Anne Hathaway reveals director doesn’t allow chairs on set!!! She believes it’s why Nolan’s movies are often ahead of schedule
Anne Hathaway revealed what she believes is the secret to director Christopher Nolan’s success — no chairs on set.
The actress sat down for a virtual interview with fellow actor Hugh Jackman for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series in which the duo got to talking about their experience working with the acclaimed director.
Jackman worked with Nolan on the 2006 movie “The Prestige.” Hathaway, meanwhile, worked with the “Inception” director on hit films “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar.”
In their chat, Jackman noted that he’s worked with directors Darren Aronofsky and Denis Villeneuve, who have a rule on their sets that cell phones aren’t allowed. That’s when Hathaway chimed in to note that Nolan doesn’t allow phones on set either.
“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,” she explained. “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.”
UPDATED: Christopher Nolan does not ban chairs from his movie sets, a spokesperson for the director has confirmed to IndieWire. Social media buzz over an alleged chair ban on Nolan’s sets erupted June 29 after Variety published an “Actors on Actors” video interview between Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman in which the former complimented Nolan’s decision not to allow chairs on set. Hathaway has appeared in Nolan’s blockbusters “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar.”
“For the record, the only things banned from [Christopher Nolan’s] sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully),” Nolan’s spokesperson Kelly Bush Novak of ID said in a statement. “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.”
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Anne Hathaway reveals director doesn’t allow chairs! Anne Hathaway reveals director doesn’t allow chairs