Adam McKay Says That Shot of His Film Crew in 'Don't Look Up' Is Actually Supposed to Be There
A TikTok that points out the seemingly-accidental shot of McKay and his crew in the background of a scene has been making the rounds
Published Dec 29, 2021Adam Mckay's star-studded end-times satire Don't Look Up was released earlier this month, and while the movie's heavy-handed approach makes its ideas hard to miss, there's one moment in the film that might've gone unnoticed had you not been paying close enough attention.
A TikTok has been making the rounds lately that points out a brief moment at the film's one hour and 28-minute mark, in which you can see the film's crew — and MacKay himself — in the background of a scene set in an alleyway.
Accidents like this have happened on big-budget sets before — Game of Thrones famously featured shots of both coffee cups and water bottles in Season 8 — but this is no single plastic water bottle, and would make for a pretty glaring mistake.
The creator of the TikTok calls the scene an "oopsy," though honestly, said "oopsy" kinda seems too obvious — how often is it that a whole crew, director included, is left to stand directly in the line of a shot? — to be anything but intentional in a film that cost a cool $75 million USD to make.
McKay confirmed as much on Twitter yesterday, replying to an article about the shot and calling it a purposeful choice to "commemorate the strange filming experience."
While this kind of thing would normally seem like McKay was covering his ass after the fact, it feels pretty likely that he's telling the truth. Or maybe someone did indeed make a big oopsy! That would definitely be more fun.
You can see the TikTok below or check out the scene in question for yourself at the movie's one-hour and 28-minute mark.