Rian Johnson has revealed how a scene in Bean: The Ultimate Disaster movie inspired the climax of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
Within Glass Onion, tech billionaire Miles Bron invites a group of close friends to his private island for a murder mystery weekend. However, when someone actually turns up dead, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is forced into action to investigate.
Bron's Glass Onion mansion is full of priceless artwork, and he even attempts to impress his guests by getting a loan of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. At the conclusion of the movie, the Mona Lisa is reduced to ashes due to a fire.
And, hilariously, Johnson says Mr Bean destroying the painting of Whistler's Mother was an inspiration.
"Daniel was a bit worried that we were ‘killing the puppy’ by upsetting people as we destroyed the Mona Lisa, but the scene in 'Bean' where he destroys ‘Whistler’s Mother’ is one of the funniest scenes in cinematic history, so I figured we’d get away with this," he told Empire.
"That scene is so good."
The Mona Lisa stunt
Obviously, a replica of the Mona Lisa was used when it is burned to ashes in the movie and Johnson explains how every part of the replica's existence and destruction needs to be documented for counterfeit purposes.
"We got a very talented, local Belgrade artist to do a recreation of the Mona Lisa and it was kind of extraordinary having it on set," he said.
"I didn’t realise this, but if you get a recreation like this, you have to destroy them when you’re done filming, if it’s a famous work of art. You actually have to document yourself burning the canvas because of the counterfeit market."
Mystery / Crime
2022 • 139 minutes