Matt Damon on sci-fi flick The Martian: 'It's a love letter to science'

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Aug 26, 2015, 12:39 PM EDT (Updated)

The trailers look promising, and Ridley Scott’s The Martian has potential to be one of the best sci-fi flicks of the year. Not surprisingly, star Matt Damon promises they’re taking the “science” part of “science fiction” very seriously.

In a video chat with IGN, Damon indicated they’ll be drawing heavily from Andy Weir’s novel of the same name, which itself leaned heavily on real science to build its narrative. Interestingly, Damon also touched on how they tried to keep this future-set story as grounded as possible, by using existing (or almost-existing) science to tackle the real-world problems.

Check out an excerpt from the interview below:

“Any great science fiction movie is really, the ones we all remember, are the ones where you’re really invested in the characters. And this is a story that takes place just a few years in the future, supposed to be the very, very, very near future. From the time I read the book, it’s a great character. A really smart guy, but really funny guy who just finds himself in this predicament… This is a love letter to science .. that’s certainly what the book was, what the book is, and I agree with you — that’s a good thing to put out right now.”

Audiences have almost gotten spoiled with smart science fiction the past few years, with critical and commercial hits like Gravity and Interstellar, and we’re hopeful The Martian will follow along that same track.

Check out the full video interview below, which includes a fairly hilarious Ridley Scott impersonation:

The Martian opens Oct. 2.

(Via IGN)

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