Multi-award winning director Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow any chairs on his sets, including his highly-anticipated movie Tenet.
Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman talked to each other over video chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, and they reunited as a part of Les Miserables cast. Hathaway and Jackman starred in Tom Hooper’s 2012 movie, Les Miserables.
During their conversation, the Wolverine actor mentioned two directors who don’t allow cellphones during filming; Darren Aronofsky and Denis Villeneuve. Hathaway interrupted Jackman and added one director who doesn’t allow cellphones on the set; Christopher Nolan.
The 37-year-old actress also said that Nolan doesn’t tolerate any chairs during filming too. Hathaway explained the simple reason for this ban and said that the reason Nolan set these rules was to increase focus. Here’s the conversation:
Hugh Jackman said:
“You’ve broken my heart on-screen several times. You have that incredible ability to rip your heart open in your performance, which in the end is what it’s all about, right?
You just reminded me: There are two directors I’ve worked with that don’t allow cellphones on set, Darren Aronofsky and Denis Villeneuve. Both of them had exactly the same reason, which is exactly what you were saying: It’s about intentionality. Both of them talk about the space being sacred. If you’re on a cellphone, it dissipates that energy.”
Anna Hathaway stated:
“I don’t want to contradict you, but you’ve worked with three directors that don’t allow cellphones: Christopher Nolan.”
“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.”
Click here for the source of the statement, and watch the full chat of Variety’s Actor and Actor below.