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‘I Don’t Even Care If It Lowers My Life Expectancy’: Elon Musk Raves About Diet Coke, Popcorn, And Movies

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Elon Musk is seen at the 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by NDZ/Star Max/GC Images)
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Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk could certainly afford to buy his own private movie theater — but he made it abundantly clear on Thursday that he still had a soft spot for crowded theaters packed with strangers all enjoying a film together.

The conversation began with a tweet from author Daniel Crosby, detailing how his life had changed since he decided to stop drinking Diet Coke.

“I used to drink tons of Diet Coke but it’s been one month since I’ve had a drop,” he began. “I want to share some of the changes I’ve observed in myself over that time: My health is unchanged. I’m less happy. My one source of joy is gone. Thanks for encouraging me on this journey.”

Musk first responded with his thoughts on Diet Coke. “Diet Coke is amazing, especially the soda fountain version at movie theaters with salt & butter popcorn,” he tweeted.

“I don’t even care if it lowers my life expectancy,” he added.

He added one final thought, tying it all together. “There’s something special about enjoying movies in a theater with total strangers,” he said. “I hope that never goes away.”

Theaters have only just really begun to recover after two years — which began with months of forced closures — of forced masking and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of December 2021, over 600 movie theaters remained shuttered across the United States — and some still have not reopened.

According to a report from Bloomberg, “The casualties stretch across the continent, afflicting big chains like AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. and mom-and-pop outfits. They’re shut in small towns, like Devils Lake, North Dakota, and in the heart of Hollywood, where plywood has been nailed over the windows of Los Angeles’ iconic Cinerama Dome.”

But the return of summer blockbusters — and the early success of films like actor Tom Cruise’s latest outing, “Top Gun: Maverick” — could indicate that Americans are ready to return to theaters en masse.

According to a Forbes report published Wednesday, “Top Gun: Maverick” had already cleared $600 million at the box office — and there are some predicting it could reach $1 billion by the end of the summer. And Cruise’s film is far from the only traditional summer fare available – “Jurassic World: Dominion” also came out swinging, making $325 million world wide as of June 5.