The filmmaker had nothing but good things to say about directing the Murder, She Wrote star in her most recent film appearance.
From the moment the cast was announced, movie lovers knew Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was going to be a star-studded affair. Rian Johnson’s crime sequel featured an A-list of suspects for Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc to investigate, including Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn and Dave Bautista. But once the film started streaming on Netflix, fans quickly learned that it featured surprising celebrity cameos at almost every turn.
A memorable scene sees Blanc playing the video game Among Us on Zoom with several famous crime aficionados including Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury (both of whom made their final screen appearances on the scene).
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Johnson and producer Ram Bergman spoke openly about working with the two ninety-year-olds.
“She couldn’t have been more loveable and generous,” Johnson said of Lansbury, though he noted that the video game-centric scene was complicated by the fact that the actress “wasn’t a gamer.”
“Up to a point, she very patiently let me describe the rules of Among Us,” he continued. “At that point she was just like, ‘You know what? Just tell me what the lines are. I will trust you.'”
Lansbury played one of the most famous television detectives of all time on “Murder, She Wrote,” but landing Sondheim was an equally huge win for the production team. The Broadway composer was famous for his love of mystery, and he wrote the crime film The Last of Sheila, which Johnson cited as the inspiration for Glass Onion.
“I wasn’t sure how to get to him. But then I got on the phone with Bryan Lourd, our agent, and it kind of came about,” Bergman said. “I said we’d really love it if Stephen did that. And I swear, five minutes later, he emailed me: He will.”
Johnson may be an A-list director who has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but that didn’t stop him from being intimidated by the two legends.
“I’ve allowed myself to have that little awkward moment where I tell them what I’m sure everyone who meets them will say,” he said. “Even so, it felt really good to tell them that if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be doing this.”
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/12/rian-johnson-on-angela-lansbury-glass-onion-among-us-cameo-1234795376/ Rian Johnson on Angela Lansbury’s ‘Glass Onion’ ‘Among Us’ cameo