While the connection between Elon Musk and “Glass Onion” character Miles Bron might seem like it couldn’t be more obvious. While he credits Musk as an inspiration, writer-director Rian Johnson ultimately had more universal intentions.
When asked in an interview with The Atlantic if Musk was a particular inspiration for Bron, the director replied, “He was in the cloud of people being the subject. But you have to think about all the current inconveniences in 2020 was far away. Also, I quickly found that if I started thinking about someone too specifically, it got very boring.” Still, Johnson stuck to what made these numbers so intriguing. He continued, “What was interesting was our odd relationship in the american society too [these kinds of people], where we want to hate them, but we also kind of want to believe they’re Willy Wonka. The very American, natural instinct to mistake wealth for wisdom and competence.
While such observations have an all-encompassing mindset, it’s hard not to think of Musk, especially given the business tycoon’s recent controversies surrounding his handling of Twitter (via Complex). And Johnson is also aware of the odd timing, telling Wired that Bron’s relevance is just the result of random timing.