Opening this weekend is director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. For those unfamiliar, the story takes place in 2159, and two classes of people are divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth. Matt Damon plays a desperate man who must reach Elysium in order to find a cure that will save his life. The film also stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura, Diego Luna and William Fichtner.
The other day I landed a video interview with Matt Damon. He talked about how the world of Elysium feels real, Blomkamp’s directorial process, how the finished cut of Elysium compares to what he was pitched, what he collects, who has made him laugh the most on set, and if it’s true that he was cast because Blomkamp wanted his character from Eurotrip. Hit the jump to watch.
- How the world of Elysium feels real. Damon talks about the way Blomkamp directs
- Is it true he got cast because Blomkamp wanted his character from Eurotrip. Says that he wishes he did a version of Scotty Doesn’t Know wearing the exoskeleton
- What does he collect
- Who has made him laugh the most while trying to shoot a scene
- How does Elysium compare to what he was pitched before he signed on