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‘Interstellar’: Behind the Scenes with Christopher Nolan

'Interstellar': Behind the Scenes with Christopher Nolan

Interstellar” centers on a quartet of astronauts who journey across the universe in search of a new home for the human race. Nolan throws in astrophysics, wormholes, references to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” homage to Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff,” plus a metamorphic robot called TARS. Sounds heady, right?

Well Anne Hathaway, one of the film’s many stars, agrees. “Isn’t it nice to have a movie that is about all things the movie is about and not feel druggy?” she tells EW in the latest issue, which hits newsstands October 17. Speaking of her director, she also adds: “…in this film, I feel his technical prowess and his humanity are presented in the most balanced way.”

Leading mad Matthew McConaughey tells EW: “Nobody is able to put more scope, scale, awe on screen than Chris. But I think he was wanting to take the next step, toward something more intimate.” Nolan shot the film in both IMAX and 35mm. There is, reportedly, over an hour of IMAX footage. (Anne Thompson caught early mindblowing footage at Comic-Con. Here’s that report.)

Here’s what Nolan himself had to say about his explosively ambitious three-hour dream movie: “This is the first film I have made where the actual experience of the film is paramount to the audience. You would think that’s the case with Batman movies but it’s not; they’re more dependent on the reaction of characters on screen.” 

He goes on to say that “‘Interstellar’ is different. It harkens back to the direct experience films of ‘2001,’ where you’re not just experiencing it through the characters, you are lost in it.”

Whether shooting in Iceland or Canada, Nolan tends to run a tight ship, according to Entertainment Weekly, and on very large-scale sets with only a couple of takes tops. In Alberta, he had production designer Nathan Crowley plant 500 acres of corn just to film them burn in a “manufactured apocalypse.” Jessica Chastain says: “You have this feeling of ‘I don’t want to be the one who lets Christopher Nolan down.'”

Vulture also has 15 highlights from the EW writeup here.

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