The acclaimed director Christopher Nolan is being widely ridiculed and criticised after it was revealed that he doesn't like having chairs on the sets of his movies.
In an interview with Variety, Anne Hathaway spoke to Hugh Jackman, who have both worked with the British director on the movies The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and The Prestige respectively. According to Hathaway, Nolan's reasoning behind this is that if people are sitting down they aren't working. She told Jackman:
[Nolan] doesn’t allow chairs. And his reasoning is: if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working.
While this might seem like a cruel stance for Nolan to adopt, especially when filming sessions can go on for hours, Hathaway admitted that she could understand the method to his madness.
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.
Nolan is known for his obsession with executing big technical stunts and themes surrounding time and memory which have seen him lauded as one of the best directors of his generation thanks to movies like Inception, Dunkirk and Momento. However, this revelation hasn't gone down as well as some of his movies have in the cinema, with the director being derided for his policy, especially when he casts older actors like Michael Caine in many of his movies.
Nolan's next film, Tenet starring Robert Pattinson and John David Washington was due to be released this Summer but has been subject of many delays because of the coronavirus pandemic. Stay tuned to see how many chairs actually feature in the film once it hits the big screen.