Robert Pattinson: ‘Tenet is an incredibly complicated movie’

Robert Pattinson has admitted he struggled to understand the plot of his mysterious new movie Tenet.The 34-year-old actor is one of the many big names in the star-studded cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming spy thriller, including John David Washingto…

Robert Pattinson has admitted he struggled to understand the plot of his mysterious new movie Tenet.

The 34-year-old actor is one of the many big names in the star-studded cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming spy thriller, including John David Washington, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

However, he has now confessed to Esquire magazine that he had absolutely no idea what the screenplay was about, even while shooting the film.

“It’s an incredibly complicated movie, like all of Chris’s movies. I mean, you have to watch them when they’re completely finished and edited three or four times to understand what the true meaning is,” Pattinson quipped. “When you’re doing them, I mean, there were months at a time where I’m like, ‘Am I… I actually, honestly, have no idea if I’m even vaguely understanding what’s happening’. I would definitely say that to John David.”

The Twilight star went on to reveal he was so dumbfounded by the narrative that he inadvertently discovered he had interpreted his character differently to how Nolan wanted him to play it.

“On the last day, I asked him a question about what was happening in a scene, and it was just so profoundly the wrong take on the character. And it was like, ‘Have you been thinking this the entire time?'” he explained. “There’s definitely a bond in the end in kind of hiding the fact that maybe neither one of us knew exactly what was going on. But then I thought, ‘Ah, but John David actually did know. He had to know what was going on.'”

Tenet is set to be released on 17 July.

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Christopher Nolan blew up real Boeing 747 plane for Tenet scene

Christopher Nolan bought an old Boeing 747 plane to blow up for a key scene in Tenet because it was more efficient than using special effects.The Inception director discussed details about the “time inversion” thriller in an interview with Total Film m…

Christopher Nolan bought an old Boeing 747 plane to blow up for a key scene in Tenet because it was more efficient than using special effects.

The Inception director discussed details about the “time inversion” thriller in an interview with Total Film magazine, and revealed that he scrapped plans to use computer-generated imagery (CGI) for one scene after stumbling across a huge collection of old planes while scouting for locations in California.

“I planned to do it using miniatures and set-piece builds and a combination of visual effects and all the rest,” Nolan explained. “However, while scouting for locations in Victorville, California, the team discovered a massive array of old planes.”

The 49-year-old filmmaker joked that it was an “impulse buy”, but proved to be just as efficient as using special effects.

“(It was) actually be more efficient to buy a real plane of the real size, and perform this sequence for real in-camera, rather than build miniatures or go the CG route,” Nolan shared.

“It’s a strange thing to talk about – a kind of impulse buying, I suppose,” he continued. “But we kind of did, and it worked very well, with Scott Fisher, our special effects supervisor, and Nathan Crowley, the production designer, figuring out how to pull off this big sequence in-camera… It was a very exciting thing to be a part of.”

A snippet showing the plane crashing into a building appeared in the film’s new trailer, which was released last week.

When asked about the stunt in an interview with Cinemablend, star John David Washington said: “That was a real plane, and that was a real building that they crashed that plane into. And we, cast and crew, all witnessed it. It was epic! It was incredible, we all cheered and hurrayed and hurrahed when they yelled cut after Chris felt like he got it.”

Tenet, also starring Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki, is due for release on 17 July.

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Robert Pattinson re-evaluated career when he ran out of work

Robert Pattinson re-evaluated the viability of his career in quirky independent movies when he started 2019 without a job.The British actor found fame with mainstream movies such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Twilight franchise before …

Robert Pattinson re-evaluated the viability of his career in quirky independent movies when he started 2019 without a job.

The British actor found fame with mainstream movies such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Twilight franchise before taking the indie route, with him starring in a range of niche films such as Good Time, High Life, and The Lighthouse.

And although he received critical acclaim for his performances in these projects, Pattinson realised in early 2019 that they weren’t giving him commercial appeal because not enough mainstream audiences were watching them.

