– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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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  • Moby85

    Well, they can’t fire Harbour. He’s too important and he’s fantastic…My 2nd favorite character next to Steve. You probably can’t threaten him with a NDA because what? He’d quit? Maybe punish him with a reduced role or something.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Oh my god, enough with the Dicks out for Steve. He was more likeable this round but he was still a douche in season one. He still has a ways to go to win my good graces.

      • Joseph Jammer Medina


      • Moby85

        That he still has a douche streak is part of what makes him believable, even more sympathetic.

  • Duck O’Death

    All I have to say is… hire the director, cast and crew of Star Wars: The Last Jedi if you want your secrets kept.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Mark Hamil as the Emperor of the Upside Down in season 3 confirmed!!!!

      • Duck O’Death

        you know… I actually googled-news that. It’s those types of good rumors that cause good things to happen.

  • Kratos

    yeh you can’t fire david….if he’s jobless he won’t be able to use his “craft” and “great acting” to “change the world” /eye roll

  • Neil Pye

    Put him in the doghouse next to Tom Holland

  • Jake McClure

    This is the same guy who gave up the family secret recipe in Black Mass. What’d they expect?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.