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He's played a floor-scrubbing genius, a double-crossing police mole, a lethally trained amnesiac, and is now set to take on the role of the last man on the (red) planet.

Based on Andy Weir’s astoundingly successful self-published novel, The Martian tells the story of Mark Watney (Damon), an astronaut left stranded on Mars' desolate surface who's presumed dead after a devastating storm. With the prolific Ridley Scott in the director's chair, this sic-fi epic is set to be an unmissable adventure about one man's undying determination to survive against all the odds.

You can't get much more grandiose than that, which got me thinking: Matt Damon - the international superstar that he is today - came from incredibly humble beginnings. In fact, his first ever on-screen role was in the 1988 rom-com Mystic Pizza, the spry 18-year-old having undergone a complete Hollywood transformation since then!

I wonder if his childhood dream was to become an astronaut...

From Extra-cheese To Extraterrestrial

(L) Mystic Pizza, (R) The Martian
(L) Mystic Pizza, (R) The Martian

I feel like a proud mother.

Funnily enough, Mystic Pizza was also in part responsible for launching the career of a very young, pre-Pretty Woman Julia Roberts. Check out the trailer below:

I wonder if the young Damon had any kind of idea where his career would take him - I bet if you'd told him he'd be clambering round Mars with the director of Alien in 27 years time he'd have laughed you out of the room!

The Martian also stars Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor and is due to land in cinemas on November 25, 2015. Check out the movie's eerily beautiful first shots below:

My all-time favorite Matt Damon character is the hilarious punk rocker Donny from Eurotrip:

[Source: Empire]


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