Matt Damon is always up for a double feature.
The ‘Oppenheimer’ actor revealed a Vanity Fair that while he was totally unaware of the debates between “Barbie” and Christopher Nolan’s epic which opens the same weekend, audiences are expected to purchase tickets for both films.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of it, actually. I didn’t pay attention to that,” Damon said of the viral trend of asking who’s going to buy a ticket to which film’s opening night on July 21. “People can go see two movies in one weekend. ‘Oppenheimer’ is one of them!”
When asked by Vanity Fair if his four daughters are more likely to see “Barbie,” due to gender stereotypes, Damon replied, “I’ll have to ask. If so, they will be seeing two movies that weekend!
“Barbie” comes from Warner Bros., the same studio as “Oppenheimer” that director Nolan parted ways with following the HBO Max launch of his film “Tenet.” Now, “Oppenheimer” marks Nolan’s first film with Universal Pictures after more than 20 years at Warner Bros.
Damon compared working on “Oppenheimer” to acting in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” due to Nolan’s dedication to recreating the WWII era on screen.
“It reminded me of filming ‘(Saving) Private Ryan’ in the sense that (Steven) Spielberg would rebuild these areas and we had carte blanche to go anywhere we wanted,” Damon said. “So, Chris had the flexibility to shoot the way he wanted and needed all over the city. He was completely immersive.
The “Air” actor added that Nolan recreated the Manhattan Project town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, with an eye to authenticity.
“You could see over the horizon the real test site and where the original city was,” Damon said. “Ruth (De Jong), our production designer, basically rebuilt the city, so we had an active city to work in.”
Nolan also recreated the atomic bomb detonation without CGI. For more details on “Oppenheimer”, click here. And he checks out all the facts about “Barbie” below.