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In Case You Were Wondering, Darth Vader Wouldn’t Be an Apple Guy, Says Apple (and Rian Johnson)

By Kate Hudson | Celebrity | February 27, 2020 |

By Kate Hudson | Celebrity | February 27, 2020 |


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I’m going to let you in on a little secret—I didn’t really like Knives Out. Now, before you take to your keyboards to tell me I have terrible taste (which, btw, you will get no arguments from me here) I need to tell you that yes, I kept an open mind because this was a movie about a murder most foul, and not about convicts taking over a plane or vampires that sPaRkLe. We all have our tastes. It just wasn’t for me.

That said, basically everyone else f*cking LOVED it. Like, L-O-V-E-D it. Can’t get enough of it! So people are still talking about it, even though it came out in November and it’s February (ha ha ha, this year seems like it will last forever, doesn’t it?!) I mean, yes, it’s recently been released on streaming, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, I was minding my own business on People.com, like I do every day, when I saw this headline and I had to click because this is one of those things that you probably haven’t noticed before but will never not be able to notice again: “Apple Won’t Let Villainous Characters Use iPhones in Movies, Claims Knives Out Director.”

Yup, according to Rian Johnson — who also directed Looper. Have I mentioned how much I enjoy Looper? Because I do. Any movie about time travel and Emily Blunt already has my attention — it’s a well-known thing for directors, and now they’re probably all out for his blood for spilling the secret. Per People:

In a scene breakdown from his movie for Vanity Fair, the Oscar-nominated writer/director, revealed Apple is mindful about how its products are portrayed in movies and TV shows. Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies but — and this is very pivotal if you’re ever watching a mystery movie — bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera,” Johnson, 46, claimed.

“Every single filmmaker that has a bad guy in their movie that’s supposed to be a secret wants to murder me right now.

So if you’ve been holding out hope for Darth Vader to ask Siri a question, you can keep dreaming, pal. Never going to happen. Want to see Cyrus the Virus, back from the dead to star in Con Air 2: Hummingbird Has Fallen, the exciting sequel to Con Air and the next entry into the Has Fallen franchise pull out the Apple Health app to see his steps, while he’s terrorizing society? Not in this lifetime, pal.

Look, unless you’re one of those people who are really, really into Apple this probably changes nothing for you. All this means is that you have a new clue for who the bad guy is when they pull out their phone, which is probably why other directors aren’t jazzed with Johnson at the moment. I mean, no one has come to me, specifically, and said as much, but, you know, it could happen.



Kate is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.




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