This tidbit/trivia knowledge, which could be hard to bring up in casual conversation, came about when Hathaway, who's had roles in a pair of Nolan films (namely The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar), was speaking to Hugh Jackman during a virtual conversation the two partook in for Variety's "Actors on Actors."
The two Hollywood vets were talking about directors who wouldn't allow cellphones on set. That's when Hathaway brought up that Nolan takes things a step further when it comes to axing anything that may distract from the creative process.
"I don't want to contradict you," she said when Jackman was only able to rattle off two directors who uphold that cellphone ban. "But you've worked with three directors that don't allow cellphones: Christopher Nolan."
"Oh, that's right," recalled Jackman after apparently forgetting about 2006's The Prestige.
That's when Hathaway pivoted to Nolan's more restrictive policy, stating that she believes he may be "onto something." Perhaps this will bring back memories of some crappy summer job you held once.
"Chris also doesn't allow chairs," 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."
"[His movies] always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget," she went on. "I think he's onto something with the chair thing."
She also went on to talk about non-chair related topics (for whatever reason), but the tidbit that seems to have stuck with the social media masses is Nolan's disdain for formal seating. Well, at least that's the takeaway after reading these:
Guys you don't understand, when Christopher Nolan was younger, a chair crashed through his window, frightening him— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) June 29, 2020
Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Allow Chairs On His Sets Because If People Sit, “They’re Not Working”— hann (@palisayn_) June 29, 2020
Robert: Pattinson pic.twitter.com/o2seKy6UO3
"IF YOU HAVE TIME TO LEAN YOU HAVE TIME TO CLEAN" -every asshole retail manager you have ever worked for in your life AND christopher nolan, apparently https://t.co/ysgEbS9IRN— dawnya 💕🌸 (@xo_pinkishheart) June 29, 2020
rt to scare christopher nolan pic.twitter.com/ulRtf7ix26— taran // BLM // ACAB (@thebatman_2021) June 29, 2020
The true villain of Christopher Nolan's new film "Tenet." pic.twitter.com/DWgwuZy0ss— Joseph Badih (@chaospinger) June 29, 2020
grocery store manager Christopher Nolan https://t.co/btrgEULnQT— Nathan Bernhardt (@jonbernhardt) June 29, 2020
Still of Christopher Nolan seeing someone sitting on his set Circa. 2008 pic.twitter.com/hceHB9sLlO— Sarver (@RealJacobSarver) June 29, 2020
"It's simple ... we remove the chairs." - Christopher Nolan, probably pic.twitter.com/whcYHHjIz0— The Ringer (@ringer) June 29, 2020
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