So, liquid water was recently discovered on Mars, and Matt Damon is in a new movie about traveling to Mars. Which means that a disturbing number of people think Matt Damon's movie, The Martian, is based on a true story.
Just for the record, Matt Damon did not go to Mars and his movie is NOT, I repeat, not based on a true story. Just don't tell these folks, it's more fun to string them along as long as possible.
Sometimes I'm smart, and sometimes I google "is the martian based on a true story". For the record it is definitely not.-- Rebecca Rennie (@raerennie) September 23, 2015
Overheard two people talking at Panera about how THE MARTIAN was "based on a true story."-- Mαtt Thomαs (@mattthomas) October 2, 2015
"Is this a true story?" - The woman next to me said to her date at The Martian last night.-- Cookie Lyon (@pizzanachos69) October 4, 2015
kelley o'hara, a stanford graduate, thought the martian movie was based off of a true story-- renee (@laurenhoIiday) October 4, 2015
Genuinely bothered that my mom thought The Martian was a true story.-- Hayden Picker (@HaydenPicker) October 5, 2015
So just to clarify, The Martian is not based on a true story. Now Guardians of the Galaxy and Interstellar - yup, totally true!
Does anyone know if Guardians of the Galaxy is based on a true story? (Asking for a friend.)-- Adam Spink (@aspink1) June 26, 2015
My parents asked me if Interstellar is based off of a true story. Yes, yes it is.-- Tyler (@TLaVoie14) September 19, 2015
Breanna just asked me if Interstellar is a true story-- Tiffany Lunn (@tiffany_lunn) September 13, 2015