There is no doubt that Elon MuskSouth African-born physicist and programmer with Canadian and US nationality, and co-founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, among other technology companies, is a personality prominent across the world. And, lately, aside from its occurrences and statements, like the fact that Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers due to the “virus wake up“, appears in the media for its intention to buy Twitter.
So, as cinema is inseparable from the flow of information, it is part of the uninterrupted and borderless cultural conversation of overwhelming globalization and its industry is so voracious that it brought in the billionaire in various films and television series. And, of course, we’re not just talking about documentaries like Pump! (2014), Race extinction (2015), And There you go: The beginning of the internet Is Planet Earth: Are we history? (2016).
Nor only to the six chapters of March (2016-2018) in which he is also interviewed or the films of the genre centered on his commercial activities, such as Elon Musk: The Real Life of Iron Man (2018), Elon Musk: aiming for the stars, Space race to SpaceX, Billion Dollar Space Race: Bezos vs. Musk vs. Branson (2021) or back in space (2022) on Netflix. Because we also saw it in six feature films and seven episodes of fiction, quite successful for the most part.
Elon Musk, rubbing shoulders with Tony Stark and Machete
The first time that Elon Musk, the richest man in the world – according to the latest ranking of the magazine Forbes—, took part in a premiere on the big screen with thanks for smoking, Jason Reitman’s film (2005) for which he served as executive producer. He simply opens the car door for Aaron Eckhart’s Nick Naylor in a hangar where he is about to board a private plane, then closes it.
Then he made a prominent appearance in iron man 2, Jon Favreau’s second film (2010) for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which he also plays Happy Hogan, and the last, since Shane Black replaced him for the third adventure (2013). During the sequence shot at the Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, he briefly greets Pepper Potts by Gwyneth Paltrow and Tony Stark by Robert Downey Jr.
Later, Elon Musk wishes good luck in the SpaceX facilities to the protagonist of Machete killsdressed in an astronaut costume and played again by Danny Trejo for this sequel to Robert Rodríguez (2013), as he prepares to soar into space in a rocket to go after Luther Voice, Mel Gibson’s escaped villain, after being asked that of Charlie Sheen President Rathcock.
When Homer Simpson and Sheldon Cooper inspire you
Elon Musk’s cameo in Transcendence (2014), a feature film directed by Wally Pfister, is tiny: he is in the audience for a presentation on artificial intelligence given by Paul Bettany’s Max Waters. But he is the main character of the chapter “The Musk Who Fell to Earth” (26×12) of The simpsons (since 1989). He goes to Springfield for inspiration, and that speaks for itself.
During the episode “The Platonic permutation” (9×09) of The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019), meets Simon Helberg’s Howard Wolowitz in a soup kitchen, washing dirty dishes. And in three of South Park (since 1997), titled “Members Only” (20×08), “Not Funny” (20×09), and “The End of Serialization as We Know It” (20×10), his interaction with Cartman and his company destroys SpaceX.
in comedy Should it be him?, by John Hamburg (2016), Ned Fleming by Bryan Cranston crosses paths with Elon Musk at the bar during a Christmas party. And one flash forward ending in the chapter “A patch, a modem and a Zantac” (1×06) of young sheldon (since 2017) shows that the space calculations of the child protagonist were used by the South African magnate to carry out the SpaceX CRS-8 mission.
In Men in Black: International, the fourth film in the saga after those by Barry Sonnenfeld (1997-2012), by F. Gary Gray (2019), suggest that it is an extraterrestrial hidden on our planet by showing it on one of the monitors. And, in the episode “One Crew over the Crewcoo’s Morty” (4×03) of rick and morty (since 2013), we are presented with a version of him from a parallel universe: Elon Tusk.
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