Christopher Nolan Responds to Complaints About 'Interstellar' Science

"Much of it is, of course, speculation"
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What’s that you say? You’ve got some problems with the science in Interstellar? Christopher Nolan isn’t convinced by your argument. All fake science in the movie is intentional, he explained.

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“My films are always held to a weirdly high standard for those issues that isn’t applied to everybody else’s films — which I’m fine with,” the director told The Daily Beast about online complaints about the science behind his new movie. “[The science is] all buttoned-up, and Kip [Thorne, astrophysicist and Interstellar’s science adviser] has a book on the science of the film about what’s real, and what’s speculation — because much of it is, of course, speculation.”

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Separating the fact from the fiction — sorry, the “speculation” — may require more than one viewing of the movie, Nolan suggested. “There have been a bunch of knee-jerk tweets by people who’ve only seen the film once, but to really take on the science of the film, you’re going to need to sit down with the film for a bit and probably also read Kip’s book,” he said. “I know where we cheated in the way you have to cheat in movies, and I’ve made Kip aware of those things.”

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So now you know: The science may not all be accurate, but that’s because it’s not meant to be. But if you want to be able to tell the real stuff from the fake, then it’s best to see the movie again and then read the tie-in book, just to be on the safe side.

 

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