由著名英国导演Ridley Scott（《银翼杀手》、《异形》、《黑鹰坠落》）执导，好莱坞一线男星Matt Damon（《谍影重重》）担纲的科幻大作《The Martian》（中译名《火星救援》，又译《火星人》）正在美国热映，并获得媒体及观众一致盛赞。该片已确定将引进国内。本文选自Popsugar.com对Matt Damon的访谈视频，英文内容由Will听译。附带的原声音频适合大家进行美语的听力练习。建议先听几遍音频，再阅读英文访谈内容。中文翻译及注释将在下次微信推送时给出，so be sure to check back for the Chinese translation, enjoy! 🙂
So we’re here in mission control. NASA’s mission control at JPL, which is pretty surreal.
Yeah, it’s like both of our first moments here in mission control actually.
It’s very cool. well Let’s talk about this movie for a minute, because obviously you can’t learn enough to become an astronaut in the time it takes to prepare for a film.
Well… I did. I worked really hard.
Oh, you did? congratulations! really impressive. but where do you draw the line, because as an actor, you still have to make the audience believe that you know what you are talking about.
Yeah, I mean, I think Andy’s book and then the screenplay that Drew Goddard wrote did a really good job of making all of the science really approachable and understandable to a layman, so I guess in that sense it wasn’t that hard. I just had to really understand what I was saying and understand kind of the philosophy behind everything the guy was doing, and then just tell the story.
“This will come as quite a shock to my crew mates… and to NASA, and to the entire world… But I’m still alive, surprise…“
Are there any survival skills you would bring to the table in a similar situation?
I would be… I mean within maybe 12 hours I would be toast.
That’s as far as you make it, 12 hours.
There’s just no way.
Well, one thing I thought was really interesting today is that Ridley said that the way that this Character kinda talk to his GoPro, it’s kind of his confidante, this is all by himself, and I think it’s kinda like his Wilson in a way.
Yeah, I mean I think the differences is that he, in a weird way, I think would expect that someday somebody might find this log, so in a way his behavior is observed, like he’s behaving with the expectation that somebody might be watching him, whereas you know if you are on a desert island with just a volleyball, it’s pretty much you and the volleyball.
Right, because he is a scientist as well.
He is a scientist, and he’s in a situation that’s very unique, so he is trying to kind of catalog his experiences in a way that might someday be helpful to somebody else.
And what was it like to actually shoot this.. Because most of your scenes are all by yourself. Your character talks to himself a lot. I know you shot in Hungary so imagine there was a little bit of isolation being away from your family, In a foreign country that maybe went itself to the performance?
Yeah, I mean, even if you are doing a scene by yourself, you still have 75 people on the crew standing right there, so no, I can’t say I ever felt like I was particularly lonely, though, we went from Hungary we shot on the biggest sound stage in the world actually, which is incredible, the work that everybody did kinda making this habitat… And it’s all green screen stuff to make it look like Mars, and then we went to Jordan, and shot in the desert in Wadi Rum, which is spectacular, and so vast, and standing out in the middle of that desert was really, definitely gives you a feeling of solitude, really beautiful.