Space role an experience for Strong

Mark Strong has revealed that training to be an astronaut in his next film has been an interesting experience.

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Mark Strong is to play a NASA pilot in Ad Inexplorata

Mark Strong has revealed that training to be an astronaut in his next film has been an interesting experience.

The British actor has been learning the ropes at the National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Centre for his role as a NASA pilot in space movie Ad Inexplorata.

"I won't be going into space. I'm trained in a place called NASTAR on the edge of Philadelphia. I got to fly in a rocket, in a simulator, and go up to 360,000 feet. It was quite an experience," he said.

Mark admitted he is disappointed that the film, directed and written by Mark Elijah Rosenberg, follows the release of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

"It's ironic that Gravity has just happened because now everyone will think it's being made because of that. Actually, they have been developing it for years," explained the Welcome To The Punch actor.

"The guys who produced Beasts Of The Southern Wild have put some money into this and a first-time director, who's absolutely mad about space."

The film follows Mark's character as he embarks on a one-way trip to Mars.

" It's essentially about one man's mission to Mars and one man's feeling about dealing with that. It's not just a spectacle in the way Gravity is, it's very low-budget and it is much more about the psychological issues," he said.

Mark, who has been filming The Imitation Game alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, admitted it took time for him to say the film's title.

"It took me a while. Apparently that's the Latin motto for the astronauts," he added.