We live in a very spoiler-sensitive society. Given that most of today’s shows and movies are heavily serialized, virtually any knowledge of the upcoming film/episode is looked at with extreme ridicule. Yet ironically enough, we still hunt for spoilers and details at every turn.
The poor folks caught in the middle tend to be actors. Hired to take on a job, they rarely have the insight to remember what’s fair game and what’s top secret, and that’s led to many huge stumbles, most notably with actors like Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are notable in how loose their tongues are when it comes to story or character secrets.
This idea carries over to TV as well, especially with a series like Stranger Things, which each season pretty much acting as a novel. One actor in particular has been blacklisted from crucial game-changing information. Speaking at Vulture Fest last Saturday, creator Matt Duffer revealed the actor they have to hide secrets from:
“We can’t tell David [Harbour] anything anymore. He’s cut off. He tweets it, he puts it on Instagram, he tells every journalist he can find … I’m not telling him anything.”
It’s probably for the best. Harbour certainly comes across as a very enthusiastic actor who’s ready to talk about how excited he is for his upcoming project. Sadly, it doesn’t always work out when you’re trying to play the secretive game.
Though of course, there will be some point when the series has been shot, and they’re talking to the press, to there are only so many preventative measures they can take, but at least for the time being we can celebrate the fact that we have more than a year until we can expect Stranger Things 3.
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