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Matthew McConaughey on Interstellar: Christopher Nolan's most ambitious film

02.19.2014

In a recent interview with Variety, Matthew McConaughey was asked about Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR. Not much is known about the new movie except it'll be dealing with a group of explorers using a wormhole, and based on the first trailer, Matthew McConaughey is going to cry a little at some point.

Since this is a Christopher Nolan flick though, McConaughey couldn't reveal plot details on the upcoming film. But he does say it will be the most ambitious thing Nolan has ever done.

"Here’s what I can tell you. It’s the most ambitious thing he’s ever done. And he’s done some ambitious stuff."

Matthew McConaughey also talked about how his movie MUD helped him land the role, and his meeting with Christopher Nolan for INTERSTELLAR,

"He came up to me and said, ‘“Mud.” I love that movie.’ [Later] I sat down with him for about 2½ hours at his house. Not one word came up about “Interstellar.” I walked out not sure what to think. I mean, he’s not a guy who takes general meetings."

McConaughey goes on to say Nolan doesn't mess around when he's working on a movie, and shooting finished early for INTERSTELLAR, which is almost always a good sign in my opinion.

"There’s no f***ing around on set. He’s a great problem solver. In that way, he’s very indie. Here’s a guy who could have whatever budget he wants — and we finished shooting early."

I'm glad I don't know a damn thing about INTERSTELLAR. Too many times it feels like we've already seen the entire movie in the trailer, or unavoidable spoilers are released. My only concern though is expectations are going to be way too high for Christopher Nolan's new flick. Although I really enjoyed INCEPTION, I know some people were expecting more from the film, and I think part of the reason was because of the huge amount of hype surrounding it before it was released.

But with an amazing cast, what are sure to be fantastic visuals, and an interesting story, INTERSTELLAR should be one hell of a movie.

INTERSTELLAR also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin and Matt Damon, and will open on November 7th, 2014.

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Source: Variety

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9:43AM on 02/20/2014
When a director and cast keep so tight lipped about the plot and even the type of characters they are playing then HYPE is the natural result. I think Nolan's extreme secrecy is ultimately a good thing for audiences, but the unrealistic expectations it creates is something Nolan's films will always face.
When a director and cast keep so tight lipped about the plot and even the type of characters they are playing then HYPE is the natural result. I think Nolan's extreme secrecy is ultimately a good thing for audiences, but the unrealistic expectations it creates is something Nolan's films will always face.
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11:25AM on 02/20/2014
If you replaced the word "Nolan" with "JJ Abrams", you'd be 100% right. Abrams is obsessed with secrecy just for the sake of secrecy, and that's all the hype ever comes from. His movies usually revolve around the idea of a plot twist, whether it's needed or not, because that's his gimmick. Nolan, on the other hand, genuinely cares about spoilers and leaks and actively seeks to avoid them. Sure, that inevitably leads to hype building up, but most of the hype comes from Nolan's track record:
If you replaced the word "Nolan" with "JJ Abrams", you'd be 100% right. Abrams is obsessed with secrecy just for the sake of secrecy, and that's all the hype ever comes from. His movies usually revolve around the idea of a plot twist, whether it's needed or not, because that's his gimmick. Nolan, on the other hand, genuinely cares about spoilers and leaks and actively seeks to avoid them. Sure, that inevitably leads to hype building up, but most of the hype comes from Nolan's track record: "He's made incredible movies in the past, so surely this next one will be even better." So the difference is, I guess, Abrams' hype comes from secrecy and nothing more, and Nolan's hype actually has substance to it.
9:14AM on 02/20/2014
Nolan is a fascinating filmmaker that is very precise and takes great care/love for the craft of his films. When I worked on The Dark Knight, in Chicago, it's very hypnotic the way he runs his set. He has this very cool demeanor and never reveals if he's aggravated or stressed. He makes sure that his script is followed as much as possible and cares about everyone on the set. I remember when a Production Assistant was punched by another, very immature PA. Nolan got on the Radio and personally
Nolan is a fascinating filmmaker that is very precise and takes great care/love for the craft of his films. When I worked on The Dark Knight, in Chicago, it's very hypnotic the way he runs his set. He has this very cool demeanor and never reveals if he's aggravated or stressed. He makes sure that his script is followed as much as possible and cares about everyone on the set. I remember when a Production Assistant was punched by another, very immature PA. Nolan got on the Radio and personally asked if the PA was okay. What Hollywood director gives a shit about a PA? That shows Nolan's class as a person. Another story is the scene when Joker (Heath Ledger) was hanging out the window of a car, embracing the wind. Heath really wanted this shot, it was so early in the morning, and we all had a long 12-hour day. Nolan got on the radio and apologized to the crew. Amazing person and a great filmmaker.
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5:55AM on 02/20/2014

