"My friend, you suffer from the misplaced optimism of the doomed." - Snowpiercer (2013)
During rehearsals, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton found out that they both hated the new Volkswagen Beetle with a passion, and for the scene where Tyler and The Narrator are hitting cars with baseball bats, Pitt and Norton insisted that one of the cars be a Beetle. As Norton explains on the DVD commentary, he hates the car because the Beetle was one of the primary symbols of 60s youth culture and freedom. However, the youth of the 60s had become the corporate bosses of the 90s, and had repackaged the symbol of their own youth, selling it to the youth of another generation as if it didn’t mean anything. Both Norton and Pitt felt that this kind of corporate selling out was exactly what the film was railing against, hence the inclusion of the car; “It’s a perfect example of the Baby Boomer generation marketing its youth culture to us. As if our happiness is going to come by buying the symbol of their youth movement, even with the little flower holder in the plastic molding. It’s appalling to me. I hate it.”
That’s what we’re aiming for with Black Mirror: each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.
"I remember Geoff telling me, we should hire this Ray guy, and I said, do you think this guy’s worth it? do you think he should come work for us? and all Geoff said was, I think that guy is going to be more popular than the rest of us in about a year.”
↳happy birthday, ray! (september 15th, 1989)
"That’s definitely something I’ve experienced my whole life - people thinking one thing and then discovering that I’m not, hopefully. So I relate to having to fight that and claim my own identity, when people are trying to throw different ones at me."