Last Jedi director reveals why you’ll never see a bad guy using an iPhone

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Jamie Lee Curtis (not a bad guy) using an iPhone in Knives Out.
Photo: Vanity Fair

Apple makes some of the coolest products in the technology industry, which is one of the reasons why you see them in so many movies. But have you ever noticed that only the good guys use Apple products?

That’s because Apple won’t let the bad guys use devices like iPhone on-screen, according to movie director Rian Johnson.

“Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies, but — and this is pivotal if you’re ever watching a mystery movie — bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera,” Johnson revealed in a new video from Vanity Fair.

The little-known fact might just spoil many movie twists for you in the future. (You now know the one guy who isn’t using an iPhone is probably going to end up being the villain in the end.) But it’s also interesting if you’re an Apple fan.

Only good guys get an iPhone

Johnson’s confession shouldn’t ruin the plot of his newest movie, Knives Out, which is now available on Blu-Ray. He is slightly concerned, however, that spilling this information could trip him up in the future.

“I don’t know if I should say this,” he admitted. “Not ’cause it’s lascivious or something, but because it’s gonna screw me on the next mystery movie that I write. But for it, I’ll say it, it’s very interesting.”

Johnson isn’t wrong. We know Apple is very protective of its brand and image, but it will be a surprise to many that the company doesn’t want devices like iPhone to be depicted as the product of choice for any unsavory characters.

So, if you’re a serial killer, please buy a Samsung instead.

Rian Johnson breaks down Knives Out

The full Vanity Fair video, in which Johnson — who directed 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi — breaks down a scene from Knives Out, can be seen below. His comments about Apple start at around two minutes, 50 seconds in.

Another iPhone-related tidbit Johnson talks about is how his props department manually set the time on all electronic devices used in the movie so that they were accurate to the story.