Though directors can come up with some great films, you always love a story where actors or crew talk about weird quirks they have on set. Stanley Kubrick was a notoriously difficult perfectionist, and Anne Hathaway has just revealed that Christopher Nolan is not a fan of chairs.
Talking to Hugh Jackman during a segment of Variety’s Actors on Actors, Hathaway reveals that during her work on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, Nolan wouldn’t allow chairs on his set. She tells Jackman:
“Chris also doesn’t allow chairs. I worked with him twice. He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working. I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion. It always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he’s onto something with the chair thing.”
Jackman has also worked with Nolan with The Prestige, and he can only recall that Nolan doesn’t want cellphones on his set; the same with directors Darren Aronofsky and Denis Villeneuve. While it seems like a rule for kids in school, I guess it would make sense to impose those in movie sets as well, seeing that cellphones have evolved to be very good at distracting people.
At some point, Nolan is getting flak for such a silly rule, but if it works for his films on a technical scale, I guess he really is onto something. Hopefully, he just has exceptions for people who are differently-abled, like frequent collaborator Michael Caine who is 87-years-old.
Nolan’s next film, Tenet, is now sitting on a release on Aug. 12.