Christopher Nolan: Blowing Up Real Plane Is Cheaper Than Using CGI for New Movie

The 'Dark Knight' filmmaker reveals he chose to destroy a real Boeing 747 in his new movie 'Tenet' than using special effects because it's less expensive.

AceShowbiz - Christopher Nolan didn't need the help of special effects crews for scenes in his upcoming movie "Tenet" - he did most of the work himself.

In an interview with Total Film magazine, the director revealed he skipped effects and brought in a real Boeing 747 plane to blow up in a key sequence in the movie.

"I planned to do it using miniatures and set-piece builds and a combination of visual effects and all the rest," he shared. "However, while scouting for locations in Victorville, California, the team discovered a massive array of old planes."

Nolan went on to say that, after running the numbers, buying the plane was just more cost effective.

"(It was) actually more efficient to buy a real plane of the real size, and perform this sequence for real in camera, rather than build miniatures or go the CG route," he added. "It's a strange thing to talk about - a kind of impulse buying, I suppose."

He added, "It was a very exciting thing to be a part of."

Speaking to Cinemablend, star John David Washington added, "That was a real plane, and that was a real building that they crashed that plane into. And we, cast and crew, all witnessed it. It was epic! It was incredible, we all cheered and hurrayed and hurrahed when they yelled cut after Chris felt like he got it. What you saw is really what happened - at least the night I was there."

"Tenet", also starring Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki, is due for release on July 17, 2020.

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