“I started the beginning of last year with no job. And I was calling my agent and just being like—I had gotten good reviews in stuff—and I was like, ‘What the f**k? I thought this was a pretty good year, and I’m f**king starting the year like I’ve just done a pile of trash,’” he recalled to GQ magazine.

His agent explained that he wasn’t “on the list” for blockbuster films because “everyone thinks you don’t want to do any of this stuff”.

That conversation made him recognise he wanted to make those types of films too, to help give his career more stability.

“Just something which you could kind of rely on a little bit more,” the 34-year-old sighed. “The problem which I was finding was, however much I loved the movies I was doing, no one sees them. And so, it’s kind of this frightening thing, ‘cause I don’t know how viable this is for a career.… I don’t know how many people there actually are in the industry who are willing to back you without any commercial viability whatsoever.”

Soon after he made it known he was interested in studio projects, Pattinson was hired by Christopher Nolan to star alongside John David Washington in Tenet, and while he was making that film, he was offered the lead in Matt Reeves’s The Batman.

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Robert Pattinson: ‘The anticipation for The Batman energises me’

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance. The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and…

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance.

The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shut down.

In a new profile piece with GQ magazine, the 34-year-old was asked why he wanted to take on such a well-known role and he explained that being part of that legacy and feeling fans’ excitement was appealing.

“It’s a legacy part, right? I like that. There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened,” he shared. “You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energises you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy.”

The Caped Crusader has been portrayed onscreen many times by the likes of Christian Bale, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck, but rather than being daunted by following in their footsteps, Pattinson has enjoyed trying to find his own version of the character.

“I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character,” the British star explained. “And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening?”

Pattinson will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is scheduled to open in cinemas in July. Fans were under the assumption the mysterious film involved time travel, given the reversed action seen in the trailer, but the actor insisted to GQ: “He’s not a time traveller. There’s actually no time travelling. That’s, like, the one thing I’m approved to say.”

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Christopher Nolan wants Tenet to re-open cinemas

Christopher Nolan wants his upcoming blockbuster Tenet to be the major studio release that re-opens cinemas. With cinemas around the world closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie studio executives have been reshuffling their release date calendar…

Christopher Nolan wants his upcoming blockbuster Tenet to be the major studio release that re-opens cinemas.

With cinemas around the world closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie studio executives have been reshuffling their release date calendars, with big tentpoles such as Wonder Woman 1984, Fast & Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II, Black Widow, and more being postponed.

However, amid all the reshuffles, Warner Bros. officials have stood firm with Tenet, Nolan’s latest time-travel movie starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, and have remained committed to a release date of 17 July, making it the next major studio film to hit cinemas, if they are re-opened by then.

In an earnings call, IMAX chief executive officer Richard Gelfond shared that the Inception filmmaker was determined for his movie to be the one to relaunch theatres following the coronavirus crisis.

“Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theatres. I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theatres re-opened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan,” he said, according to Variety.

Gelfond also confirmed that Warner Bros. and IMAX staff are currently preparing for the film to debut that day.

His comments come weeks after Warner Bros. chief executive officer Ann Sarnoff insisted that Tenet will receive a theatrical release.

“We are committed to – and are excited about – releasing Tenet in theatres this summer or whenever theatres reopen,” she said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “We remain supportive of the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and are confident that our tentpole titles, including Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, are exactly the type of films that will have people eager to return to theatre.”

Tenet, which also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, revolves around a secret agent who is tasked with using time travel to stop World War III.

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Spike Lee criticises decision to reopen cinemas

Spike Lee has spoken out against the decision to reopen cinemas in Georgia despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp recently announced that he would be relaxing quarantine restrictions and reopening select non-essential bu…

Spike Lee has spoken out against the decision to reopen cinemas in Georgia despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp recently announced that he would be relaxing quarantine restrictions and reopening select non-essential businesses, such as cinemas, beginning 27 April. His decision has sparked controversy, with many believing it is too soon to go back to movie theatres, given that the Covid-19 pandemic is still sweeping America, the country currently worst affected by the crisis.

The BlackKklansman director made it clear that he doesn’t support the decision in a statement to Vanity Fair, in which he stated that the focus should be on testing people for the virus.

