martian” should do far more than just make Fox a ton of money; it could conceivably rekindle interest in the space program and inspire a new generation of future astronauts.
Though Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon are both featured in The Martian and Interstellar, the actress laughed that she has yet to thoroughly work with him.
"The difficult thing for some reason for me working with Matt Damon is that I don't get very much screen time with Matt!" she told The Hollywood Reporter, ahead of the film's world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. "I've always wanted to work with him because for me, he really is that strange connection of being a movie star and also being a chameleon actor, someone who really transforms into his role. He's a real, real actor, but he's also one of the biggest movie stars in the world!"
Another Hollywood example of that rare crossover is Jennifer Lawrence, says Chastain: "Every once in a while, someone does both."