Christopher Nolan Praises Matthew McConaughey’s “Extraordinary” Performance in Interstellar

Photo Courtesy of E! Online
Photo Courtesy of E! Online

Anticipation is high for Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s new science fiction film, and his first movie since the conclusion of his acclaimed Batman trilogy in 2012. The plot is shrouded in mystery and a cryptic teaser trailer with very little actual footage from the film doesn’t shed much light on the subject. What is known about the movie is that it was written by Christopher Nolan and brother Jonathan Nolan (the pair also collaborated on The Prestige and The Dark Knight Rises) and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine.

Matthew McConaughey would have been a strange choice to lead a dramatic science fiction movie in years gone by, but his career has undergone a transformation, and now McConaughey is one of the most popular and acclaimed actors on the market. He has gone from being typecast as a leading man for romantic comedies (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Fool’s Gold) and B-level action movies (Reign of Fire, Sahara) to being critically acclaimed for his recent work in films like Mud and Dallas Buyers Club (for which he won a Best Actor Oscar) and on television as well with the much-lauded series True Detective. Apparently, it was McConaughey’s work on Mud that first caught Nolan’s eye.

The Hollywood Reporter recently caught up with Mr. Nolan at CinemaCon and he had great things to say about the actor.  “[Mud] showed me a side of Matthew’s capabilities that I never knew was there. It was a transformative performance. From when I first saw it, I had an inside track on how great he could be.” He went on to explain how McConaughey fits the role: “I needed someone who is very much an everyman, someone the audience could experience the story with. He’s just a phenomenal, charismatic presence in the movie. His performance is shaping up to be extraordinary.”

Nolan also discussed his personal philosophy about his efforts in filmmaking: “I have always viewed every film as the last film I’m going to do. I’ve always done that because I want to put everything into it. I might get hit by a bus at the end of production.”

It’s a philosophy that has served him well, as Christopher Nolan’s name has become synonymous with exceptional films and innovative storytelling. I myself am very excited to see Interstellar because I’ve come to expect great things from this man. His films are deeply moving and psychologically complex. I can’t help but think of the first time I saw The Dark Knight and the awe I felt when the credits rolled. I realized that I had just witnessed something amazing. In Nolan’s body of work, I have felt that awe more than once – and I felt a similar sensation when I watched the Interstellar trailer for the first time. The movie has an epic scope, wonderful actors, and a director with a spotless track record of brilliant and much-loved films. I find myself discouraged at the thought of having to wait eight more months before I can see it. After all the beautiful, jarring, tragic, compelling movies Nolan has written and directed, I have no doubt that this, too, will be an adventure.

Interstellar will be released on November 7th, 2014 in the US. Check out the teaser trailer below!

Katie LaCour
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