Jessica Henwick reveals final cut's 'Glass Onion' mistake
"I broke out in a cold sweat. I still have nightmares about that moment."
Jessica Henwick, star of "Glass Onions: Into the Wild," reveals she made a huge mistake on set. In The Glass Onion, there's a scene where the gang is at Miles Brown's (Edward Norton) home, which houses an impressive collection of glass sculptures. The climax comes when Helen (Jenelle Monae) grabs one of Brown's artworks and throws it on the ground in frustration. Soon other guests followed suit and joined her in vandalizing until all the sculptures were smashed. Filming of the scene didn't go as planned, however, as Pegg (Jessica Henwick) dropped a giant wheel sculpture and looked directly at the camera with an expression of disbelief and shock. That look turns out to be Henwick's real reaction to accidentally dropping a prop, since she's supposed to smash it as directed by the director. However, Henwick's blunder proved to be a lucky accident, as director Rian Johnson loved the moment so much that he decided to keep it in the final cut, going so far as to call it "Chekhov's glass bauble". . In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnson described the hilarious moment in more detail, saying:
“One of my favorite moments was Jess had a massive one that she got to smash, and she was so excited. It’s a massive wheel of glass. We start rolling the camera, and I’m saying to her, ‘Okay, we want to get this exactly right. We only have one of these. And so what I’m going to do is I’m going to say one, two, three.’ She drops it and then looks right into the camera and does this [mimics a shocked face]. We had started the camera just to practice the thing. She broke it and then looked right in the camera. That’s the take that’s in the movie.”
Henwick He has mixed recollections of the incident, saying: "I broke out in a cold sweat. I still have nightmares about that moment." However, Henwick also admitted that she took a memento from the set as a memento, a strawberry sculpture. "I had a sugar glass strawberry at home. I wrapped it in bubble wrap and carried it on the plane in my bag."
Henwick's embarrassment of dropping props is understandable, but it turns out to be the case almost every An actor's favorite scene. The actors were excited to smash their work, and Leslie Odom Jr. recalls the excitement each actor felt when they picked their work. "We knew that moment was coming, so everyone picked their piece," said Leslie Odom Jr., "and I'm going to break that piece." Janelle Monáe also admitted that this scene was her favorite too, she said, "This is a really big moment. How do you do that? How do you engage the audience when you break all this stuff?"
Johnson explains that all "glass" sculptures are actually Made from sugar glass and made to order in Prague. Sugar glass is similar in appearance to real glass It's easy, but it's not that sharp when it breaks. It's often used in movies as a safer alternative to real glass, where filmmakers play stunning sound effects over visuals. The sculptures in Glass Onion reference lyrics by The Beatles, and even the title "Glass Onion" is a reference to a Beatles song of the same name.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the sequel to Knives Out, follows Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) as he tackles a new case revolving around tech billionaire Miles Brown (Edward Norton). Other cast members include Katherine Hahn, Madeline Klein, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. Glass Onion is currently streaming on Netflix, and you can check out the official trailer below: