In this paragraph, the plausibility of some passages of the film is questioned.
Bill Barry has loved outer space since he was four years old. Years later, Barry became an Air Force pilot. Then in 2001, he joined NASA, and for the past seven years has served as the space agency’s chief historian, based in Washington, D.C.
Barry has provided feedback for movies and TV shows before. But, he notes, this was never to the extent he did on Hidden Figures. His main job was to review the script and point out inaccuracies1
, or lines that a NASA person would never say. He was brought in after the script was written. Still, he notes, the filmmakers were willing to revise the script “to reflect things that should or shouldn’t be in it.”
But the filmmakers did not always heed2
his advice. “There’s a scene where Mary Jackson walks through the wind tunnel,” he notes. Along the way, she gets one of her high heels stuck. “People don’t walk through a wind tunnel at NASA,” Barry told them. But Ted Melfi chose to keep this scene anyway. He liked its dramatic touch.