Ah, yes, the great debate of our modern times: does acclaimed cinematic auteur Christopher Nolan hate chairs?
What started as an off-hand comment from Anne Hathaway — she told Hugh Jackman in a one-on-one interview that Nolan “doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working” — has now snowballed into a full-blown controversy, as Christopher Nolan had a spokesperson PUT OUT A STATEMENT to quash the rumors that Nolan harbors ill-will towards our four-legged seating apparatuses.
“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 Kelly Bush Novak of ID said in a statement. “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.” [via IndieWire]
Seriously, what is it with these geniuses, man? Can’t they at least pretend to be normal, even just a little bit? Slick Chrissy Noles, my guy, you’re literally one of the most influential movie directors walking the Earth, movie studios and theaters across the globe essentially hand you blank checks — who in the almighty flying fuck cares whether you do or do not like chairs? Just because chairs aren’t susceptible to fancy plot tricks and mindfucking twists doesn’t mean you’ve got to dismantle their industry, Chris.
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