Apple tells moviemakers that villains can’t use iPhones, Rian Johnson says

Multiple smartphones on a table.

Enlarge / The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max running iOS 13. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple does not let filmmakers show villains using iPhones on camera, movie director Rian Johnson said in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

“Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies, but—and this is very pivotal if you’re ever watching a mystery movie—bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera,” Johnson said. Johnson said he was reluctant to reveal that tidbit “because it’s going to screw me on the next mystery movie that I write,” but he added, “forget it, I’ll say it. It’s very interesting.”

“Every single filmmaker that has a bad guy in their movie that’s supposed to be a secret wants to murder me right now,” Johnson said. He made the comment while talking about a scene from his mystery film Knives Out. The remark is at the 2:50 mark of this video:

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