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Don't Look Up 1-800 Bash Phone Number Takes People To 'Sex Line'

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Don't Look Up 1-800 Bash Phone Number Takes People To 'Sex Line'

Don't Look Up finally hit our screens a couple of weeks ago.

The long-awaited release follows two astronomers who try desperately to warn the public and the decidedly uninterested media of a comet that's about to hit the planet and destroy all life.

But while some have praised the film for being one of the funniest and most prescient of our time, others have blasted it for being two hours and 25 minutes of smug Hollywood drivel.

Whatever your opinion of the film, though, one scene managed to grab a lot of people's attention, because it includes the phone number for a 'sex line'.

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During a fake public service announcement, White House chief science advisor Dr. Randall Mindy - played by Leonardo DiCaprio - encourages people to call a 1-800 number for some 'peace of mind' about the incoming ball of death.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as an astronomer trying to warn people of an incoming comet. Credit: Netflix
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as an astronomer trying to warn people of an incoming comet. Credit: Netflix

He says: "Right now, millions of you are having theses same doubts and questions about the approaching comet.

"That is why BASH Cellular, in conjunction with the United States government, is creating a new hotline, free of charge, to answer all of your questions.

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"And who knows? Maybe, just maybe one of our scientists can be that friend we all need to lean on during uncertain times."

However, it turns out that when people actually call 1-800-532-4500, it brings them to what appears to be a sex line.

Those who have phoned it have been greeted by: "Welcome to America's hottest hotline. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press one now.

"Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press two to connect free now."

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The phone number leads to a 'sex line'. Credit: Netflix
The phone number leads to a 'sex line'. Credit: Netflix

It looks like the number was specifically set up as a joke by the film's director Adam McKay, because most films tend to use 555 at the start of fictional phone numbers to avoid this kind of mix-up.

Last week, viewers thought they had spotted a huge error in the film, which stars the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep.

Just after the 1 hour and 28 minute mark, as astronomer Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) hangs out with Yule (Chalamet) and his skater buddies, around a dozen masked film crew members can be seen in a shot that lasts no longer than a couple of seconds.

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Filmmaker Ben Köhler highlighted the mistake in a TikTok video captioned 'oopsy' which has been viewed 1.3 million times.


Examining the scene in question, he said: "So, hey guys, I was just watching Don't Look Up, and at 1hr 28mins and 10 seconds it looks like you can see the whole film crew standing here, for like three or four frames.

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"They're like, 'Oh, they probably won't notice that.'"

However, while it may very well be a great spot, McKay said it wasn't the gaffe some had thought.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "Good eye! We left that blip of the crew in on purpose to commemorate the strange filming experience."

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, US News, Netflix

Dominic Smithers
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