Major Mistake In Margot Robbie’s Babylon Breaks The Timeline

Fans spotted a Jackass Forever billboard in one of the shots from the recent big screen release Babylon.

By Douglas Helm | Published

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Can characters from a fictional medieval fantasy land enjoy a Starbucks latte? Could Los Angeles locals look forward to watching an unborn Johnny Knoxville and friends in Jackass Forever in the 1950s? If you watch Margot Robbie’s Babylon, the answer to the second question — because of the on-screen appearance of a Jackass Forever billboard — is a resounding yes:

Making a movie is undoubtedly a long, time-consuming, and complicated endeavor. Every member of the cast and crew works extra hard to make sure everything looks great and goes to plan. That also means that sometimes things will slip through the cracks, so it’s not all too surprising that a modern billboard was accidentally left in a scene set in 1952 in Margot Robbie’s Babylon.

In all honestly, the mistake is more funny than egregious. It’s not like this billboard takes away from the performances of Margot Robbie and the rest of the Babylon cast. Technically, the movie billboard does say “launching soon” without a set release date, so we can all just pretend that movie marketing execs were just oddly prescient back then.

As you can see from the Tweet, the Jackass Forever billboard in the scene is hardly even noticeable. Of course, there are going to be plenty of people who notice it now that it’s been pointed out. It’s likely that this error will be remedied soon, although Margot Robbie’s Babylon is already available for Video On Demand.

Funnily enough, Babylon has been nominated for Best Production Design at the Oscars this year. Of course, it’s unlikely the Academy will ding them for one little billboard error, but it’s still funny to think about. While Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Diego Calva didn’t get any noms for their performances, Babylon is nominated in two more categories with Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.

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Margot Robbie in Babylon

Along with Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Diego Calva, Babylon has an incredible cast that also includes Jean Smart, Olivia Wilde, Phoebe Tonkin, Tobey Maguire, Samara Weaving, Max Minghella, Lukas Haas, Eric Roberts, Katherine Waterston, and more. The film is directed and written by Damien Chazelle. Babylon depicts 1920s-era Hollywood as movies transition from the silent film era to the talkies.

Knowing that an errant billboard is in one small scene in Babylon is unlikely to ruin your movie-watching experience. With that being said, there’s a chance you won’t enjoy the film overall as it currently has a 55% critic score and 52% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, it’s a movie with a great score and a cool setting, with great performances from Margot Robbie, Pitt, Calva, and other supporting cast members.

If you want to see Margot Robbie in something other than Babylon, 2023 should be a good year for you. Robbie has two highly-anticipated films coming up Barbie and Asteroid City. Barbie is definitely getting the most attention, thanks to Greta Gerwig being behind the camera and directing a cast that also includes Ryan Gosling, Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Will Ferrell, America Ferrera, Ncuti Gatwa, and more.

If you want to see Margot Robbie in Babylon, you can find it on VOD services. For Barbie, you’ll have to wait until July 21. Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City is expected to come out. on June 16.