Turns out, stars are just like us, at least when it comes to being confused by Christopher Nolan‘s movies. As part of Esquire’s new profile on “Tenet” leading star John David Washington, his co-star Robert Pattinson acknowledged he often relied on Washington to help him understand the plot of the film as they were filming.
“It’s an incredibly complicated movie, like all of Chris’s movies,” Pattinson told Esquire. “I mean, you have to watch them when they’re completely finished and edited three or four times to understand what the true meaning is.” Indeed, based on what little we’ve seen on “Tenet” so far, the film seems to be as complex if not more so than Nolan’s previous big sci-fi hit, “Inception,” which still inspires discussions over its ending.
Pattinson added, “When you’re doing them, I mean, there were months at a time where I’m like, ‘Am I . . . I actually, honestly, have no idea if I’m even vaguely understanding what’s happening.’ And yeah, I would definitely say that to John David. On the last day, I asked him a question about what was happening in a scene, and it was just so profoundly the wrong take on the character. And it was like, ‘Have you been thinking this the entire time?'”
The actor said “There’s definitely a bond in the end in kind of hiding the fact that maybe neither one of us knew exactly what was going on. But then I thought, Ah, but John David actually did know. He had to know what was going on.” Though Pattinson claims he didn’t fully understand “Tenet,” his director, Christopher Nolan, maintains that he did.
Earlier this month, the filmmaker told GQ magazine “The interesting thing with Rob is, he’s slightly fucking with you, but he’s also disarmingly honest,” Nolan said, laughing. “Rob’s read on the script was extremely acute. But he also understood the ambiguities of the film and the possibilities that spin off in the mind around the story.”