Ridley Scott On ‘The Martian,’ Loving ‘The Counselor’ And ‘Sweetheart’ Matt Damon’s Recent Gaffes

When you’ve made as many movies as Ridley Scott has, there’s no option but to divorce yourself from the criticism your projects face. And there’s no doubt Scott has faced a lot of it over the years, despite three Oscar nominations for Best Director. Fortunately for him, critics are on his side this time. “The Martian,” which opens Friday, premiered to kudos at the Toronto Film Festival a few weeks ago and has spun that buzz into what is expected to be a lucrative box-office orbit. Based on Andy Weir’s popular, NASA-approved debut novel, the film follows a skilled astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars and the earthbound NASA team working to bring him home. The supporting cast (Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig, to name a few) is impressive, and maybe — just maybe — “The Martian” will rocket its way to more Oscar glory for the 77-year-old British director.

The Huffington Post sat down with Scott earlier this week to discuss the film’s reception, how his moviemaking process has (or hasn’t) changed over the years and what he thinks of Matt Damon’s recent Internet controversies. Beware vague “Martian” spoilers.

How do you feel about people saying this is your best movie since “Blade Runner”? I’ve heard that a few times.

Since “Blade Runner”? It’s like, where were you? Because I would go, well, “Legend” still runs now, “Blade Runner” just resurrected itself. I’m going to jump a few films, even though I don’t regret anything at all. “Thelma & Louise,” “Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Hannibal,” which was pretty brutal but interesting. “American Gangster.” And I’m forgetting the other ones. Oh, “Exodus” last year. A lot of people didn’t get “Exodus,” but it’s a little bit like being a —> Read More