Adam McKay Clarifies Why a Masked-Up Film Crew Appear “On Purpose” in ‘Don’t Look Up’

Adam McKay has explained the purpose of a scene in Don’t Look Up that depicts the film crew in masks.

The crew can be seen in the background of McKay’s latest disaster comedy at the one-hour and 28-minute mark, prompting online speculation that it was an editing error.

Ben Kohler, a TikTok user, and filmmaker posted a video on the platform titled “oopsy” in which he showed the frame in question.

McKay described the start of production on Don’t Look Up as complicated due to the COVID-19 testing options and the lack of rapid test availability in an interview earlier this month.

McKay’s cast and crew were all quarantined, and the set was divided into specific zones, with designated COVID-19 monitors, similar to the setup of other films shot during the pandemic.

Don’t Look Up stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet, and Mark Rylance and is about two astronomers who go on a media tour to warn people about a comet that is approaching Earth.

The film was released on Netflix on December 24.


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