Christopher Nolan Crashed an Actual Plane for Tenet

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By Bayani Miguel Acebedo | More Articles Star Wars nerd. Toy collector. Occasional Cosplayer.
May 27, 2020  12:48 PM



Christopher Nolan is always known to push the limits when it comes to his films, from having an actual spinning hallway in Inception to dropping a plane out of the sky with The Dark Knight Rises. What’s interesting is, with his next movie Tenet, they actually crashed a 747 into a hangar for that bit we see in the trailer.

Talking to Total Film (via Games Radar), Nolan explains:

“I planned to do it using miniatures and set-piece builds and a combination of visual effects and all the rest… We started to run the numbers... It became apparent that it would 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.”

Even star Robert Pattinson described how crazy the stunt looked when it was being shot. Pattinson explained, “You wouldn’t have thought there was any reality where you would be doing a scene where they just have an actual 747 to blow up! It’s so bold to the point of ridiculousness... I remember, as we were shooting it, I was thinking, ‘How many more times is this even going to be happening in a film at all?’”

No doubt this whole sequence is just one spectacle among many when it comes to Tenet. Besides the plane being crashed, Nolan is promising us some action sequences that will be all about reversing and inversing time. I have to hand it to Nolan when it comes to his movies, he is nothing but thorough.

For now, Tenet is expected to come out on July 16, but the way things are looking, WB may just as well push it back. Until we get an official announcement, the original slate stays.

Read Also: Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Graces Cover for Total Film Magazine

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Bayani Miguel Acebedo is a pop-culture dork. When he's not scouring the internet for news on the latest movies and games, he's building Star Wars model kits and playing Overwatch. He's a huge Star Wars geek, and his favorite X-Wing pilot is Jek Porkins. He likes Kevin Smith and Jared Hess movies, and he also does cosplay. What a nerd.
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