Anne Hathaway explains filmmaker Christopher Nolan's 'no-chair' rule on set

"I think he’s onto something." Anne Hathaway spills the beans on director Christopher Nolan

Doreen Penilla

June 30, 2020
Anne Hathaway explains filmmaker Christopher Nolan's 'no-chair' rule on set
In a new episode of Variety's Actors on Actors series, Anne chatted with Hugh Jackman about her being a "director nerd", her intense preparations to portray Catwoman in "The Dark Knight", and something very interesting about filmmaker Christopher Nolan. 

"I’m such a director nerd," said the Academy-award winning actress. "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. That combination of really being intentional about what it was that we were doing — and also, he’s just so inspiring."

For her role as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight", Anne detailed how the "Inception" director encouraged her to be fit and healthy so she'll be able to do her own stunts.

"Chris sat me down and he said, ‘It has nothing to do with your appearance. If we’ve shot tomorrow, I’d be so happy,'" she said.

Anne then recalled what Chris told her, quoting, "'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.'"

And it worked! The 37-year-old celeb shared, "That was what he told me to get me to embrace the physical side of the character and really commit that."

Another fascinating fact that Anne revealed about Chris is his "no-chair" rule during filming. 

"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," Anne said. 

Anne, however, believes that there are more reasons as to why Chris enforces that!

She 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."

Watch Anne and Hugh's full conversation here!

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