INTERSTELLAR IN THEATERS 11.7.14
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.- IMDb.com
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, John Lithgow and Bill Irwin as TARS.
In an interview with AP Entertainment, writer/producer Christopher Nolan described his robot, TARS:
“As we pushed the concept further, it became a very minimalist appearance that disguises very complex functionality. My idea was to remove any trace of anthropomorphism, so it doesn’t have a face. It doesn’t have arms and legs. It does have a voice, and therefore a personality. The great Bill Irwin, who was puppeteering and voicing TARS, was able to give an inanimate, non-human object a personality.”
In the original script, TARS was a former Marine android with a sarcastic personality.
TARS, the Fun Robot Character
by Joe Reid
Read the entire article: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/10/heres-everything-the-early-reviews-are-saying-about-interstellar/381971/
It’s only appeared in the latest trailer for the most brief moment, but the reviews have been all over the android character TARS, voiced by Bill Irwin. If anyone was wondering whether Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, or Casey Affleck was going to end up as the breakout favorite from the film’s supporting cast, it looks like they’ve all been upstaged by the new R2D2.
**A pair of obelisk-droids known as CASE and TARS, whose resemblance to the black monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey is a long way from unintentional. Bill Irwin, the actor who gives his voice to TARS – much the more loquacious of the two – operated these machines on set as a hydraulic puppeteer, but they can also perform more acrobatic, CGI-assisted feats of rapid rotation: as surplus military machines, they’re reminders of human conflict from a planet that’s just about given up the fight. – Tim Robey, The Telegraph
**TARS, a prolonged mechanical slab of data-processing and sarcasm, is the movie’s greatest innovation. He’s ridiculous and inventive, the wry Bill Irwin lending his voice for the automated companion. TARS instantly joins Wilson from Cast Away as one of film’s great inanimate objects. – Patches
**The crew also has its own smart-ass robot sidekick, voiced by Bill Irwin. Presumably, this is Nolan’s cheeky way of tipping his cap to metallic forerunners like the ones in Lost In Space and Star Wars, but it’s not clever or resonant enough to leave much of an impression. – Grierson
**The other big win for nerds is TARS, the movie’s awesome robots. Prepare to see TARS and his buddy CASE listed in all future “best movie robots ever” lists. They take up space like Forbidden Planet’s Robbie, are “in the system” like 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL, and they look like nothing you’ve ever seen. At rest, they are gray-ish chrome slabs. They walk like Jacob’s Ladder toys. But when the other-worldly excrement hits the fan (and there’s one humdinger of an action set-piece), they can contort themselves into useful geometric shapes and crack jokes at the same time. (There’s a little green light that appears when they’re kidding, just so everyone is on the same page.) – Jordan Hoffman, Popular Mechanics