“Open Movie Theatres Now? Hell To Da Naw,” Lee wrote in an email in his signature style. “I Got Alot More Movies To Make, Not Rollin’ Da Dice Wit’ Da Only Life I Got. TESTING. TESTING And Mo’ TESTING (sic).”

Lee isn’t the only filmmaker taking a stand. Veep creator Armando Iannucci took to Twitter this week to make it known that he doesn’t support his film The Death of Stalin being shown in the reopened movie theatres.

“I’d like to make it clear I don’t approve of any of my films being shown in US movie theatres before it’s clear the virus has been overcome. So, I don’t approve of The Death of Stalin being shown in US movie theatres as early as May 29th. That’s simply too early,” he wrote.

Officials at IFC Films, which distributed his satire, announced this week that they would be making 200 of their titles available for free to independent movie theatre owners looking to fill their slates when they reopen.

There won’t be any new studio films to populate the cinema schedules for weeks as they have all been postponed due to the crisis. The next big releases are Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, which are currently slated to open in July.

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In the Heights postponed until summer 2021

Jon M. Chu’s movie musical In the Heights has been postponed by a year to summer 2021.The Crazy Rich Asians director was just 20 days away from completing post-production on the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning stage musical …

Jon M. Chu’s movie musical In the Heights has been postponed by a year to summer 2021.

The Crazy Rich Asians director was just 20 days away from completing post-production on the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning stage musical when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Accordingly, crew members were forced to work remotely in line with social distancing measures, and as a consequence, the film wouldn’t have been completed in time for its original 26 June 2020 release date.

Warner Bros. executives pulled the musical from their calendar back in March, and on Tuesday, they set a new date – 18 June 2021, almost a year after it was originally set to hit cinemas.

“After long conversations & sleepless nights of uncertainty, we have decided the best time to release #InTheHeightsMovie is next summer when people will feel the MOST comfortable celebrating in a movie theater TOGETHER,” Chu wrote on Twitter. “I know it’s much later than we wanted but… #InTheHeightsMovie didn’t take 10 years to get made only to be left in half-empty theaters w/out the crowd it deserves!! So thank you 4 ur patience & faith…and when we get through this time & the movie comes out we are throwing a HUGE EFFING PARTY LIKE YOUVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE (sic).”

The Hamilton creator retweeted Chu’s message and added lyrics from the show, writing, “So we’ve got the summer and we’ve got each other Perhaps even longer,” alongside heartbroken and multiple clock emojis.

The Mary Poppins Returns actor created In the Heights and originated the lead role of bodega owner Usnavi, who will be portrayed by Hamilton star Anthony Ramos in the film. Miranda will have a small role alongside the likes of Stephanie Beatriz and Corey Hawkins.

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. executives reshuffled more of the studio’s schedule, announcing delays to films including The Batman, Shazam 2, and The Many Saints of Newark. They are currently still keeping the dates for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet in July and Wonder Woman 1984 in August.

On Tuesday, they also confirmed they were scrapping the theatrical run of new animated Scooby-Doo movie, Scoob!, and releasing it on-demand instead. The film will be available to rent or buy at home from 15 May.

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Michael Caine has no idea what Tenet is about

Michael Caine is clueless about the plot of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Tenet as he’s yet to see the full script. The veteran British actor stars alongside John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki in Nolan’s latest movie, w…

Michael Caine is clueless about the plot of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Tenet as he’s yet to see the full script.

The veteran British actor stars alongside John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki in Nolan’s latest movie, which follows a secret agent who attempts to prevent World War III using time travel. However, like all Nolan films, specific details are unknown.

When asked about the movie by The Hindu, Caine admitted he didn’t know what Tenet meant and had no idea what the film is really about.

“(Nolan) is so secretive he won’t let me have the script. All I had was one day’s work and he gave me my pages. I did my part and shot only with John David. I haven’t heard anything since,” he said.

Caine is a frequent Nolan collaborator, with him appearing in all of the British filmmaker’s projects ever since Batman Begins in 2005.

