Wes Anderson, the acclaimed filmmaker known for his unique cinematic style, recently revealed that he has never watched a TikTok video, including those that imitate his work. Despite the popularity of a TikTok trend inspired by his films, Anderson, who is 54 years old, has remained oblivious to the platform.
Anderson’s signature style is characterized by distinctive cinematography, meticulous color design, and meticulous composition. Some of his notable films include “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), “The French Dispatch” (2021), and his upcoming release “Asteroid City” (2023).
Earlier this year, a TikTok trend emerged in which users filmed their everyday activities using symmetrical shots and quirky music, emulating the visual aesthetic of Wes Anderson’s movies. The trend started with a TikToker named @avawillyums, who filmed her train journey in a manner reminiscent of Anderson’s directorial approach.
The hashtag “Wes Anderson Trend” has garnered over 216 million views, indicating the trend’s popularity on TikTok. However, Anderson himself has admitted that he has never watched a single TikTok video, relying solely on verbal descriptions and discussions about the trend.
When asked about his unfamiliarity with TikTok, Anderson explained that while it would be easy for him to visit the platform and explore the content, he deliberately chooses not to engage with it. He mentioned that he doesn’t want to get distracted by TikTok and prefers to focus on his own creative endeavors.
Anderson compared the situation to being told that a friend does a great impression of him. He expressed mixed feelings about seeing such an impression, questioning whether it would truly represent him or create confusion about his own identity.
Although Anderson acknowledged the possibility of eventually exploring TikTok and its content, he humorously remarked that he has never watched a TikTok video, especially not those related to his own work. He stated that he wouldn’t begin his TikTok experience with videos about himself, emphasizing his cautious approach to engaging with social media platforms.
Meanwhile, Anderson’s upcoming film “Asteroid City” is set to be released on June 19. The movie features an impressive ensemble cast including Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Steve Carell, Hope Davis, Live Schreiber, Rupert Friend, Hong Chau, Maya Hawke, Stephen Park, Willem Dafoe, and Margot Robbie.
As the release date approaches, fans of Wes Anderson eagerly anticipate his latest cinematic creation, while the TikTok trend inspired by his films continues to captivate users on the platform.