Prop Master Michael Sexton walks us through the set of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet.” Despite almost four decades of Hollywood work, crashing a plane on Nolan’s set was a first.
“It was pretty much one of the craziest things I’ve done in the 35 years I’ve been doing this,” Sexton says. “That airplane and getting the 747, and not having it on a gimbal or a green screen. He had this thing towed into and crashed into the filming as a live thing.”
There was no room for error during the heist sequence in which the back of the plane is blown off. “I had my guys inside the plane, while we’re getting towed on the tarmac at about 20 miles per hour, the effects guys had to hit the button, blow the hole out of the back, and we had these gold bars on pallets that we had to push out the back,” Sexton says.
Sexton walks us through the props he and his team created and maintained on set from the gold bricks to the oxygen masks that didn’t work!
This episode of Variety Artisans is presented by Hamilton Watches.