Here are 21 interesting facts about the extraordinary film: Interstellar.
1. Christopher Nolan cast Matthew McConaughey after seeing his performance in Mud (2012). Nolan recalled, “I didn’t know how much potential he had until I saw Mud. Not just as a leading man, but sheer acting talent.”
2. The screenplay is based on the works of the theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.
3. Steven Spielberg was set to direct the film in 2006 and hired Jonathan Nolan to write the screenplay. In 2012, after Spielberg’s departure, Jonathan suggested the project to his brother, Christopher.
4. Not only does Interstellar feature the most ever footage shot using 15/70mm IMAX cameras for a feature film, but due to the film industries rapid conversion to digital projection formats, Interstellar will potentially be the last film ever to be projected on 15/70mm IMAX film.
5. To create the wormhole and black hole, Dr. Kip Thorne collaborated with the VFX team. Thorne provided pages of deeply sourced theoretical equations to the team, who then created new CGI software programs based on these equations to create accurate computer simulations of these phenomena. Some individual frames took up to 100 hours to render and ultimately the whole CGI program reached to 800 terabytes of data.
6. For a cornfield scene, Christopher Nolan used 500 acres of corn, which he had from his producing of Man of Steel (2013).
7. Anne Hathaway suffered from hypothermia while filming in Iceland due to the fact that her astronaut suit was unzipped while in the icy water.
8. Most of the shots of the robot TARS were not computer generated. Rather TARS was a puppet controlled and voiced on set by Bill Irwin who was then digitally erased from the film. Irwin also puppeteered the robot CASE, but in that case had his voice dubbed over by Josh Stewart.
9. This is the sixth collaboration between Michael Caine and Christopher Nolan. The other five titles are: Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008),Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
10. Some space sequences were shot with an IMAX camera installed in the nose cone of a Learjet.
11. The wormhole shown near Saturn is exactly the same place shown in Man of Steel (2013). In Man of Steel, Superman arrives as a child into our solar system in a spaceship when it drops out of warp.
12. In Christopher Nolan’s opinion, the score composed by Hans Zimmer in this film is the strongest and most powerful one he has so far created. Many people stated that they cried during the docking sequence when Endurance is spinning and the crew needs to dock their Ranger to it.
13. Since the movie is 169 minutes long and costs approximately $165 million to make, it therefore carries a price tag of approximately $976,000 per minute.
14. The first time since Insomnia (2002) that the word ‘fuck’ has been used in a Christopher Nolan film.
15. On Miller’s world (water planet), each “tick” heard in the soundtrack roughly equals one day back on Earth.
16. Cooper tells Murph her name means, “Whatever can happen, will happen.” Murphy’s law actually states, “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.”
17. Murph’s name is said 79 times in the film.
18. Dr. Mann’s world was filmed on the same glacier used in Batman Begins. When the team was scouting the location, the local tour guide didn’t recognize them and proudly proclaimed “Christopher Nolan once filmed here!”
19. No green screens were used in the production of this film. Instead of using a green screen, Christopher Nolan had the special effects company create the visual effects beforehand and then had them projected on a screen outside of the physical spaceship sets so that the actors were reacting to the very effects shown on screen, rather than staring out at green screens.
20. The movie was shot under the name “Flora’s Letter” for secrecy.
21. Cooper’s first name is never revealed throughout the entire film.