A lot of what happens in the new comedy Don’t Look Up clearly satirizes reality, but at times, the film started to film a little too real for Cate Blanchett. As a part of the film’s ensemble cast, Blanchett opened up about the hit Netflix Original in a new interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. As the actress explains, the story felt so real as filming went on that it started to seem like a documentary.
“That’s the thing. Adam wrote this a couple of years before the pandemic, and every second that we’re on set, it became less and less like a satire and more and more like a documentary,” Blanchett said. “Even when he was in post, there was a comet that was in the earth’s orbit that was deflected, I don’t know, by the Chinese, by the Russians, by chance. You know, all of these things happening.”
Of her part in the film, she added, “I’ve got a really beautiful little nugget of a role playing an entertainment news host, which was very fun. But, you know, I guess that we all wanted to be part of it.”
Don’t Look Up has been a big hit for Netflix, and there’s no question that the star-studded cast contributed to its success. The film features Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in the lead roles with Don’t Look Up also starring Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynsky, Meryl Streep, and Cate Blanchett.
For her part in the film, Blanchett is actually up for a Best Supporting Actress award at the AACTA International Awards. With the rest of the cast, she’s also up for Best Acting Ensemble at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Hollywood Critics Association. Don’t Look Up was also named as one of the top ten movies of the year at the American Film Institute Awards.
As for Blanchett, she was also recently seen in Guillermo del Toro’s newest film Nightmare Alley with Bradley Cooper, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, and Ron Perlman. While it fell well short of box office expectations, critics were kind on the acting, as is always the case with Blanchett. She reteamed with del Toro for his upcoming Pinocchio movie and will also have a main role in the movie adaptation of Borderlands.
Don’t Look Up can be found streaming on Netflix, where it has become one of the streamer’s most popular movies right up there with Red Notice and Bird Box. It was recently reported that the film had rose to become the third most-watched title in less than two weeks’ time, making the flim an instant hit for the streamer. Critics and viewers are a bit split when it comes to the quality of Don’t Look Up as a comedy, as this brand of satire works better for some viewers than others, but Netflix must no doubt be happy with these results.