No Sudden Move (2019): Soderbergh’s Ziggy Heist Tale is the In Person Movie I’ve Atteneded since the beginning of Pandemic last March

Don Cheadle and No Sudden Move’ Co-Stars Celebrate In-Person Premiere at Tribeca Festival

For Don Cheadle and other cast members of No Sudden Move, the heist movie’s Tribeca Festival premiere was one of first in-person events they have attended since the pandemic began.

“I’m looking forward to the movie, it’s gonna be a crazy experience,” Cheadle said at the Friday night premiere. “I haven’t been to a theater; I’ve seen one movie in a theater with David Harbour. It was the two of us in a 150-seat theater. We rented out the whole place.”

While filming “No Sudden Move,” the two co-stars went together to see Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thriller “Tenet,” one of the few big-budget films to release in 2020 during the pandemic.

However, they were discussing their own film, a crime thriller set in 1950s Detroit directed by Soderbergh.

“We really talked through a lot of it. We were just focused on our movie; we were in the middle of production,” Cheadle said. “Halfway through the movie we were like, ‘We probably shouldn’t have gone to see a movie, we should’ve gone to dinner.’ So I gotta see it again.”

“No Sudden Move” was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down productions and delayed release dates.

Production on the Soderbergh film was slated to begin in March 2020, but was pushed back and rescheduled due to the pandemic.

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“We shut down a week before we started,” writer Ed Solomon said. “So there was the question, ‘Is this actually going to happen or not?’ When we got the word that we were going again, it was like ‘How do we do this and do it safely and get to the end?’ It was this feeling once we finished, not just of relief, but disbelief that we were able to accomplish it and everyone stayed safe.”

The cast, which includes Benicio del Toro, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Noah Jupe, Julia Fox, Amy Seimetz, Brendan Fraser, Frankie Shaw and Bill Duke, had to carefully navigate COVID restrictions while filming, which everyone took seriously.

“You get COVID, the production is shutting down for two weeks and it’s gonna cost millions of dollars and you’ll never work again,” Fox said. “There’s lot of pressure. I didn’t even want to leave the room.  I didn’t want to be the reason the production was halted.”

“It’s surreal. A lot of people felt like we’d never get here this year,” Seimetz said. It’s been a year of not being able to be in person and communally enjoy an experience. This is the first event that I’ve gone to in person where there’s you and many other people. It’s a little surreal right now.”

On June 15, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the end of the state’s COVID restrictions by launching fireworks around the city, including Battery Park, where the Tribeca Festival is held.

“New York is finally starting to open up again. It feels like a rebirth in a way. It feels like a brand new New York,” Fox said.

People still debate the issue of abandoning face masks or continuing to wear them, it’s clear that in-person events and movies are back.

“I’m dying to be in groups of people experiencing things together,” Harbour noted. “I miss being in environments with people. I don’t even know that movies need to be that good, just the fact that they’re open and available and people are vaccinated and feel safe is enough reason to get back out there and live our lives again.”