Transcendence is a Johnny Depp vehicle that opens at movie theaters this weekend. The Tesla Model S is a Elon Musk vehicle that easily transcends the speed limits. What do these two seemingly unassociated facts share in common? A speeding ticket.

It seems a few cast members of the sci-fi film – which is not at all remotely anything like The Lawnmower Man – including the aforementioned Depp, were being given an on-road demonstration of the all-electric sedan by the automaker's CEO when they were pulled over for speeding.

According to a report in the Sun tabloid, Musk visited the set where he was introduced to Depp by director Wally Pfister. This led to the trio, along with co-stars Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany, all piling into the car for a bit of a joy ride. Apparently, Musk got a little too joyous with the accelerator and they were soon pulled over by an officer of the law, who was neither star-struck nor amused by the antics of the assembled celebrities. Depp is quoted as saying, "Elon had a good sense of humour about it. The cop did not. He needed a humor chip. But it was a good time, nonetheless."

We don't know if the excursion led to any Model S sales, but we can say that the prolific movie star definitely enjoyed the adventure. "I had one of the best experiences I've ever had," Depp said. While we (sadly) don't have footage from the incident to share, you can scroll below for the official trailer from Transcendence.



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      Grendal
      • 1 Day Ago
      "The same accident would have led to similar serious injury or death." Unlikely. There have been numerous reports of Model S's being in accidents in excess of 100 MPH. PW's Porsche was going 50 MPH according to the reports. Though I would hesitate to say it was impossible - just very unlikely.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Day Ago
      Hmmm.. Trancendence is the true sequel to "The Lawnmower Man"
      danfred311
      • 1 Day Ago
      It happens. The movie is not realistic though in case someone is concerned. machine intelligence doesn't have emotion nor can it ever. no arbitrary desires will arise. that's us projecting onto the machine. the only way we could be moved to a machine is if it's possible to make a machine that connects to the spiritual domain like our bodies do and somehow connect to that particular soul in a stable way. You cannot do pain in a computer.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Day Ago
        @danfred311
        People born with nonfunctional pain receptors also don't feel pain. I don't think you would suggest that they are soulless just because the mechanism that causes the perception of pain is nonfunctional or not present. Also, since the perception of pain is a neurochemical mechanism that can be broken and fixed, it is conceivable that a biocomputer could in fact do pain some day, and we just don't have sufficient technology yet. But biocomputing is still in its infancy and who knows what the future will bring. You say it's not realistic. I say it's not realistic *yet*.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Day Ago
      ABG article title like an episode of Friends?
      Ashton
      • 8 Months Ago
      If I was the cop I would of gave him an ultimatum, give him a speeding ticket, or let him off with a warning if I can get an autograph from him personalized to me. THAT, would be awesome. I don't care about the movie stars, Musk will be remembered through the ages.
      Joeviocoe
      • 8 Months Ago
      "Transcendence is a Johnny Depp vehicle" Movie..? Dominick.... spell check can't be your only tool to check for errors. Gotta proof read at least the first sentence.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Depp is quoted as saying, "Elon had a good sense of humour about it. The cop did not. He needed a humor chip. But it was a good time, nonetheless." And did you intentionally mix the English and American spelling of humour? Other website quotes have the 'u' included since Depp does talk naturally with a British accent nowadays.
        Nick Kordich
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        A "star vehicle" is jargon/slang for a movie that is simply used to get an actor onto the screen, relying on the star's participation to sell tickets. It's sometimes shortened to "vehicle" and I expect that is the intent in using it here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_vehicle As to the British spelling of humor, the original source was the UK tabloid, The Sun. I think it was left over from copy & pasting from that, rather than an affectation by Depp that left in the "u."
      • 8 Months Ago
      This whole thing sounds like a perfectly good publicity stunt to me. Allegedly, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple computers, used to DELIBERATELY go as fast as possible in his hybrid vehicle so that he'd get speeding tickets. The idea was to create headlines making the eco-friendly hybrids seem "sexier". EG: http://macdailynews.com/2007/08/21/woz_gets_700_speeding_ticket_for_doing_104_mph_in_toyota_prius/ Or at least so claims his (ex) girlfriend Kathy Griffin.
      Lancelot
      • 1 Day Ago
      Tesla = Made in California = #1 + Teabagger-free! Thank You Elon Musk and President Barack Obama!
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        @Lancelot
        Enjoy the battery fires!
      karlInSanDiego
      • 1 Day Ago
      As if you couldn't kill yourself in a Tesla. That's just stupid. The same accident would have led to similar serious injury or death. Don't start telling us e- cars can't burn and therefore they are inherently safer to drive 70mph over the limit around a corner in. We know e- cars can and do burn. Rapid deceleration will kill you in any car, no matter what safety measures you try to employ. Heart and brain can't be slowed inside your fast moving body without terminal injury. "both men died within seconds of impact"
      Grendal
      • 1 Day Ago
      Oops. Too bad the officer didn't think it was funny. Speeding, by itself, is unlikely to cause an accident. Erratic driving while speeding deserves a stern look and a ticket. A pleasant attitude probably would have gotten a visit to the set and maybe a cameo in the movie.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Grendal
        In other words, using privileged access and celebrity status to give favor to a public official as payback for the unspoken favor of getting out of a ticket. In other words, a bribe.
          Grendal
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Yes. As old as time. Also known as greasing the wheels.
      raktmn
      • 8 Months Ago
      Maybe the officer lost his sense of humor for stars taking joy rides with a false sense of immortality, while scraping up what was left of Paul Walker.
        Nick Kordich
        • 1 Day Ago
        @raktmn
        Transcendence was filmed between June and August, 2013. Paul Walker died in November of 2013.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Nick Kordich
          Thanks, I was wondering when they were filming since that time frame is when this incident happened. So the cop wouldn't have been thinking about the PW crash because it didn't happen when this happened.
        Weapon
        • 1 Day Ago
        @raktmn
        If Paul Walker was in a Tesla and not a Porsche, he would be alive today. Though the officer was doing his job, nobody is going to blame him for it.
      RB
      • 1 Day Ago
      Thanks ABG for the movie preview.
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