Matt Damon plays Matt Damon in Ridley Scott's 2015 film The Martian, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy. Part musical, part comedy, The Martian dazzled viewers with its orange scenery, its tale of hope and triumph, and its marketing of Matt Damon as the hero of mankind. In this particular iteration of himself, Matt Damon is mistakenly stranded on Mars in what many would consider a nightmare situation. But fear not, global population, for this stranded man is Matt Damon, and this iteration of Damon can farm potatoes in outer space while making jokes about his trustworthy bro, Martinez, and the particularly awful smell of shipmate Johannsen's feces. Tune into Part One of our two-part conversation regarding this landmark comedy/musical, and join us as we snob about Matt Damon's unfathomable and delusional optimism, Matt Damon's perceived intelligence, Matt Damon in general, Ridley Scott's strange and seemingly-diverse oeuvre, science, David Bowie, and, of course, the gradual descent of Hollywood. Stay tuned for Part Two, where the conversation travels lightyears beyond anything Starman Matt Damon has ever seen.
Many thanks to Talwar & Sons, who have kindly sponsored this episode. And our utmost gratitude, as always, to Aevart Van Jook (@aevart_music) for our theme song.