Don’t Look Up viewers who allowed their curiosity get the better of them discovered a phone number featured in the film leads to a sex hotline.
Netflix’s star-studded blockbuster, with Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep, follows two astronomers desperately trying to warn the world that an asteroid is on the way to wipe out humanity.
In one scene, Leonardo’s character, Randall Mindy, appears in a public service announcement urging Americans to call a phone number – 1-800-532-4500 – if they seek ‘peace of mind’ in light of the news that planet Earth will be destroyed by the comet.
Some intrigued viewers were keen to find out if the number was real and got more than they bargained for as, when they rang up, found it to be a sex hotline.
According to People and the New York Post, an automated message from a female voice says: ‘Welcome to America’s hottest hotline. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press 1 now.
‘Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press 2 to connect free now.’
In the PSA, scientist Randy tells the American nation: ‘Right now, millions of you are having these same doubts and questions about the approaching comet.
‘That is why BASH Cellular, in conjunction with the United States government, is creating a new hotline, free of charge, to answer all of your questions. And who knows: Maybe, just maybe one of our scientists … can be that friend we all need to lean on during uncertain times.’
It’s not known if the number was a cheeky prank or an overlooked detail by the team but judging by the tone of the film, we’re guessing the former is more likely.
Adam McKay’s apocalyptic blockbuster has been met with a mixed response but has sparked a conversation about the world’s attention to literal life-changing news in a social media age, as well as climate change.
Viewers have nitpicked every inch of the film, including why Matthew Perry’s scenes appear to have been cut, and a supposed blunder in which masked crew members were seen in the background of one shot.
Don’t Look Up is available to watch on Netflix.
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