A veritable wormhole was erected to encase the block-long red carpet of the “Interstellar” New York premiere on Monday night. The tent was just another elaborately protective layer — this one physical — keeping the Christopher Nolan-lensed film under wraps.
The movie, an Oscars sure-thing, is the story of a trio of astronauts shipped off to the far reaches of the universe in search of another planet to support human life. The future of mankind quite literally hangs in the balance; combo that with Nolan’s signature scale and epic movie magic is made.
“I met with Chris, liked him enormously, and he told me this incredible story and what my role was in it,” John Lithgow said. “I was dying to be in it [even though] he might have been a little vague on the ending.”
The film has been shrouded in typical Nolan-secrecy and it seems like the cast — Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn — was taking its “Fight Club”-like vow of silence very seriously. (Read: the cast skipped by all the reporters on the press line, dipping into the theater after having their picture taken.)
“I’m not supposed to talk about it,” Burstyn, one of the few who stopped to chat with press, said of her role. McConaughey, Nolan and Hathaway speed-walked into the theatre behind her. “That’s part of the surprise.”
Even Nolan’s longtime collaborator Hans Zimmer, who composed the film’s score, was similarly in the dark when he signed on. “By your director not telling you. By your director phoning you up and going, ‘If I send you one page but I won’t tell you what the movie is [about], will you write whatever’s in your heart?’” he said, when asked how he approached this project.
Camila Alves, McConaughey’s wife, was stalking the end of the carpet, giving false hope to the shivering reporters. “Yes,” she told them, a cell phone to her ear. “I’m letting him speak tonight.”