Gilliam got so upset, the film was shut down for nearly two weeks. "I've never been in a situation like that," Damon recalls. "Terry was spitting rage at the system, at the Weinsteins. You can't try and impose big compromises on a visionary director like him. If you try to force him to do what you want creatively, he'll go nuclear." Now, with the release date fast approaching, the combatants have calmed down. "However difficult and painful it's been," Gilliam says, "everybody seems to like the film."
Damon pursued Gilliam for years before landing a part in Grimm. "I grew up loving Time Bandits, the way that movie created this weird but totally convincing world," the actor says. "When I first saw his intricate sets for Grimm's haunted forest, I felt like that kid in Time Bandits stepping into his incredible fantasy land."
The movie’s dialogue will be taken directly from the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, with additional quotes from the astronauts voiced over ("Ken Burns style", Cowen explained) by a number of actors, including Gary Sinise, Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, and Paul Newman.