Inception and his upcoming movie Tenet’s director, Director Christopher Nolan has an answer for Anne Hathaway’s claim that he bans the chairs during the shooting of his films.
During Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman mentioned Nolan’s weird request, Hathaway said that the filmmaker doesn’t allow chairs on set because he doesn’t want actors and actresses sitting down. She said:
“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.”
The successful director’s team responded to Hathaway’s claim and stated that the only thing Nolan’s banned on his sets; smoking and cell phones.
Here’s the statement:
“For the record, the only things banned from [Christopher Nolan’s] sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully).
The chairs Anne was referring to are the directors chairs clustered around the video monitor, allocated on the basis of hierarchy not physical need. Chris chooses not to use his but has never banned chairs from the set. Cast and crew can sit wherever and whenever they need and frequently do.”
Mandy co-writer and filmmaker, Aaron Stewart-Ah, tweeted out on his Twitter page and denied her claims about it. He wrote:
“I was an extra in the Dark Knight Rises, one of like 500 Gotham city cops in the Wall St Brawl scene. We had plenty of chairs and tables in our staging area, in an abandoned building an anarchist tried to blow up in 1920, blocks away from Occupy Wall St.”
Check out the Twitter post, and click here for the source of the statement.
I was an extra in the Dark Knight Rises, one of like 500 Gotham city cops in the Wall St Brawl scene. We had plenty of chairs and tables in our staging area, in an abandoned building an anarchist tried to blow up in 1920, blocks away from Occupy Wall St. https://t.co/nJYPdddvlI
— Aaron Stewart-Ahn (@somebadideas) June 29, 2020