Mark Rylance says Elon Musk is ‘dangerous’ as he reveals he based Don’t Look Up villain on Tesla CEO

He took inspiration from the entrepreneur for his villainous role (Picture: Getty)

Mark Rylance has said he believes Tesla CEO Elon Musk is ‘dangerous.’

The actor, 62, starred in hit Netflix movie Don’t Look Up, and says he based his villainous character on the 50-year-old entrepreneur.

He played billionaire Peter Isherwell in the apocalyptic black comedy, a character that many viewers thought were a combination of some of the world’s richest men – Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Rylance has revealed he ‘looked at all those fellas’ for inspiration.

The Dunkirk actor shared: ‘I did read Elon Musk’s book – about half of it.

‘I certainly thought a lot about that mindset of men and technology being the greatest thing in the universe, that nothing else is a higher force and anything that nature throws at us, we’ll deal with it.’

Rylance believes the billionaire is ‘dangerous’ (Picture: WireImage)

Rylance continued to share his thoughts on these business moguls, adding: ‘They’re thinking they’re doing good – so there’s that scene where [Isherwell] gets upset when [Leonardo DiCaprio’s] character thinks he’s just a businessman. These people have very high-minded ideas about what they’re doing. They don’t think they’re bad people, quite the contrary.

‘You get that impression from Elon Musk. They think they’re going to save humanity. I think they’re dangerous.’

In September last year, Forbes announced that Musk had a net worth of over $200 billion (£149billion) and was the richest person in the world, after Tesla stock surged.

Musk is the world’s wealthiest person (Picture: Reuters)

Then, in November, Musk became the first person with a net worth over $300billion.

Earlier this month, the CEO gave an update on SpaceX’s Starship, (set to carry astronauts to the moon and Mars) following its announcement in 2019.

Despite a host of technical and regulatory hurdles yet to be overcome, Musk said he was ‘highly confident’ this was the year his new Starship would make it to orbit.

He also revealed that a Starship launch could cost less than $10million (£7.4million) per flight, within two to three years, making space travel all the more affordable for humans.

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