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‘Knives Out’ director Rian Johnson just revealed the secret to figuring out who the bad guy is

Apple has a strict no bad guys policy for iPhone use in movies, Johnson says

Katherine Langford, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindholme and Jaeden Martell as various members of the Thrombey family, some the main characters in Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out.”
Katherine Langford, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindholme and Jaeden Martell as various members of the Thrombey family, some the main characters in Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out.”
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“Knives Out” director Rian Johnson just revealed the secret to finding out who the bad guy in a movie is: look at their phone.

“I don’t know if I should say this or not,” the director said in a recent 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.”

“Every single filmmaker who has a bad guy in their movie that’s supposed to be a secret wants to murder me right now,” Johnson continued, adding that he’s probably also making his own future as a mystery writer more difficult.

This policy isn’t a huge secret. The Guardian referenced a 2002 article from Wired detailing how heroes in the show “24” only used Mac computers, while the villains used Windows PCs.

Vice called the branding move “so dumb” and pointed out that this knowledge now has the potential to spoil movies for audiences.

“Lots of bad people use iPhones in real life,” Vice said. “Bad people use popular products, because that’s how math works.”

The branding move can be seen in “Knives Out,” as — spoilers ahead — the bad guy in the film, Ransom (played by Chris Evans), is the only character seen using a non-iPhone, CNBC reported.