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Chairs not banned on Christopher Nolan’s sets, spokesperson on social media criticism

Stories about what Nolan bans on his movie sets started doing the round on social media after Variety published its ‘Actors on Actors’ segment with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. Hathaway, who has worked with Nolan on “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Intersteller”, praised the director for not allowing chairs on his set.

PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: 01-07-2020 15:21 IST | Created: 01-07-2020 15:21 IST
Chairs not banned on Christopher Nolan’s sets, spokesperson on social media criticism

Director Christopher Nolan does not ban chairs from his sets, his spokesperson said debunking social media criticism around the rule. Stories about what Nolan bans on his movie sets started doing the round on social media after Variety published its ‘Actors on Actors’ segment with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.

Hathaway, who has worked with Nolan on “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Intersteller”, praised the director for not allowing chairs on his set. In her interview, the actor said Nolan’s reasoning for not allowing chairs 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,” she added.

The story prompted several journalists and critics to criticise the “no chairs” rule, forcing the director’s team to set the record straight. "For the record, the only things banned from sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully)," Nolan’s spokesperson Kelly Bush Novak of ID said in a statement to IndieWire. “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," Novak added.

Nolan’s next release is “Tenet,” an espionage epic starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Bollywood actor Dimple Kapadia. The film is set to be released on August 12.


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