Rian Johnson Ruined All Twist Endings By Revealing Villains Aren't Allowed To Use iPhones

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From Esquire

Apple has a pretty strict rule when it comes to who uses its products onscreen, filmmaker Rian Johnson has revealed.

While breaking down a scene from his most recent film, the critically-acclaimed whodunit Knives Out, the writer-director told Vanity Fair that the tech brand only allow good guys to be seen using iPhones – or any of its products – on camera.

"I don't know if I should tell you this," he laughed in the video, as he discussed a shot of Jamie Lee Curtis's character holding a device in frame. "Not because it's, like, lascivious or anything, but because it's gonna screw me on the next mystery movie that I write.

"Forget it, I'll say it, it's very interesting... 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."

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Johnson then joked that every single filmmaker who has a secret villain in their movie probably "wants to murder [him] right now" for revealing Apple's weird product placement demand.

Knives Out follows the Thrombeys, a wealthy family that finds itself at the centre of a murder investigation when the clan patriarch (played by Christopher Plummer) winds up dead on the night of his 85th birthday.

The film boasts a star-studded cast including Katherine Langford, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas. You'll have to watch it to find out which kinds of phone they all carry.

Knives Out is out in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray on 30 March

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