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Matt Damon potentially staring at water on the surface of Mars - he probably knew about it months ago too

Ridley Scott humblebrags about water on Mars

The legendary film director and absolute show off says: ‘I knew about water on Mars months ago’

Yesterday, Nasa made a monumental announcement, one that gripped the world. At 3.30pm, the space discovery organisation released the information that they’d found what they believed to be liquid water flowing along the ancient terrains of the red planet, lending credence to the theory that maybe Mars once did, or still does, support alien life. Maybe we aren’t all alone in this infinitely expanding universe hurtling through space with no idea how we got here, or how it’ll all end. Maybe there‘s another species that shares this experience. It’s huge, exciting news for the world. Unless of course you’re successful film director Ridley Scott, who simply said,

"I knew that months ago"

Don’t bother playing Mr Scott the latest Night Slugs release. He’s heard it. Don’t bother trying to talk to him about new episode of Orange Is The New Black. He’s seen them all. Twice. And do not try to engage him about the water on Mars because he’s already totally over that information he exclusively received months ago.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies, the 78-year old Alien and Blade Runner director said of the groundbreaking discovery: "I knew that months ago. When I first talked to NASA, we got into all kinds of stuff and I said, ‘So I know you’ve got down there these massive glaciers.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, that the massive white thing that gets covered with dust, we think that’s ice,’” Scott recalled. “And I said, 'Wow! Does that mean there was an ocean?’ Are we right now what Mars was 750 million years ago?’ And they went, ‘Uh, good question.’ So they want to go up there and find out.’”

Scott is just about to see his film The Martian hit cinemas. Starring Matt Damon, the movie sees the actor abandoned on Mars and forced to work out ways to survive on the notoriously intense and barren planet. It sounds and looks good – and given Scott’s direct line to Nasa, it’ll probably be scientifically and factually up to speed too.