ByJohn Edakul, writer at
John Edakul

Following an article from The New York Times on the profile of Christopher Nolan, I realised just how much of a unique person Christopher Nolan is, his behaviours are similar to Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet etc.

Here are some surprising facts:

1. He "claims not to have an email address," so his assistant prints out important emails for him to read.

2. He's always on time.

3. He never works weekends.

4. Like Steve Jobs and others, he wears the same exact thing every day. In Nolan's case: a "dark, narrow-lapeled jacket over a blue dress shirt with a lightly fraying collar, plus durable black trousers over scuffed, sensible shoes. In colder weather, Nolan outfits himself with a fitted herringbone waistcoat, the bottom button left open. A pair of woven periwinkle cuff links and rather garish striped socks represent his only concessions to whimsy or sentimentality..."

5. He's addicted to hot tea, so much so that he always carries a flask of it around with him in his pocket and his teeth are stained "a chestnut gradient". Michael Caine (who plays Alfred Pennyworth, Batman's butler in The Dark Knight trilogy) asked him if he puts vodka in it, but Nolan allegedly said no.

6. Before he makes a movie, he spends up to two weeks typing the original idea out for the film on his father's old typewriter.

7. He tries to film as many of his special effects in-camera as possible (rather than editing them in after), to the extent that his postproduction coordinator told The Times Magazine that he worked on romantic comedies with more after effects than there were in The Dark Knight Rises.

8. By the same token, he builds humungous model sets in old aircraft hangars that are so immersive, one Warner Bros. executive actually got lost in the fake rain falling on the Gotham set that was built for one of The Dark Knight movies.

9. He's a fierce advocate for analog 35-millimeter film over digital, so much so that he came to New York City to visit theaters to make sure they were correctly outfitted to be able to project Interstellar.

10. He also shot even the Skype-like video transmissions that appear within Interstellar on 35-mm film.


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