“You have no one co-signing your fantasy,’’ Damon says. “It is kind of like when you were a kid making a game up in your room. It’s entirely dependent on not cracking. It was the challenge of the movie and kind of why I wanted to do it.’’

(source: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/9fab0264d1f0481984b1380e6bc613c7/damon-scott-book-return-space-martian)

I don't have a grasp of the phrase "It's entirely dependent on not cracking"

I looked up the meaning of cracking in the dictionary but I couldn't find the relevant one.

  • Hard to say. "Giving up" or "breaking down under pressure" could be the intended meaning, but doesn't really fit that well.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 12, 2015 at 12:12
  • What does the dictionary tell you about crack?
    – Drew
    Oct 12, 2015 at 16:03
  • 1
    @Drew - Just say no.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 12, 2015 at 18:51

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I believe that here "cracking" has the meaning of giving up under pressure (or not giving up in this context). It's about being constant and not abandoning what you've started.

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