The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Hosts An Official Academy Members Screening Of The science in "Interstellar" has been a hot debate topic since the movie's release last week. Some scientists have been highly critical of its "bad science"; others, like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, have praised the film for getting black holes, gravity, and relativity right.

Now, director Christopher Nolan is speaking up about those criticisms in an interview with The Daily Beast. He claims to "be fine" with the fact that his movies are held to "weirdly high standard for those issues that isn't applied to everybody else's films."

"People are always accusing my films of having plot holes, and I'm very aware of the plot holes in my films and very aware of when people spot them, but they generally don't," he says.

One much-discussed plot hole involves time dilation on a planet near a black hole. [SPOILERS!!!!] On the first planet that Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway land on, every hour on that planet equals seven years on Earth. To achieve that time dilation, the planet would have to orbit extremely close to the black hole - but if it was too close, it would be torn apart.

"Like 'a basketball on the rim,' which is a phrase we use! That's completely accurate, so there's no hole there at all," Nolan explains.

The director acknowledges some rules were bent, but that he ran them all by physicist Kip Thorne, who served as a consultant on the film.

"There have been a bunch of knee-jerk tweets by people who've only seen the film once, but to really take on the science of the film, you're going to need to sit down with the film for a bit and probably also read Kip's book," Nolan says. "I know where we cheated in the way you have to cheat in movies, and I've made Kip aware of those things."

Fiction in a science fiction movie - who would've thought?

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