Matt Damon Puts an End to Erroneous “‘The Martian’ is the Same as ‘Interstellar'” Comments

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The Martian vs. Interstellar
Matt Damon in The Martian
Photo: 20th Century Fox

I was looking for a new book to read last night and the Kindle edition of Andy Weir‘s “The Martian” is only $5.99, but then I thought to myself as much as I’d like to give the book a read I’m not sure I want to spoil seeing it play out on the big screen. So, I decided I’d finally give Erik Larson‘s “The Devil in the White City” a turn since I’ve been meaning to for years.

As far as Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, all I know is what the synopsis tells me, which is Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars and NASA and his crew are attempting to rescue him. However, from what I understand, the first trailer offers up some spoilers and has also caused many to compare Damon’s role to the one he played in Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar sight unseen. Well, Damon had a chat with Yahoo UK to put an end to that.

[amz asin=”B00EMXBDMA” size=”small”]”I’d never met Ridley, not even in passing,” Damon said. “I went in to meet him, then I signed on really quickly. I went in and I said, I really love this script, but my only hesitation is I’ve just done Interstellar, in which I played a dude stranded on a planet, it might be weird if, after taking a year and a half off, I played another dude stranded on a planet. I explained Interstellar to him, and he said ‘The movies are totally fucking different, this is going to be fucking fun. Let’s do this!’ He was so infectious, I couldn’t really say no to him.”

Damon then went on to say a bit more, none of which sounds like a spoiler, but does hint at a “mystery”, which I can only assume is what is partially spoiled in the film’s first trailer.

“One of the biggest differences is it’s primarily me on my own for a lot of it,” he said. “That’s the big challenge. It has all the bells and whistles of NASA and the b-side of the story, the rest of the world trying to get this guy back. But the other half of the movie is me and Ridley on Mars, so that part’s different. You start there, there’s that mystery – what happened, how did he get left there? The mission part is the b-side, trying to figure out how to get back. So, structurally it’s different to anyone that’s ever been done.”

If you don’t care about spoilers I’ve included the previously released trailer below. Fox recently bumped the film’s release date up from November to Oct. 2.

All this does make you wonder, though, just how many “The Martian vs. Interstellar” video mashups will find their way online in 2016 and be the source of oh so many blog posts? Over/under on 10?