inception

Gets funnier with each viewing!
Gets funnier with each viewing!
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12:41AM on 02/20/2014

Funny that you mention Inception...

...I just re-watched that for the 1st time in years two nights ago, and it was utterly brilliant. It was even better than I remembered. I'm not sure I know many people who expected more from that movie, despite the hype. In my circles, everyone would say that movie delivered. Which is pretty incredible, as you said, given the expectations and hype. So all that said...Interstellar is going to be even MORE ambitious?? Bring it on.
...I just re-watched that for the 1st time in years two nights ago, and it was utterly brilliant. It was even better than I remembered. I'm not sure I know many people who expected more from that movie, despite the hype. In my circles, everyone would say that movie delivered. Which is pretty incredible, as you said, given the expectations and hype. So all that said...Interstellar is going to be even MORE ambitious?? Bring it on.
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12:27AM on 02/20/2014
Is it too soon to preorder a blu-ray that wont be released till sometime in 2015?
Is it too soon to preorder a blu-ray that wont be released till sometime in 2015?
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12:09AM on 02/20/2014
Nolan's approach to filmmaking is pretty fascinating. I remember watching the special features for Batman Begins, and it seems the whole movie was workshopped in his garage where Nathan Crowley would build models of the sets and vehicles while Goyer and Nolan would be working on the script, and they would meet the Warner Bros. executives in that garage. I think retaining a little of that film school approach even while making massive blockbusters has been very beneficial to him.
Nolan's approach to filmmaking is pretty fascinating. I remember watching the special features for Batman Begins, and it seems the whole movie was workshopped in his garage where Nathan Crowley would build models of the sets and vehicles while Goyer and Nolan would be working on the script, and they would meet the Warner Bros. executives in that garage. I think retaining a little of that film school approach even while making massive blockbusters has been very beneficial to him.
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11:45PM on 02/19/2014
Screw redbox, looks like my cheap ass is going to the movie theater this year.
Screw redbox, looks like my cheap ass is going to the movie theater this year.
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11:20PM on 02/19/2014
Can't say that I have a favorite Nolan film. IMO the guy only has The Dark Knight Rises as a film that's anything less than spectacular (and I even enjoyed that). 2 years ago, McConaughey was right at the top of my list of least favorite actors. What a turnaround. Dude is straight killing it these days. Like, in everything. I have high expectations for this film, and not worrying even a little that I will be let down. You all know who we trust....
Can't say that I have a favorite Nolan film. IMO the guy only has The Dark Knight Rises as a film that's anything less than spectacular (and I even enjoyed that). 2 years ago, McConaughey was right at the top of my list of least favorite actors. What a turnaround. Dude is straight killing it these days. Like, in everything. I have high expectations for this film, and not worrying even a little that I will be let down. You all know who we trust....
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10:47PM on 02/19/2014
The Prestige is my personal favorite of Nolans but all his films are great. The bit about being his most ambitious work to date will hopefully translate to another home run.
The Prestige is my personal favorite of Nolans but all his films are great. The bit about being his most ambitious work to date will hopefully translate to another home run.
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10:17PM on 02/19/2014
Very excited for this, but I still think Memento is his best film with Inception coming in second. Really wish he would work with Guy Pearce again.
Very excited for this, but I still think Memento is his best film with Inception coming in second. Really wish he would work with Guy Pearce again.
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