Christopher Nolan Prefers the Unlimited ‘Rat’ Plan

Scott Feinberg, awards columnist at our sister publication THR, has shared an engrossing Q&A with Christopher Nolan. Or, if you prefer, the director of the only top ten international grossing film of 2014 that was not ‘a remake, sequel, reboot or adaptation.’

Towards the end of the conversation, Feinberg confirms the rumor that Nolan has neither a cell phone or email account. When he follows up with “How can that be?”, Nolan interrupts to explain:

“Well, I’ve never used email because I don’t find it would help me with anything I’m doing. I just couldn’t be bothered about it. As far as the cell phone goes, it’s like that whole thing about “in New York City, you’re never more than two feet from a rat” – I’m never [more than] two feet from a cell phone.”

“I mean, we’ll be on a scout with 10 people and all of them have phones, so it’s very easy to get in touch with me when people need to. When I started in this business, not many people had cell phones, I didn’t have one, I never bothered to get one and I’ve been very fortunate to be working continuously, so there’s always someone around me who can tap me on the shoulder and hand me a phone if they need to. I actually really like not having one because it gives me time to think. You know, when you have a Smartphone and you have 10 minutes to spare, you go on it and you start looking at stuff.”

During the conversation, Nolan also singled out Richard Donner’s seminal 1978 superhero film Superman as a formative influence, praising the movie’s depiction of bustling New York City. Read the full convo here.
 
[Photo of Nolan with his wife and film producer partner Emma Thomas at October 26, 2014 Hollywood premiere of Interstellar: Jaguar PS/Shutterstock.com]