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The director of ‘Doctor Strange’ told people not to see ‘Tenet’ in theaters

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  • “Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson tweeted a warning to viewers advising them against going to any movie theaters, despite Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” being released in most US theaters on September 3.
  • Derrickson, who clarified he was speaking to his “fellow Americans,” tweeted: “Don’t go see ‘Tenet’ or any other movie in a theater. There, I said it.”
  • Derrickson also tweeted a link to an article by The A.V. Club that featured experts warning viewers against going to theaters: “It’s just about the last thing I’d do right now,” said epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed.
  • Nolan has been an advocate for reopening cinemas, with IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond telling Variety on April 30: I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theaters re-opened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan.”

Scott Derrickson, the director of the MCU’s “Doctor Strange,” tweeted a warning to movie-goers, asking them not to see “Tenet” or any other movie in theaters.

On August 22, Derrickson tweeted: “Don’t go see Tenet or any other movie in a theater. There, I said it.”

He quickly followed up with a second tweet, writing: “speaking to my fellow Americans of course.”

As reported by IndieWire on July 30, over 80% of movie theaters in America will be open for viewers to go and see “Tenet” on its September 3 release date. However, all the movie theaters in New York and LA, the two biggest movie markets in the US, will remain closed indefinitely for the foreseeable future, according to Vulture.

Derrickson followed up his two tweets by posting an August 18 article by The A.V. Club that ran with the headline: “Movie theaters are reopening, but is it safe to go? Experts say hell no.”

In the article, The A.V. Club spoke to Dr. Ann W. Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center For Global and Immigrant Health at the University of California, who said: “there is no scenario in which going to a movie theater is a good idea.”

Another expert, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician, epidemiologist, and former city health commissioner, agreed with Rimoin: “It’s just about the last thing I’d do right now.”

El-Sayed said: “From what we understand, the virus is transmitted through aerosolized droplets that come out of our mouths, oftentimes when we talk or when we laugh or when we sing. And so, being in a room for two hours with a bunch of folks who are laughing at a movie, and where air is not being circulated in an efficient way, and where you don’t know who has been in there before you, that’s really hazardous exposure. I just don’t think it’s worth it.”

© Warner Bros. John David Washington and Robert Pattinson star in “Tenet.” Warner Bros.

While Derrickson and both of those experts have advised against cinema-lovers returning to cinema screens, “Tenet” director Christopher Nolan has been actively campaigning to get movie theaters opened for the public, and had been working over-time to ensure “Tenet” was ready for its delayed release date, which he refused to delay even further.

In an interview with Variety on April 30, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond said: “Chris really would like to be coming out with the film that opens theaters. I don’t know anyone in America who is pushing harder to get the theaters re-opened and to get his movie released than Chris Nolan.”

Russell Crowe has also been urging viewers to get back in theaters, and released a promotional video in-character for his movie “Unhinged” on August 17. Crowe said: “I got a movie coming out. It’s called ‘Unhinged.’ I’m not f—ing with you, it’s called ‘Unhinged.’ And it’s going to be in cinemas. Off you go.”


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