‘Interstellar’ Clip: Matthew McConaughey Baffled Teachers Consider Spaceships ‘Useless Machines’ (Video)

In Christopher Nolan’s vision of the future, the educational system doesn’t believe man ever landed on the moon

Matthew McConaughey is living in a strange, dying world in “Interstellar.”

The first clip (above) from the Christopher Nolan film hitting theaters on Nov. 7 shows McConaughey’s astronaut character absolutely flabbergasted when he learns that his daughter’s school is teaching her that Apollo 11 — the first space mission that allowed humanity to step foot on the moon — never happened.

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“I believe it was a brilliant piece of propaganda that the Soviets bankrupted themselves pouring resources into rockets and other useless machines,” a teacher tells McConaughey. “And if we don’t want a repeat of the excess and wastefulness of the 20th century, than we need to teach our kids about this planet, not tales of leaving it.”

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The short excerpt from the highly-anticipated space travel drama not only sets up the world of the film very effectively, but gives audiences a pretty intimate look at McConaughey’s character.

“One of those useless machines they used to make was called an MRI,” McConaughey says. “And if they had any of those left, the doctors would have been able to find the cyst in my wife’s brain before she died, instead of afterwards.”

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Parent-teacher conferences don’t get much more awkward than that.