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Don't Look Up Director Explains 'Mistake' Noticed By Viewers

Jake Massey

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Don't Look Up Director Explains 'Mistake' Noticed By Viewers

The director of Don't Look Up has explained an apparent mistake spotted by eagle-eyed viewers. Check it out here:


The star-studded movie dropped on Netflix on Christmas Eve and seems to have well and truly divided viewers - with some hailing it as 'flawless', and others lamenting the best part of two-and-a-half hours lost.

But whether you think the comedy-drama is an illuminating satire of modern society or a heavy-handed swing and a miss, there is one scene which seems to contain an obvious error.

Just after the 1 hour and 28 minute mark, as astronomer Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) hangs out with Yule (Timothée 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.

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.

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

But while it may be a great spot, director Adam McKay said it wasn't in fact an 'oopsy'.

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

So there you go, it wasn't a mistake... Either that or McKay has done a decent job of thinking on his feet.

If you haven't seen the film yet, on paper it should have enough to entice you.

As well as having Anchorman and Step Brothers director McKay at the helm, the cast is absolutely bristling with stars, such as: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Ariana Grande, among others.

The film follows two astronomers (DiCaprio and Lawrence) as they attempt to warn a largely uninterested planet of an inbound comet.

Reviews have been mixed. Credit: Netflix/Bluegrass Films
Reviews have been mixed. Credit: Netflix/Bluegrass Films

The synopsis reads: "Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humankind of a planet-killing comet hurtling towards Earth.

"The response from a distracted world: Meh."

As for the response to the film, it has been very much mixed, among critics and viewers alike.

One review describes it as a 'smug disaster', the next labels it the 'funniest film of the year'.

So if you fancy skipping the next insufferable family board game, it might be worth seeing it for yourself and coming to your own conclusion.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix/Bluegrass Films

Topics: TV and Film, Netflix, Leonardo DiCaprio

Jake Massey
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