Anne Hathaway Talks Christopher Nolan's Directing Style And Why He Doesn't Allow Chairs

Nolan runs a tight ship.


A surprising bit of trivia offering some insight into director Christopher Nolan's process has come out of a new interview from Variety's long-running Actor on Actors feature. Speaking to Hugh Jackman--who also worked with Nolan on 2006's The Prestige--Anne Hathaway shared Nolan's expectations for her stepping into the role of Catwoman in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises: Do as many of the stunts as you can, and you can forget sitting in chairs during the production.

Hathaway recalled a conversation she had with Nolan: "When we did Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt trained for 12 weeks to do a four-day stunt sequence because he wanted to do every shot'... I want you to do as much of the stunt work as you can. I need you to be strong enough to do that. I can't have you be one of those actors that does one take, two takes and then you're too tired. I want you to do everything."

Thinking back on the filming of The Dark Knight Rises, Hathaway also remembered this detail: "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 think he’s onto something with the chair thing."

Nolan's newest film, Tenet, is currently slated to be in theaters August 12--although the release date has been pushed back twice so far due to complications with theater and COVID-19. When originally announced, it was slated to arrive in theaters July 17. You can watch Tenet's trailer below.

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