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Rian Johnson Says Angela Lansbury Was Beautiful for ‘Amongst Us’ Cameo in ‘Glass Onion,’ however Was “Not a Gamer”


It’s maybe not stunning {that a} famend fictional detective like Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc has a circle of well-known pals with whom he performs murder-mystery video games. However who director Rian Johnson was in a position to safe as a part of the famed sleuth’s inside (gaming) circle for his Knives Out follow-up was a shock to even him.

The Glass Onion director not too long ago revealed how he scored two of the film’s most notable cameos — late and greats Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury — whereas chatting with The New York Instances. Serving as tributes to 2 of Johnson’s favourite artists, the cameos had been filmed in the course of the film’s modifying course of and are featured alongside cameos from Natasha Lyonne and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Within the scene, Blanc sits in a bath enjoying the 2018 on-line multiplayer social deduction sport Amongst Us, which grew in reputation in the course of the pandemic as individuals had been confined to their properties as a result of lockdowns. As he performs, he communicates together with his inside circle, together with Sondheim and Lansbury, over video by way of a Zoom-like platform.

Johnson stated he filmed Lansbury’s cameo at her L.A. residence, including that the Homicide, She Wrote star was good for the scene and “couldn’t have been lovelier and extra beneficiant.” He additionally revealed she didn’t fairly perceive the mechanics of Amongst Us, including that the legendary performer was “not a gamer.”

“She was very affected person in letting me describe the foundations of Amongst Us, up to some extent. At which level she simply stated, ‘ what? Simply inform me what the strains are. I’ll belief you,’” Johnson recalled.

The cameo for Lansbury, who died in October at 96, was finally secured after Sondheim’s, a direct results of the Broadway wordsmith’s present relationship with the actress, who had appeared in his unique Broadway staging of Sweeney Todd. “I discussed to him that we had been making an attempt to get Angela Lansbury,” Johnson stated. “And he stated, ‘Oh, Angie — I’m pals along with her. Inform her I’m doing it. She’ll do it.’”

Sondheim, who died on the age of 91 in December 2021, had his look recorded through Zoom name. Johnson and his producing accomplice Ram Bergman had been “working each connection that they had,” based on the Instances, to achieve him. “I wasn’t actually positive find out how to get to him. However then I used to be on a name with Bryan Lourd, our agent, and it in some way got here up,” Bergman recalled. “I stated, ‘We actually would love Stephen to do that.’ And I swear, 5 minutes later, he emailed me: He’s going to do it.”

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