Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is apparently so complicated that its star Robert Pattinson had the complete wrong take on his character throughout production.
Pattinson himself admitted as much after being quizzed by Esquire about his collaboration with John David Washington on the blockbuster.
“It’s an incredibly complicated movie, like all of Chris’s movies. 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.”
“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.’”
During his times of doubt, Pattinson would turn to Washington and reveal just how lost he was. But it wasn’t until the last day of production, when Pattinson asked Washington a question about a scene, that he realised he had “profoundly the wrong take on the character.”
Washington’s response to Pattinson was, “Have you been thinking this the entire time?” Ultimately, though, Pattinson insists that this only made the bond between the pair tighter.
“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.”
Tenet is still currently scheduled to hit cinemas on July 17, although there’s a very, very good chance that its release date will be pushed back because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Pattinson’s turn as The Batman has already been pushed back several weeks to October 1, 2021, too.