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Robert Pearlman

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posted 01-21-2004 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Loss in space
Actor Bill Pullman's new play questions America's mission

By Lisa Bornstein, Rocky Mountain News
January 21, 2004

Years after aliens destroyed his home and killed his wife in Independence Day, Bill Pullman is fascinated by space.

The actor came to Denver last week to work with visiting playwright Constance Congdon and the first-year students at the National Theatre Conservatory on a new theater piece, Expedition 6.

[Skipping ahead a bit...]

"I had been tracking in the back pages of the newspaper the fact that after Columbia there were three guys stranded on the space station," Pullman says while eating a take- out salad during a rehearsal break.

He read that opponents of the United States saw the destruction of Columbia, which carried on board the first Israeli astronaut, as a sign that "the United States was no longer favored by the gods," he says. And he decided to raise questions through theater as to the value of the space program and what amount of death was acceptable.

"Part of the reason nobody heard about (the stranded astronauts) is it was important for NASA that it wasn't exceptional," he says. "The space program works with a principle of acceptable risk and acceptable loss."

While certainly the root premise of Pullman's theatrical piece, the balancing of risk vs. loss is a valid concern, it sounds as though he doesn't understand why NASA wasn't overly concerned about the Expedition 6 crew aboard the ISS. I wonder if Mr. Pullman is aware of a vehicle called Soyuz?


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posted 01-21-2004 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are Hollywood actors "aware" of anything? With the exception of a very few, I doubt it.


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posted 01-21-2004 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The thing is, though, for most people who only follow the story through superficial media coverage, I can see where you could get that opinion. I got so annoyed when Exp. 7 launched to Station, and media outlets reported, and often wrote in headlines, that they had "no idea how they would return to Earth," as if they were going up there not knowing if they would be able to return. It was technically true, since they didn't know if Shuttle would be available to bring them home, but it definitely gave the wrong impression.

"America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow." - Commander Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 Mission, 11 December 1972


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posted 01-21-2004 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if Pullman has seen 1969's "Marooned", with Gregory Peck and David Janssen.



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posted 01-21-2004 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A good actor only has to pretend to be smart, to play a smart person in a movie...

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Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!

Cliff Lentz

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posted 01-21-2004 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps Bill was more influenced by his commanding role in 1987's "SPACEBALLS" (the movie).



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posted 01-22-2004 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good response, Cliff. But in defense of Mr. Pullman, I don't think ANYONE outside of the space community even knows of Soyuz, or that there even was a backup system of crew transport to and from the ISS if there was a shuttle failure.

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