It wasn’t until three days before the shoot that the actor was told the scene was a party in the Hollywood Hills. And nothing more.
Malick had no script to provide his actors during filming, all they were given were cards with phrases meant to inspire them during filming.
“We’re all standing there and Malick hands out these pieces of paper to all of us,” Lennon said. “And the one he gave me said, ‘There’s no such thing as a fireproof wall.’ And I ask, ‘Is this something I’m supposed to say in the scene?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know.'”