SAN DIEGO – After many rumors and wild media speculation, “Interstellar” director Christopher Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey surprised Comic-Con's Hall H crowd by making their first appearances at the pop culture festival. And once they hit the stage, it seemed somewhat likely that a new trailer would be screened for the audience. More intriguingly, the duo provided more details on how the movie came to be and what to expect this November.
McConaughey, who had shockingly never made it to Comic-Con before, came out first to a wild standing ovation. He revealed he first met for Nolan for three hours without the movie ever being brought up or discussed. “I remember leaving thinking, what was that about,” McConaughey recalled. “He liked meeting me and a week later I got the script. I liked it quite a lot and I was in.”
His character, Cooper, a pilot, engineer and widowed father of two children. According to the recent Best Actor Oscar winner, the near-future world “Interstellar” is set in is a society that is “just sustaining. There is barely enough clean water or food and no space exploration to really speak of. Things change, however.
“The dream of being a pilot comes on his door again,” McCaunghey said. “He gets to lead a great mission. He's got to leave a family. Leave two kids. That's part of what my man Cooper has to go through.”
As for working with Nolan, McConaughey said the “Inception” helmer is “always out for original. You're aware of his films. Everything he wants to do is original. He will not repeat that. He wants an original take on everything. He works on his instincts completely.”
In fact, the “Dallas Buyers Club” star said Nolan knows the world he's created so well that he shoots only two or three takes. As he told HitFix last year, he again noted that filming “Interstellar” felt like many of the independent films that have revived his career.
At that point, McConaughey teased that he couldn't reveal more, but maybe someone else could. Then Nolan, who has directed such genre classics as the aforementioned “Inception” and, obviously, the “Dark Knight” trilogy, earned a hero's welcome (and another standing ovation) when he hit the stage.
Certainly nervous in front of the 6,000-seat Hall H audience (though he's certainly not the first notable director to be in that position), Nolan said that after years of being asked and being unable to attend due to production issues, he thought, “I better come down and see what the fuss is about.”