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Ready Player One in Empire Magazine April 2018

Empire Magazine takes a deep dive into Spielberg’s iconic career, starting with a several page spread about the upcoming READY PLAYER ONE. Scans below, linking to the full size:

The most feared of these opponents is Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), the head of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a corporation looking to take over the OASIS in order to monetise it. For Mendelsohn, Sorrento’s intimidatory tactics are helped by his name — “It’s like Snake Plissken, what a fucking name” — but the moniker masks a nexus of complexities.

“He’s a nerd who’s managed to finagle and manipulate his way into a position of power. He wants the internet to be a commodity and he owns the hardware. He leads a crack force — they’re the shit — against these charming amateurs.”

To what extent would Mendelsohn, an alum of The Dark Knight Rises and Star Wars: Rogue One, self-identify as a nerd like Sorrento?

“Fuck off!” he bellows, jokingly. “And I say that with love. I don’t eschew the nerd side at all, but you want me to talk about it in this fucking magazine? Eat a bowl of dicks!

— EMPIRE UK, APRIL 2018

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