5 Space Movies Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Are Absolutely Ridiculous
Astrophysicist, host of Cosmos, and rockstar Neil deGrasse Tyson has officially named the most scientifically inaccurate space movie of all time. DeGrasse Tyson isn't known for staying quiet in the face of science-related inaccuracies, and has called out Hollywood's worst science mistakes on several occasions. TMZ recently caught up with deGrasse Tyson and asked him to reveal the most inaccurate space movie of all time, and according to deGrasse Tyson, the award for most blatant use of scientific untruths in a Hollywood film goes to: Disney's The Black Hole . "They not only got none of the physics right about falling into a black hole," deGrasse Tyson says. "Had they gotten it right it would have been a vastly more interesting movie." Oh, I think you dropped something, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Hmm, looks like KNOWLEDGE.
DeGrasse Tyson may be a vocal critic of Hollywood space movies, but that doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy them. Star Trek, The Matrix, and 2001: A Space Odyssey all carry the deGrasse Tyson seal of approval, and despite his Twitter fact-checking of the movie Gravity, he says he did, in fact, enjoy the movie very much. But it's possible he just loves to hate it.
Being a scientist, deGrasse Tyson isn't about to let cringe-worthy, fake science go without a round of intensive fact checking, and if the whole celebrity astrophysicist thing doesn't work out, it looks like he could enjoy a solid career as a film critic. Hollywood: you've been warned. Here are his thoughts about five "terrible" space movies.
Technically not a space movie, but deGrasse Tyson wasn't going to let Titanic's scientific inaccuracies slide. James Cameron altered a particular scene in the re-released version with Jack and Rose gazing up at a night sky after deGrasse Tyson sent him a "snarky email" explaining that the constellations pictured are all wrong for that part of the globe at that particular time of year. BOOM, SCIENCE.
In Prometheus , Charlize Theron describes the "distant planet" she’s landed on as being “half a billion miles from Earth.” DeGrasse Tyson points out that this would only put her slightly past Jupiter. Oops.
Even the Star Wars movies aren't safe from the grasp of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Olympic-level fact-checking: "I don’t put out a list of critiques on Star Wars because you can hear the ships in space, or that Han Solo explains how fast he can make a run on the Millennium Falcon in parsecs, which is a unit of distance. It’s fine, it can be what it wants. But if you’re going to try to make it right, I’m going to be right there with you."
DeGrasse Tyson says Armageddon gets it all wrong:
I can only imagine what he thinks of Space Jam.