Interstellar: Behind the Scenes & Facts

Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film co-written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, and Michael Caine. Set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive, the film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for mankind.

Nobel laureate Dr. Kip Thorne laid out two rules for the movie’s science

Dr. Kip Thorne, the theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate whose ideas formed the basis for Interstellar, laid out two rules for the movie’s science: nothing in the film could contradict the proven laws of physics, and any outrageous speculation would come from the mind of a scientist and not the mind of a screenwriter. Christopher Nolan agreed to these rules on the condition that they wouldn’t hinder the filmmaking process.


The wormhole being near Saturn is a reference to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey


The interviews at the beginning and end of the movie are real

The whole Earth apocalyptic setting is based on the Dust Bowl, which took place in America in the 1930s. The interviews which are shown at the beginning and end of the movie are of actual survivors of that disaster.


Anne Hathaway almost got hypothermia while shooting on the ice planet

Actress Anne Hathaway wearing the space suit in Interstellar. While shooting her scene on the ice planet, Anne Hathaway’s spacesuit didn’t get properly zipped and had let cold water in. However, she didn’t get time off after informing director Christopher Nolan. So he pushed to wrap up the scene quickly instead. Not to worry, shooting the scene didn’t take too long, and the talented actress was fine.


World-renowned composer Hans Zimmer composed the score

Timothée Chalamet cried after seeing the movie

Actor Timothée Chalamet in the movie Interstellar. In 2014, when Interstellar first hit the cinemas, Timothée Chalamet was relatively unknown. Interstellar was his second feature film project, and he hoped it would help push his career forward. However, at the screening, he realized his character’s role was much smaller and couldn’t stop the tears when he got home.

In the office of N.A.S.A.’s secret base, you can catch a glimpse of the lithographs of “From the Earth to the Moon” by Jules Verne

Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon Copyright: © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corporation