Paul Greengrass

Matt Damon's isolation in 'The Martian' parallels his departure from the Hollywood fast lane

In "The Martian," the new space odyssey directed by Ridley Scott, Matt Damon spends a lot of time alone.tmpplchld He has a good reason: His character, astronaut Mark Watney, has been left for dead on Mars after a routine mission goes wrong. Watney spends most of the movie explaining in a video log (and to the audience) how he will survive. He's a master botanist, which helps.tmpplchld "I've never really done something by myself like that, and that was really the appeal," Damon says by phone. "It's so risky to try to do something by yourself that I would only ever do it with a master director. When Ridley became interested, that was really the moment it...