In 2020, Will Smith did a special Red Table Talk and joked about I Am Legend‘s misinformation in discussion with virus expert Dr. Michael Osterholm. A year later, the film’s writer Akiva Goldsman has a message for those who are attempting to use the film as a virus conspiracy: “Oh. My. God. It’s a movie. I made that up. It’s. Not. Real.”
Goldsman’s response comes to a tweet from Marc Bernadin, who points out an article in the New York Times where an employee at a business expressed concern “because she thought a vaccine had caused the characters in the film ‘I Am Legend’ to turn into zombies.”
In the film, ordinary citizens were turned into zombies by a genetically reprogrammed virus; Smith’s character created the vaccine to fix the sickness. But again, this. is. all. a. created. movie.
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