Director Christopher Nolan Shuts Down Anne Hathaway's Claim That He Doesn't "Allow" Chairs on Set

Director Christopher Nolan is responding to Anne Hathaway's recent claims about having chairs on the set of his films. Read his statement.

By Jess Cohen Jul 01, 2020 2:02 PMTags
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Director Christopher Nolan is addressing Anne Hathaway's recent claim about having chairs on the set of his films.

Just days ago, Variety released Hathaway's Actors on Actors interview with her former Les Misérables co-star, Hugh Jackman. During the duo's chat, Hathaway talked about working with Nolan on the set of 2012's The Dark Knight Rises.

Talking to Jackman about taking on the role of Catwoman, Hathaway shared, "You know how you have those jobs and you just go, 'I don't know how I'm going to work again because this was such fun.' I'm such a director nerd. I love just seeking out the best directors I can and then just watching them."

"Chris' whole approach to filmmaking is one of my favorite ones. He's broken it down to its most minimal, but also his movies are just so huge and ornate," the Oscar winner continued. "That combination of really being intentional about what it was that we were doing — and also, he's just so inspiring."

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Hathaway, who also worked with Nolan on 2014's Interstellar, also recalled the atmosphere on the director's film sets.

"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," the 37-year-old star said. "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."

After Hathaway's interview quotes made headlines, Nolan decided to address the star's claim.

"For the record, the only things banned from [Christopher Nolan's] sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully)," Nolan's spokesperson said in a statement to E! News. "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."


You can watch Hathaway's interview with Jackman in the video above!