17 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
1. He might have never made Batman series.
If not for Martin Scorsese, who was ahead in making a Howard Hughes biopic. An idea which Nolan had cherished to complete with Jim Carrey as his lead. He even wrote the screenplay, calling it “one of the best things I’ve ever written.” Nolan reluctantly tabled his script and took up directing Batman Begins (2005).
2. He was Colorblind.
One thing which even his nearest and dearest of friends didn’t know was that Nolan couldn’t differentiate red from green. He was born color blind. An exceptional condition in those times which he failed to acknowledge in his career timeline.
3. He planned Inception for 8 years.
A young director with dreams in his head and no money for a dreamy, almost impossible film, Nolan collected funds and that too, for more than eight years. ‘inception’ screenplay was incepted in his mind since then. He was sure that nobody would be able to think of such an idea based movie cause he considered it ‘one amongst all’ idea which was patented in his head till he got the fund to execute his plan.
4. He began making films at the age of seven.
Nolan would use his father’s super 8mm camera and an assortment of male-action figures for personal entertainment. His friends would also shun his film making dreams. Nothing deterred him as he documented various toys and inanimate objects around the neighborhood. He rarely documented people in his works. He says, even he is unsure why he didn’t. Maybe because he thought humans are too mainstream.
5. He asked the audience to donate money for his film Memento.
Come the year 2000 and directors who were too proud to say that they had no funds for a certain project and they were taking a break, there was he. Nolan was not at all ashamed to ask the Hollywood infested culture for help.
6. He is a big James Bond fan.
He had said to David S. Goyer, that his favorite James Bond movie is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). He likes to keep a collection of props from the sets of James bond. It is one franchise which makes him feel that he could have done better with his own, Batman.
7. His top ten favorite movies are:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Black Hole (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Chinatown (1974), The Hitcher (1986), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)), Star Wars (1977), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Topkapi (1964), as well as anything by Stanley Kubrick.
8. He studied English literature and scored poor.
He had enrolled in University College London (UCL) mainly to use the film making facilities.Though he always wished to succeed in his opted course, he never fared well, and the professors thought he wasn’t interested at all.
9. His screenplay, “Keys to the Street” remains unproduced.
He Adapted Ruth Rendell’s novel, “The Keys to the Street,” into a screenplay that he was set to direct for Fox Searchlight after Insomnia (2002). However, he instead went on to direct Batman Begins (2005).
10. People who have worked with him find him, brooding and cold.
Those who know him say that he rarely exhibits emotions and that death doesn’t sadden him. He has few friends and fewer acquaintances. “I never considered myself a lucky person. I’m the most extraordinary pessimist. I truly am. I have disappointed many”, Christopher J. Nolan.
11. He is Hollywood's success mogul
All eight of Nolan's mainstream movies have been critical and box-office successes. Collectively, his films have amassed over $4.2 billion globally and have earned a total of 26 Oscar nominations.
12. He is a self-made man
Nolan is a literature graduate who never attended film school. His first feature was Following, a ￡3,000-budget film that was entirely funded by him. Following was filmed with friends, and shot on weekends, using amateur equipment. The film netted over ￡240,000 worldwide and won several awards.
13. Michael Caine has featured in all of Nolan's last six films
Christopher Nolan considers Sir Michael Caine as his “lucky charm” and has a close group of trusted personnel in most of his projects. His wife, Emma Thomas, has co-produced all his movies. His screenwriter-author brother, Jonathan Nolan, music director Hans Zimmer and cinematographer Wally Pfister are other well-known regulars on his sets.
14. He never makes movies in 3D
According to Nolan, “the whole point of photography is that it is three dimensional”, and so refuses to shoot with 3-D cameras. While most production houses nowadays have taken the digital route, Nolan is adamant about shooting on film stock.
15. He does not use a mobile phone or email
That's right, Nolan prefers being “old-school”, and even prohibits the use of mobile phones on set. He gets his assistant to print out important emails instead.
16. He has never won an Oscar or a BAFTA award
Although nominated on several occasions, Christopher Nolan has never won an Academy Award or the British Academy Film Award. He joins a list of renowned directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Fincher to have not won the Oscar. Not bad company to be in!
17. Irrfan Khan turned down Nolan's offer to star in Interstellar
The role of Dr Mann in Nolan's Interstellar was initially offered to Indian actor Irrfan Khan, but he declined, as he was busy with the promotions of his film The Lunchbox. The role later went to Matt Damon.