Even if Don’t Look Up was slightly (and we emphasize slightly) exaggerated, tech tycoon Peter Isherwood stood out as a human caricature (Mark Rylance). A gleaming white smile greeted his entrance, and from that moment on, he was both a strange human shell and a coldly rational monster. Was Don’t Look Up’s Peter Isherwood based on a real person? What’s more pressing is whether or not we need to be on guard.

Who Is Peter Isherwood from ‘don’t Look Up’ Based On?

At the beginning of Don’t Look Up, we are introduced to Peter at a big event, much like the ones Steve Jobs used to preside over. (An announcer takes the mic to warn the crowd against making any jarring gestures, making any negative facial expressions, or making direct eye contact with Peter.)

who is peter isherwood based on

Peter, CEO of the mobile company BASH, is presenting a brand new app to the public. This function will recognize your feelings and adjust them as necessary. During his demonstration of the app, Peter expresses his loneliness and sadness. App sends him a cute video of a puppy riding a rooster to lift his spirits.

You can tell that BASH wants to rule the world, and Peter reminds you of Dr. Frankenstein. The film’s plot is driven by the stereotype of the nerd who struggles to make friends and acquaintances. He will always find an excuse for why the means must justify the ends. His unconventional ideas are reminiscent of those of Elon Musk, who comes across as a child throwing random things against a wall to see what sticks.

Peter, like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Virgin Group’s Richard Branson, has an unhealthy fixation on outer space. At the end of Don’t Look Up, after the credits roll, we see the world’s elite sleeping soundly in cryo chambers aboard a spaceship.

To start over, they need to find a planet with conditions analogous to those on Earth. That sounds like something both Bezos and Musk would dream of. Since Peter seems to be a collection of the weirdest and worst traits from various famous people, he hardly seems human at all.

Who is Mark Rylance, the actor who plays Peter Isherwood?

who is peter isherwood based on

The world’s richest people are a puzzle, so it’s no surprise that Mark Rylance can assemble them so effectively. His reputation as one of the best British stage actors is well-deserved. He served as the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London from 1995 until 2005. His career has taken him from the West End to Broadway, where he won three Tony Awards between 2008 and 2014.

Talking about honors, he has been nominated for and awarded so many trophies that they warrant their own article on Wikipedia. Mark took home an Oscar for his supporting role in Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg, in 2015.

He won several awards, including a BAFTA, Laurence Olivier, and Screen Actors Guild trophy, all of which are probably sitting on a shelf somewhere. His acting resume is impressive, and his performance as Peter Isherwood is all the more intriguing for it.

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