Matt Damon and His Martian Costars Reveal the 'Totally, Totally Ridiculous' Way Their Zero-Gravity Shots Were Faked
"It's totally, totally ridiculous, but within the confines of the frame, you can't tell," said Damon
Fake it ’til you make it!
While the Ridley Scott-directed film involved its fair share of CGI and “invisible” wires to make the actors appear as though they were floating about in space, sometimes they used simpler means to achieve the weightless look.
“In some of the tighter shots, sometimes it makes sense not to do elaborate wire work,” Damon, 44, told reporters at a Toronto International Film Festival press conference on Friday, where he mimicked floating in space for a chuckling crowd. “You’re ‘in space,’ and you act while you’re standing on one foot and moving slowly. It’s totally, totally ridiculous, but within the confines of the frame, it totally works, and you can’t tell.”
Costar Mara, 32, added that there’s a certain art to making it look plausible.
“It feels very much like a dance, and there’s choreography to it, but then once you’re doing it, you really do feel like a little kid,” she said.
Chastain, 38, said the floating scenes were her favorite – and one of the reasons she signed on to the film.
“The zero-gravity stuff I was really looking forward to. When I got on set, I realized how many people are involved in that because there’s all these people in the pulley system that are controlling your movements that you then have to make look like you’re doing it, and it’s choreographed,” she said of working with the wires, which are eventually edited out of the final cut. “We’re just kind of along for the ride learning it, and I had so much fun.”