Monday, April 25, 2016

Joe Biz Movie Trivia - The Martian

The Martian

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10  The writer of the novel, Andy Weir, first published his book for free on his own blog for

fun. Then people asked him to put it in a downloadable form, then to put it on Amazon for

Kindle download which he did at the then minimum price of $0.99.
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9  Ridley Scott claimed that Matt Damon's solo scenes were shot for five weeks straight, after

which Damon was relieved from the schedule. Consequently, Damon did not meet most of his co-

stars until the cast was reunited to promote the film.
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8  In the film, when Mark learns that his communications with NASA are being broadcast all over

the world, he responds by typing something the audience does not see, yet from the reactions

of the characters, it is clearly something inappropriate or obscene. In the book, this

message is "Look, a pair of boobs! --> ( . Y . )"
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7  Matt Damon admitted that the scene where Mark was getting emotional upon hearing Commander

Lewis' voice was genuine. The other actors had wrapped and gone home, and their pre-recorded

voices were actually being played to Damon from inside his spacesuit. When Damon began to

think about how he his character been all alone on Mars for two years, alongside how he was

only hearing pre-recorded voices of his co-stars who has already finished their scenes, he

began to tear up. Ridley Scott was so impressed with Damon's performance, that he only did

one take of the scene, which was used in the film.
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6  The exterior Martian scenes were shot at a slower speed to simulate Mars' gravity, which is

38% of Earth's gravity. Therefore, anything on the surface of Mars needed to appear lighter

and have a slight bounce to it. However, the frame rate that was desired would not allow the

cameras to run in synch. To negate this, the film was shot at 48 frame per second during

exterior scenes, which was then sped up to the standard 24 frame per second. This meant that

much audio had to be re-recorded in post. As a result of this, synching up audio with Mark's

lips filmed at a slower frame rate would have been impossible. Ridley Scott chose to have

mark "narrate" the scenes instead of having him talk in the suit to avoid this problem.
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5  NASA found water on Mars the week this movie came out in the UK.
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4  Andy Weir (who wrote the novel) stated that the only moment from the book he was disappointed

to not see used in the final film was when Mark Watney makes an audio log that goes "How come

Aquaman can control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense." after Teddy Sanders wondered

what Watney was thinking about up on Mars.
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3  A rare instance where Sean Bean's character does not die, rather he just gets asked to

resign.
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2  The Mars exteriors were shot in Wadi Rum, Jordan, which has a red colored desert. Another

Mars mission film, Red Planet (2000), was shot there.
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1  The "cloak-and-dagger" meeting to propose the Rich Purnell Manuever is dubbed Project Elrond

after the Council of Elrond in the "Lord of the Rings" series. When this name is questioned,

the first character to explain it is Henderson, played by Sean Bean. Bean played Boromir in

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and was present during said council.
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