What's the Difference between The Martian the Book and The Martian the Movie?

Science Fiction

The Martian

Released: 2011
Author: Andy Weir

The Martian

Released: 2015
Director: Ridley Scott
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Mark Watney
Mark Watney
Portrayed by: Matt Damon
Mark Watney's parents
This Character does not appear.
Melissa Lewis
Melissa Lewis
Portrayed by: Jessica Chastain
Venkat Kapoor
Vincent Kapoor
Portrayed by: Chiwetel Ejiofor
The Martian Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   After Mark gets the Pathfinder working and realizes the signal was received by NASA he sits down and cries a lot. This doesn't happen.
   When Mark and Kapoor have their first contact and Mark learns that the crew doesn't know he is alive he swears. He is told to watch his language. He then says "Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.) What Mark says isn't shown, but it is made to appear as if it is bad and not an attempt at humor. Teddy is seen apologizing to the President in the next scene.
   Kapoor and Bruce communicate with Mark from JPL via the Pathfinder computers. That is all they have. They have set up an exact replica of the Pathfinder that they use while talking with Mark.
   Mark builds a makeshift hot tub after injuring his back. He doesn't.
   Mark mistakenly shorts out the pathfinder with a drill and loses communications with Earth. He doesn't and is able to communicate the whole time.
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