Apparently, their solution involved building a set in Perth, where Montgomery lived, and shipping him his character’s wig and prosthetics. While this sounds like the recipe for a bad home movie, it seems like Montgomery had help from crew members who assembled the set, including a ping pong ball where Sink would have been standing. “It was an incredibly unique experience, but nice to do it at home,” Montgomery noted. The actor shared that, aside from his work on “Elvis” during the pandemic, he had never actually worked in Australia, which made the experience that much more special.
“Not only was I in Oz, but I was home in Perth, which is just so rare for me,” he explained, adding, “So many of the local crew were from Perth, so it was actually a really nice opportunity to be at home and work at home.” Netflix’s flagship series clearly has a different definition of working from home than most of us are used to, one that apparently included an audio track of Sink’s lines and some direction from Shawn Levy — via iPad.
The remotely directed scene is an impressive example of production ingenuity, and a testament to how much creativity is invested in the massive sci-fi series. While some shows that greenscreen characters from off-set look terrible, “Stranger Things” is seamless in its incorporation of Montgomery. Billy’s confrontation with Max is beautiful, scary, and above all else heart-wrenching, and Montgomery’s performance shines through even if it was filmed a world away. Score one more point for the “let’s keep working from home forever” crowd!