How David Harbour secretly made sure his ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Black Widow’ prison scenes were different

David Harbour attends Netflix's "Stranger Things" season 4 premiere at Netflix Brooklyn on May 14, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York
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In a recent podcast interview, “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour proved he’s the kind of guy who really dots his i’s and crosses his t’s.

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Talking to “The Envelope” podcast, Harbour said that when scanning the scenarios of the new season 4 of “Stranger Things” he quickly realized that his character, the policeman Jim Hopper, was going to land in a Russian jail –just like his character Red Guardian in the 2021 Marvel movie "Black Widow."

While one character might be a bumbling cop and the other a superhero villain, nevertheless, Harbour wanted to make sure there was a “big distinction” between the two situations – as season 4 was being planned the same time “Black Widow” was being made.

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As Insider reported, Harbour said he knew internet fantasy fans of both productions “would be ablaze” if they noticed any similarities, especially given “Black Widow” and “Stranger Things” season 4 debut were released only about 11 months apart.

"I was like, we have to at least try to make these things as different as possible," Harbour insisted.

So, the actor texted photos from “Black Widow” to “Stranger Things” creators, the Duffer Brothers, to make sure they had a different look and feel to their Russian prison sequences.

"I really wanted them to have big distinction," said Harbour. "And the Duffers were totally game to like play around with all those aesthetics."

Harbour was asked if he was taking those pictures secretly while making “Black Widow” and sneaking them off to the Duffer Brothers.

"I'm sorry, Kevin," Harbour admitted (referring to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige), "yeah, I totally was."

Another interesting tidbit Harbour revealed for fans was that the big beard he sported as the Red Guardian was originally grown for his “Stranger Things” character, but he decided to use it for “Black Widow.”

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