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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - THE MARTIAN -

You’d never met Ri­d­ley be­fore meet­ing about

How is he to work for?

It’s been a re­ally, re­ally smooth shoot. That’s why all of his de­part­ments keep com­ing back. He gives ev­ery­one am­ple room to do their work, and he’s re­ally open to sug­ges­tions from the cir­cle that he trusts, but he’s very decisive at the end of the day. You have a lot of mono­logues in it…

I learned all the mono­logues like a play, so I turned up ready to go. The first take, Ri­d­ley stormed into the set and said, “Cut,” and then said, “We should have shot two movies at once!” Has the shoot been phys­i­cally tax­ing?

It would have been re­ally drain­ing with another di­rec­tor, but this is how I feel work­ing with Soder­bergh or with Clint – it’s over be­fore it gets un­com­fort­able. The space­suit I wore was like a wet­suit, and we had to shoot in Jor­dan, in the desert, and I had a beard and a hel­met on… It was hot. With a less pre­cise di­rec­tor I would have been sweat­ing un­til I passed out, but with Ri­d­ley, you can han­dle dis­com­fort be­cause you can al­ways see the light at the end of the tun­nel.

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