NASA astronaut praises 'Ad Astra' during interview with Brad Pitt

Carla Harmon
September 17, 2019

Pitt and Hague continued to chat, discussing India's recent Chandrayaan-2 lunar landing attempt and Hague's Expedition 60 mission to the space station, which is coming to a close in October. I've got you loud and clear.

At one point Pitt joked with Hague and asked who was more believable playing an astronaut, himself or George Clooney? The International Space Station crew previewed the film a few weeks ago.

Monday to talk to American astronaut Nick Hague, the conversation turned to the unexpected consequences of weightless life.


Even though Pitt said he still enjoys acting, he is comfortable spending more time behind the camera that in front of it. "Well, Cliff is by far a much easier way to live, and certainly I would say what we're all striving for", he says, chuckling.

As the actor searched for meaning, he said he turned away from religion altogether.

"I gotta tell you, this is a real treat - real pleasure to be talking to you up there", Pitt said, greeting Hague. "But to get to Cliff's peace of mind and acceptance in the day, you'd probably have to go through Roy's dilemma to get there". The movie opens on Friday. After asking about spacewalking and seeing Earth from space, Pitt said, "Most important question: Who controls the jam box?"


Hague responded with laughter and affirmed Pitt was the better astronaut. Most of the other actors, including Donald Sutherland, are like characters in a video game who help the hero make his way to the final showdown with the Big Boss (played here by Tommy Lee Jones). In it, Pitt portrays an astronaut who travels through the solar system to find his father.

Pitt then asked about the pace of life aboard the ISS (the astronauts work from 7:30 in the morning to 7:30 at night), who controls the music ("We take turns"), and if the astronauts had been able to watch the failed landing of an Indian Moon lander ("No, unfortunately"). The agency did, however, provide visuals and some technical expertise for the film.

"We reviewed a script of Ad Astra early in production", Bert Ulrich, NASA's liaison for film and TV collaborations at NASA Headquarters, said in a statement.


On a cinematic level, you'll love "Ad Astra" if you love watching a brooding Brad Pitt go about his angst-filled business. Sci-fi films like Ad Astra, the Martian, Interstellar, and Gravity take movie audiences out of this world incorporating some of NASA " s most inspirational photography and footage".

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