In an interview, director Rian Johnson (Star Wars VIII, Looper) revealed an original request from Apple to say the least.

The bad guys don’t have an iPhone! We don’t invent it, but that’s what Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more recently Knives Out, in an interview with Vanity Fair. The filmmaker has revealed a production secret that not everyone knew until now.

“Apple … they let us use iPhones in movies, but, this is crucial if you’re watching a mystery movie, the bad guys can’t have an iPhone in it.”, Johnson explained. It will therefore not be possible to see Darth Vader, Voldemort or Sauron make a phone call with an iPhone, it will necessarily be with a phone from another brand.

Apple (very) demanding with the bad guys in the movies

A hitherto well-kept secret that could be a game-changer in the way we watch a movie. “All the filmmakers who have a villain in their movie, supposed to be a secret, are going to want to kill me now”, joke Rian Johnson. And for good reason: if a character has an iPhone in his hands, it is therefore necessarily that he is on the safe side! If there’s no risk of it ruining his latest movie completely, Knives Out, in which every character is suspected at one point or another in the film, if you haven’t seen them, now you will know right away who is not a suspect.

The American director has therefore lifted the veil on a myth long suspected by some moviegoers. Already, in 2002, Wired exposed a theory according to which in the series 24 Hours chrono, the good guys would still use Mac computers, while the bad guys would always run Windows. A detail almost confirmed today.

According to MacRumors, it would go even further. Apple would be very demanding with the way in which its products are shown in theaters and believes that they should only be used “in the best light, in a way or in a context that favorably shows Apple and its products.” So it’s become the rule, if you’re not nice: no iPhone!

Sources: Vanity Fair, The Verge, Wired, MacRumors