Call him Christopher No-sit.
Oscar-nominated director Christopher Nolan‘s secret to a top-grossing flick has been revealed: no chairs on set.
“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,” says Anne Hathaway, who starred in Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi flick “Interstellar” and performed Catwoman in his 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises.” She reveals the rule throughout a video chat together with her former “Les Misérables” co-star Hugh Jackman for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” challenge. The journal launched the Skype session Monday night time, exposing some head-scratching particulars in regards to the storied director’s strict on-set requirements.
Hathway, who snagged a 2013 Oscar for her function in director Tom Hopper’s “Les Mis,” appears to again the decree. “[The movie] always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he’s onto something with the chair thing,” she tells Jackman, who labored with Nolan on the 2006 movie “The Prestige.”
“He’s broken [filmmaking] down to its most minimal,” says Hathway, 37, who went on to name 49-year-old Nolan “inspiring.” Perhaps “most minimal” means solid and crew ought to discover a wall to lean on in the event that they want a break.
Alhough the duo spends most of their hourlong chat heaping reward on one another — “You can’t compliment me before I compliment you!” coos Hathway at one level — Jackman does dish on different director calls for, together with a no-cellphone rule established by Nolan, Darren Aronofsky (Jackman starred in his 2006 movie “The Fountain”) and Denis Villeneuve (Jackman was in his 2013 film “Prisoners”).
Jackman, who most lately starred in HBO’s “Bad Education,” even presents an odd, new-wave reasoning for the edict: “It’s about intentionality,” says the 51-year-old actor, including that it’s “about the space being sacred. If you’re on a cellphone, it dissipates that energy.”
Hathaway additionally presents a mea culpa for bungling her 2011 co-hosting of the Oscars — The Post known as her flip “hyperactive” — by heaping reward on Jackman’s internet hosting efficiency in 2009.
“I’m so happy that 50% of the people on this conversation did a really good job hosting the Oscars,” she says with humility.