“It was fully immersive”: Matt Damon Compares Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer to $482M Steven Spielberg Movie That Was Snubbed at the Oscars
Oppenheimer is a biographical thriller film written and directed by the eminent director Christopher Nolan. The film features Cillian Murphy as lead J. Robert Oppenheimer along with Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and others in prominent roles. It is filmed with the help of IMAX cameras, and for the first time, IMAX black-and-white analog photography has been used.
One of the leads, Matt Damon, opened up on the cinematography and the shooting method for the biographical film based on the World War II period. He compared the film to Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.
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Matt Damon compares Oppenheimer to Saving Private Ryan
Matt Damon played the lead in the 1998 film, which was based on World War II. Saving Private Ryan was written by Robert Rodat and directed by Steven Spielberg. The film was set in France during World War II time, where a group of soldiers led by Captain John Miller set forth on the mission to save Private James Ryan from the war zone after the death of his three brothers in battle. Some other prominent actors in the film are Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, and Jeremy Davies.
Ford v Ferrari star talked about the film while shooting for the upcoming Christopher Nolan movie Oppenheimer. As reported by Vanity Fair, Damon said,
“Ruth De Jong, our production designer, basically rebuilt the town (Los Alamos), so we had an active kind of town to work in. It reminded me of shooting Saving Private Ryan in the sense that Steven Spielberg would rebuild these areas and we had carte blanche, we could go anywhere we wanted to go. So, Chris had the flexibility to shoot as he wanted and needed to all around the town. It was fully immersive.”
The film received Academy Awards for Best Director (Spielberg), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing. But the film lost to Shakespeare in Love for the best movie category and was considered the biggest upset in awards history at that time.
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About Matt Damon’s upcoming film Oppenheimer
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is an upcoming biographical thriller, based on the book American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. The film focuses on J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist who is termed the father of the atomic bomb. He is credited for his role in the Manhattan Project of World War II and the development of the first nuclear weapons, of the world. The star cast includes Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett, and Kenneth Branagh.
Oppenheimer will be released worldwide in theatres on July 21, 2023.