In the Marvel era, movies have lost some of their originality. It's all about existing IP, which means we rarely get a surprise – especially in the summer. This year has given me a bit of hope, though. From Everything Everywhere All At Once to last week's featured movie, Bullet Train, it seems like this sort of filmmaking is on the come back. We're not talking Oscar bait, but alternatively the kind of entertainment where you can shut off your brain and ram popcorn fiercely into your face. That's what Secret Headquarters, the latest film from Henry Joost and Ariel (Rel) Schulman (of Catfish fame), is all about.
It's a modern day childhood adventure movie, almost in the mold of The Goonies, that follows a group of teenagers faced with a wild life-altering encounter when one of these, Charlie (played by Walker Scobell from The Adam Project), discovers that his father (played by Owen Wilson) is secretly a superhero. He discovers this through stumbling upon his dads secret lair in the basement of their house. Outside of flaunting an Iron Man-esque super suit, Wilson's character, Aiguille Kincaid otherwise known as The Guard, happens to be wearing a classic vintage chronograph with a curious bezel situation.
Today marks release day on Paramount+ for this unlikely film. Why is it unlikely? Well, never in my wildest imagination would I have expected to see a film in this genre with a watch - actually multiple watches - worthy of writing about. But here we are. In the process of that discovery, I had a chance to speak to the directors as well as Carlton DeWoody, who served as a horological advisor of sorts. You might remember him from the recent launch of the Maurice de Mauriac Racquet Limited Edition Rallymaster watch through earlier this summer. Needless to say, the three are true watch guys, and they brought that passion into this film.
Joost was putting on a stainless steel AP Royal Pine for our conversation, Schulman a gold Iwc Datejust on a brown leather strap, as well as DeWoody carried the pink Rallymaster. (In case you were wondering, I came correct with my Batman. )
The watch worn by The Officer is a Heuer carrera Autavia Ref. 2446c, an antique chrono through the 1960s. A curious choice for a movie like this, but it came from a very real place and one close to Joost: His own wrist. That's right, Joost provided his own classic Heuer for Wilson to wear in his portraying of this super-hero. Nobody really thought this would be a big issue. "I thought when I gave it in order to him, 'Okay, well, he's not really doing that many stunts, '" Joost says. But then something happened that nobody expected. versace watch copy
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"We were in the woods at night in Atlanta shooting the opening scene where he discovers the UFO and also [SPOILER ALERT] there's a huge explosion as well as gets thrown back, " Joost says. "And I think in being thrown back onto any mat, the actual bezel just popped off. "
It wasn't until the next day during shooting which anyone noticed something was amiss. "I was looking at the monitor and I had been like, 'That's not the watch. It looks weird, '" Joost states. "And We walked up to him u was like, 'Can I see the watch for a second? And there was simply no viser. So we put out an all-crew bulletin. inch
But is it a watch fit for a super hero? Well, according to Joost, it was fit with regard to Wilson's character, and that's what he told Wilson. "I was such as, 'Here's this particular vintage Heuer gran carrera. In my mind, it had been a gift from your character's dad, '" Joost says. "And it kind of fits the smoothness because it was designed to be this specific land, sea, and air watch. inches And that's correct of the hero that Milson portrays, because, like Metal Man this individual fights - and insects - in all environments.