Ambition is better than anything in Interstellar. That’s not hyperbole. I would rather watch Aidan Gillen as the Master to Aisling Franciosi’s the Apprentice on repeat for the length of the entire runtime of Interstellar. It’s at least a lively argument as to which experience would be more enjoyable.

At this point, Aidan Gillen is probably best known for his role as Littlefinger in Game of Thrones. But for me, Gillen will forever remain as Councilman Tommy Carcetti from The Wire. Despite a penchant for weaving in and out of accents, Gillen has worked his way into a reasonably established character actor.

Ambition is the brainchild of writer/director Tomek Baginski, and produced by Platige Image and the European Space Agency (ESA). I confess to know nothing about the current state of NASA, but the closest thing we have to this is Christopher Nolan’s recent space opera. Meanwhile, ESA is sending a probe flying into the outer limits of space to land on an asteroid AND they called their shot with Ambition.

Both the short film about the creation of worlds and the unreal achievement of actually landing a probe on an asteroid are equally awe-inspiring.  Just hearing Aidan Gillen wax poetic in Ambition is eerily reminiscent of Littlefinger’s monologue from Game of Thrones.   You should watch both clips.

“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.” — Littlefinger


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