Brad Pitt Calls an Astronaut to Talk Ad Astra

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It’s Ad Astra Week for Us Common Folk… Of Course I’m Gushing.

On Friday, a movie I’ve been anticipating for months now will finally hit theaters, and in my mind, I’m already in line. Ad Astra, a new action/sci-fi/drama/space-pirate adventure (okay—the space-pirate thing is probably just a small part of the movie) starring Brad Pitt promises to be an amazing ride. We’ve posted two trailers here. Both look amazing. The visuals look like they’re going to rival other recent “high-class” space dramas such as Gravity, or Interstellar. Furthermore, all of the plot details that have been revealed thus far indicate a complex story with plenty of dram and action to spare. 

Then Brad Pitt Called Up The ISS

I honestly don’t know with whom I’d be more excited about speaking. Of course, from a utilitarian perspective, Nick Hague’s job is more important. However, as Nick expresses at the beginning of that video, the work that Brad does is important, too. Hague mentioned inspiration and awareness as a part of that awareness. 

Pitt and actors like him are responsible for our culture, and culture plays a huge part in human progress. There’s evidence of our imaginations taking us to the stars dating back to at least the seventeenth century in European writing. Indeed, without Jules Verne and his fellows, Hague and his colleagues might never have set foot in outer space. Without the sci-fi movie craze of the 1950s and 60s, the public may not have been able to imagine a moon landing or any other such exploration. Great movements start with great ideas, and great ideas often start with artists.

Back to Ad Astra and Pitt’s Phone Call

Hague and Pitt actually talked about a lot of really great stuff. From life in zero-gravity conditions to how Hague and the other ISS astronauts handle the environment. Hague remarked that it’s probably a lot easier for him to get around in zero-gravity than it was for Pitt in the wire harnesses necessary for such effects in the movies. They discussed India’s (Not-quite) failed Chandrayaan-2 mission, along with NASA’s plans for Artemis.

Pitt also asked about how astronauts adjust psychologically to being in space—something which looks important to the plot of Ad Astra. Hague said it is difficult to be away from family and friends, but because the ISS is in low-earth orbit, astronauts can still communicate with loved ones via phone and video calls. Then Pitt asked about who gets to control the music on the ISS… No spoilers, there.

Most importantly, the call ended with Pitt asking Hague who did a better job in his respective space movie: George Clooney in Gravity, or Pitt in Ad Astra. Hague, of course, said Pitt did, but I suspect he would have said that regardless. Personally, I’ll have to reserve judgment until Friday, when Ad Astra hits theaters nationwide.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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