“All the films I have made with him have raked in over a billion dollars, so he has to have me in a film even if he has no part for me. In Dunkirk, I was only a voice-over and I got billing in the credit title,” the Alfie actor added.

In the interview, he also recalled his first meeting with the Inception helmer – when Nolan turned up at his house with a script and asked him to star in Batman Begins.

“I told him, ‘I am too old for Batman. Do you want me to play the butler? What would my dialogue be? ‘Would you like another beverage or more custard?'” Caine, who played Batman/Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth, joked. “So, I did the movie and it was one of the greatest things I have done in my life.”

Tenet is scheduled to hit cinemas in July.

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John David Washington was ‘terrified’ during Tenet stunts

John David Washington had to hide his terror while performing stunts for Christopher Nolan’s new spy thriller Tenet.The BlacKkKlansman actor leads an all-star cast including Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh in Nolan’s latest blo…

John David Washington had to hide his terror while performing stunts for Christopher Nolan’s new spy thriller Tenet.

The BlacKkKlansman actor leads an all-star cast including Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh in Nolan’s latest blockbuster, which includes huge action set-pieces shot in seven countries.

But Washington, the son of movie star Denzel Washington, has now admitted that he was scared out of his wits during some of the stunts, with one he filmed alongside Debicki on a boat proving to be particularly frightening.

“I was terrified, but when Christopher Nolan yelled ‘Action!’ I had to throw all that away and make it look cool,” the 35-year-old told Entertainment Weekly.

Asked why he was so worried, Washington added: “Because it’s a boat, man! I don’t know how to drive a boat! But I had to act like I did.”

However, Nolan was full of praise for his leading man, noting the athleticism Washington developed during a short American football career was vital to the film.

“He’s a massively talented actor and physically gifted,” the director said. “He’s an athlete and pretty hard for anybody to keep up with, including the different vehicles we shot him from – cars and helicopters. This guy moves.”

In addition, Nolan insisted Tenet has been an even more ambitious undertaking than his previous blockbusters, including Inception, Interstellar, and Dunkirk.

“We’re crossing a few different genres in a hopefully exciting and fresh way,” he explained. “Emma (Thomas, producer) and I have put together a lot of large-scale productions, but this is certainly the biggest in terms of international reach. We shot in seven countries, all over the place, with a massive cast and huge set pieces. There’s no question, it’s the most ambitious film we’ve made.”

Tenet is slated for release in July 2020.

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Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in Batman role

Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in his portrayal of Batman.The Brit is the next actor to take on the DC Comics hero and is looking to make his experience on director Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster as immersive as possible. “Now that I’m start…

Robert Pattinson wants to lose himself in his portrayal of Batman.

The Brit is the next actor to take on the DC Comics hero and is looking to make his experience on director Matt Reeves’ upcoming blockbuster as immersive as possible.

“Now that I’m starting to get into it, I don’t want to approach it as kind of a big studio thing where all you’re really doing is thinking about your trailer. I want to approach it in exactly the same way (I usually do), I want it to be frightening, I want it to be something you lose yourself in,” he told the BBC. “It’s more difficult to do because it’s such a familiar character to lots of people, but I think… if you can find a way to lose yourself in it, I think that’s really exciting.”

The Twilight star found out he was going to play the crime-fighting alter ego of billionaire Bruce Wayne while filming Christopher Nolan’s mysterious new espionage drama, Tenet.

“I wanted to do something on a big stage, and so I ended up doing Chris Nolan’s movie, which I was really, really happy about at the beginning of this year. And then Batman was kind of a surprise to me,” he explained.

Pattinson is currently starring in The Lighthouse opposite Willem Dafoe and recently revealed that he was inspired by the Hollywood veteran when trying out new voices for Batman.

“Willem’s voice in this was quite inspiring for it, to be honest,” he told Access Hollywood. “It is pretty similar, the voice I’m gonna do, to Willem’s. I think Batman has a sort of piratey kind of voice – I think that will really suit it.”

The Batman, also starring Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Paul Dano as The Riddler, will be released in 2021.

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