In “Glass Onion,” the thrilling sequel to 2019’s “Knives Out,” Edward Norton performs Miles Bron, a tech billionaire who invitations all his profitable, barely sycophantic associates to an island in Greece for a enjoyable getaway. Miles is extraordinarily rich and filled with out-of-the-box concepts; we study once we meet his worker Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.) that a few of his current ideas embody “Uber for biospheres,” “AI in canine = discourse,” and “youngster = NFT.” “Genius all the time seems like madness at first,” Lionel tells frightened traders, and it is apparent the entire group, if not the entire world, imagine this about Miles. His firm Alpha, we study, owns many others, together with Alpha Cosmos, Alpha Automobile, Alpha Store.
For anybody listening to the information, Miles may sound somewhat acquainted. He may sound quite a bit like Elon Musk. And on the finish of “Glass Onion” (*spoiler alert*), grasp detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) reveals Miles is not a tech genius in any respect; he is simply constructed his identify on the backs of others, which is a typical critique of Musk, too.
Author and director Rian Johnson has mirrored on whether or not Miles is definitely primarily based on Musk, and the reply is a bit sophisticated. Speaking to Wired in a Dec. 23 interview, he defined, “There’s lots of normal stuff about that type of species of tech billionaire that went instantly into it.” Musk was an inspiration, however not the inspiration. However Johnson admitted it is unusual to have created this film properly earlier than Musk acquired Twitter, however launch it when he is in the midst of the zeitgeist.
“It is so bizarre. It’s totally weird. I hope there is not some secret advertising and marketing division at Netflix that is funding this Twitter takeover,” Johnson stated. In the identical interview, he defined, “A buddy of mine stated, ‘Man, that feels prefer it was written this afternoon.’ And that is simply type of a horrible, horrible accident, you already know?”
Johnson instructed Shondaland on Dec. 20 that he particularly stayed away from basing Miles on only one explicit individual. “Once I was writing it, I discovered in a short time that it was very unuseful to think about any particular individual,” he stated. “In actual fact, it bought very boring in a short time.”
He added: “The moment it grew to become about making enjoyable of 1 man, it was not very enjoyable in any respect. What’s fascinating to me is our relationship as a society to billionaires, and the way we as Individuals need to throw poop at them and name them idiots, however we even have that unhealthy intuition of mistaking wealth for competence — wanting them to be Willy Wonka, this want success that they may remedy every part, the ‘do not guess towards them; what in the event that they’re proper?’ That was extra enjoyable.”