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Christopher Nolan Says ‘Interstellar’ Is About “What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics

Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics

“I do not think Chris[topher Nolan] could have or would have made this film 12 years ago when we didn’t have kids,” the director’s wife and producing partner Emma Thomas tells Entertainment Weekly. “Whenever I read that Chris’ films are ‘unemotional,’ I don’t agree, but I do find this one to be more emotional.” 

While “Interstellar” is likely proffering apocalyptic themes about humanity, Jessica Chastain says she unlocked the film’s mystery via an unlikely source. “One day, I noticed this girl. She was really shy and sweet. I went up to her, and she told me her name. And she was Chris’ daughter,” Chastain recalled. “All of the clues fell into place. You had to be a little bit of a detective, and when I figured it out, I was incredibly moved: ‘Interstellar’ is a letter to his daughter.”

And while Nolan won’t come right out and say it, he suggests that in rewriting Jonah Nolan‘s script, among the many changes he made was switching Matthew McConaughey‘s character’s child in the film from a boy to a girl. “For me, the whole movie is about what it means to be a dad,” Nolan said.

And composer Hans Zimmer —who was commissioned to write music for the movie before Nolan even started writing— remembers a key passage in a letter he received from the director: “Once we become parents, we can’t help but look at ourselves through the eyes of our children.”

So it would seem that just when we think we might have “Interstellar” figured out, there’s more to discover. Find out on November 7th. New pics below via EW along with another TV spot.

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