Back in season one of the coronavirus pandemic (remember banana bread?), everyone was turning to the 2011 thriller Contagion to make sense of what was happening around them.
And it turns out the film – which follows the race for a vaccine to halt the spread of a virus – helped some of its cast, too.
Kate Winslet has revealed that starring in Contagion gave her a jump on preparing for Covid-19, leading to her wearing face masks months before the rest of the US.
The 44-year-old, who was filming in Philadelphia when reports of coronavirus emerged, told the Hollywood Reporter: ‘People thought I was crazy because I had been walking around wearing a mask for weeks, going into the grocery store and wiping everything down with isopropyl alcohol and wearing gloves.
‘Then all of a sudden March 13 came around, and people were like, “F***, where do I get one of those masks?”’
The Oscar winner added that she knew two friends who contracted Covid-19, who had vastly different experiences.
The mother-of-three said: ‘One was in LA and was very lucky to get on a trial using convalescent plasma and did really, really well in the space of, like, 72 hours after the treatment.
‘And a dialect coach who lives in London has had it, was in hospital for 11 weeks, is out, and has had every lung test, blood test, blood pressure test, and is clear of everything but just cannot get better — is breathless, lethargic, still feels very unwell.’
Kate played Dr Erin Mears, and Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, who tries to trace everyone who had contact with Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow), the first known person to be infected.
Sadly, Dr Mears also becomes infected and dies in the film, which also stars Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law.
Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh, was praised by scientists for its accuracy in portraying how a virus can spread, as well as how researchers study viruses.
Matt Damon, who plays the immune husband of Paltrow’s character, also learned a lot from the film, and while spending lockdown in Dublin, he scoffed at suggestions that the current pandemic could not have been predicted.
The 49-year-old told Spin 103.8: ‘Our screenwriter Scott Burns, I’ve talked to him a lot through this.
‘Anybody who says you couldn’t predict this, look at Contagion. We made a movie 10 years ago just by talking to experts. It’s tragic.’
Contagion is available to stream on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.