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Ad Astra and the Flawed Hero

In a post for Asia One, James Mottram gives insight into the creation of James Grays’ newest film, Ad Astra, and how Gray drew from Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces. He wanted his character to be mythic in his journey, “I had been very much into the mythic hero. And when I say hero, I don’t mean superhero. I wanted [to write] a heroic figure in mythic terms, a flawed person, a person with real limitations.” The film explores the complexity of humanity and interpersonal relationships. The protagonist is going on a journey to discover who his father really is all while dealing with his own issues that are hidden deep beneath a cracked façade. The creation of the film was a challenge for those involved with Pitt saying, “We didn’t realize until we got in the middle of it … we were trying to do a film about a man’s inability to connect with others.” The layers of this film are not only a tribute to the amazing work done by those involved but also a glimpse into the human psyche of what makes us flawed as well as heroes, something that Campbell often spoke of.