June 19th, 2020 / 1 Comment

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In this exclusive new video from Entertainment Weekly, Rob, John David Washington, and Elizabeth Debicki talk about the filming of Tenet.

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More stills and info after the cut

UPDATE: Added 2 more promo stills thanks to EW and extracts from EW’s article “Behind the Scenes of Tenet” which includes some comments from Rob and possibly some information about his character thanks to Christopher Nolan:

“[Tenet is] kind of a unicorn of a movie anyway, because it’s not based on an IP thing,” says Pattinson. “But after all this — hopefully it will be a ridiculously overwhelming experience.”

It says a lot about the level of secrecy surrounding Tenet that, when Pattinson met with Nolan in Los Angeles in early 2019, he didn’t even know what the meeting was for. “We talked for three hours about nothing, really,” says the actor, 34. “Then, he finally said in the last two minutes, ‘So, I’ve been writing this thing…’”

Pattinson, meanwhile, plays someone named Neil — possibly. “We think he may be called Neil,” says Nolan with a laugh. “You never really quite know what’s going on with these identities.” Nolan describes Neil — or whatever he is called — as a “slightly rascally character who operates within what they refer to as this twilight world of operatives in different secret services.”

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. 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.” (Lest anyone have any concerns about the safety on-set, “Rob is being typically cheeky and self-deprecating,” says Nolan. “His day of ‘stunt training’ was actually a day of ability assessment by our stunt team who found him to be an excellent driver more than capable of safely performing the required shots, none of which, for the record were as difficult as parallel parking.”)

Pattinson’s glee at being allowed to do “the fun stuff” was a by-product of Nolan’s desire to film as much as possible practically, without resorting to CG or other effects; when he needed to destroy a plane, he didn’t use miniatures — he bought an old Boeing 747 and blew it up. 

In early March, four months after EW’s set visit in the California desert, Pattinson, Washington, and Debicki met up in the rather less dusty environs of a photo studio in London — where Pattinson was shooting The Batman â€” for the EW Tenet cover shoot. When I thanked Pattinson for showing up despite growing concerns about COVID-19, he made it clear it was no big deal. 

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Source: @EW | EW

  • sue
    Posted on June 19, 2020

    Great little interview. Looking forward to seeing them together on the big screen very soon.

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