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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 October 2019

Brad Pitt quizzes astronaut: who was more believable in space – George Clooney, or me?

The 'Ad Astra' actor put an end to the celebrity friends' feud by asking Nasa's Nick Hague
Brad Pitt stars as an austnaut in upcoming movie, 'Ad Astra.' AP 

Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie Ad Astra, had a burning question for a real-life astronaut.

“Who was more believable? Clooney or Pitt?”

In a televised call Monday, Nasa astronaut Nick Hague answered Pitt “absolutely” – getting a big laugh. Pitt’s Hollywood pal George Clooney starred in the 2013 space film Gravity.

George Clooney as an astronaut in 2013 space movie, 'Gravity'. Warner Bros

Hague and the rest of the International Space Station crew previewed Ad Astra a few weeks ago. The movie opens Friday, September 20 down here on Earth.

Pitt portrays an astronaut who travels through the solar system to find his father. The film includes Nasa shots of the Moon and Mars.

“How’d we do? How was our zero-G?” Pitt asked from Nasa headquarters in Washington.

In this image taken from Nasa video, actor Brad Pitt, left, star of the new space movie 'Ad Astra,' speaks from Nasa headquarters in Washington, to astronaut Nick Hague aboard the International Space Station, on Monday, September 16, 2019. AP

“I got to tell you, it was really good,” said Hague, six months into his own six-and-a half-month mission.

“The depictions, the settings all as you can tell look very similar to the type of setting I’ve got around me. I got to imagine it was a lot easier for me to kind of enjoy the zero-G than it was you,” he said.

Pitt noted the movie’s spaceship was “a bit cleaner” than the station.

After asking about spacewalking and seeing Earth from space, Pitt said: “Most important question: who controls the jam box?” Answer: The astronauts take turns. With three Americans, two Russians and an Italian on board, the music has an “international flair”, Hague said.

The 20-minute chat ended with Pitt saying: “I can’t wait to brag to my kids.”

Updated: September 17, 2019 11:49 AM