Josh Hartnett’s career hit its apex around 2001, the year in which the now 36-year-old — who’d built up indie cred with such films as The Virgin Suicides and The Faculty — played the lead in two mega-hyped blockbusters: Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor and Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down. Hartnett could get a meeting with any big-name filmmaker in the years that followed, at one point sitting down with Christopher Nolan as the writer-director was prepping the game-changing Batman Begins. “People don’t like being told no. I learned my lesson when [writer-director] Christopher Nolan and I talked about Batman.
When Hollywood wants to visit outer space, it often turns to NASA’s Bert Ulrich to help them get there. As the agency’s multimedia liaison for film and TV collaborations, Ulrich helps facilitate and guide the massive demand for resources, insight, and permissions that NASA receives from the entertainment industry. If it deals with astronauts, we’ll try to have them talk with astronauts.