director-star. “When Chris cast me in the picture, he was at great pains to make sure that I understood that this character was unremittingly dark and that he was a pitiless, avaricious, mean, desperate, terrifyingly dangerous individual.” Debicki portrays his estranged wife, “who’s got herself into a very tricky situation with her husband,” says Nolan. “Her relationship with John David is ambiguous and complicated.” Washington, Pattinson, Debicki, and Branagh were all in the film’s first trailer and in a second promo clip released in May. But Taylor-Johnson is seemingly absent from them and does not appear in any of the movie’s stills so far. “Aaron Taylor-Johnson is indeed in the film,” says Nolan. “He’s an important part of the film. Yes, there are no photographs of him, this is true. He is briefly glimpsed in the [second] trailer. He’s also completely unrecognizable. There are all kinds of things that happen in terms of where the story goes as the film develops and where it winds up in the later stages that we don’t want to spoil for people.” Nolan shot in seven different countries, something that now seems Express close to science fiction in this period of lockdowns and quarantines. By the time of EW’s set visit, the production had filmed in India, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, and the United Kingdom. “I think if you’re working on a film where you come in on Tuesday and there’s a bluescreen and then you change it on Wednesday to a greenscreen, no one’s really going to care,” says Nolan. “But if [you are in] Tallinn in Estonia and then you get on a plane and you’re in Amalfi in Italy, it’s an incredible change of scene and brings with it a feeling that seeps into the movie.” The cast and crew spent seven weeks shooting material in Estonia—longer than many films’ entire shooting schedule—including an elaborate car-chase sequence. “It’s funny, I did one day’s training for the stunt driving,” says Pattinson. “I thought that I wasn’t going to be doing any stunt driving in it, but then I ended up doing tons and tons.” insurers should probably skip over the next bit.) “I remember doing one sequence where me and John David are in a BMW with an IMAX camera rigged on the hood, which means you can’t see anything through the windscreen, basically. And also, if you turn even slightly too much to the left or right, the rig hits the road, which is kind of terrifying. John David’s turning to me and saying, ‘Are you, like, a stunt driver or something? Have you rehearsed this?’ Under normal circumstances you wouldn’t really be allowed to do this. But Chris has so much control over the set, you get to do the actual fun stuff, which normally would be reserved for experts and not people who can’t even parallel park.” Pattinson’s glee at being allowed to do “the fun stuff” was a by-product of Tenet (Tenet’s “ALL [NOLAN’S] MOVIES ARE MADE FOR A BIG SCREEN. IT WILL BE A RIDICULOUSLY OVERWHELMING EXPERIENCE.” Tenet ROBERT PATTINSON EW ● COM 29 JULY 2020
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