Tenet director Christopher Nolan has spoken out following Anne Hathaway’s claim he doesn’t allow chairs on the sets of his movies. The prolific filmmaker is well-known in Hollywood, thanks to his work on The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk, among other other films. His next movie, Tenet, has been a source of much excitement. Large parts of the story remain a mystery, though Nolan has insisted it isn’t a time-travel film, unlike some of his other works. Tenet‘s release date has also been a topic of conversation, as many see it as a benchmark for when movie theaters will reopen after the coronavirus pandemic. As of now, Tenet is set to be released on August 12, though that could certainly change, especially with cases on the rise in major markets.
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Nolan himself made headlines this week for a different reason. While talking with Hugh Jackman for Variety’s Actors on Actors issue, Hathaway revealed Nolan “doesn’t allow chairs,” explaining, “his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working.” Hathaway has worked with Nolan on both The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, which explains her familiarity with his sets. Her comments quickly took off on social media, with many Twitter users discussing the alleged chair ban.
Now, a spokesperson for Nolan sets the record straight. In a statement to IndieWire, the representative explained:
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.
The statement from Nolan’s spokesperson offers some clarity, as it explains Nolan himself doesn’t like using chairs, but doesn’t stop anyone else, including actors, from using them. His personal stance on chairs makes sense, as directing is an incredibly active job that doesn’t allow much time for sitting anyway. The information about what’s actually banned on his sets shows Nolan isn’t too upset by Hathaway’s claim, as he’s willing to make a joke about how difficult it is to keep cast and crew away from their cell phones.
In the grand scheme of things, the chair controversy isn’t a big deal, especially now that Nolan has clarified his stance. When the ban was originally discussed, many expressed concern it wasn’t fair to those who are unable to stand for long periods of time. Now that the director has revealed no ban exists, hopefully it helps assuage those worries. As Nolan continues doing press for Tenet‘s upcoming release, he will likely be asked about his chair stance again. However, his recent comments should provide enough clarity.
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Key Release Dates
- Tenet (2020)Release date: Aug 12, 2020
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