Tenet director Christopher Nolan " has never banned chairs" from his sets

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Update (July 1): Christopher Nolan has denied Anne Hathaway's claim that he "doesn't allow" chairs on set.

The director's rep responded to the actress's comment with a clarification of what actually is prohibited from his movie sets.

"For the record, the only things banned from [Christopher Nolan's] sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully)," the spokesperson told IndieWire 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."

So, that's that cleared up.

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Original (June 30): The Dark Knight trilogy and Tenet director Christopher Nolan is known for being very methodical and precise when it comes to his work, but we must admit we were quite surprised by Anne Hathaway's admission about one particular rule he has in place.

The actor was speaking with Hugh Jackman as part of Variety's 'Actors on Actors' series, when she claimed that the director is not unlike That One Manager you had at your first-ever job.

"He doesn't allow chairs," she said, "and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they're sitting, they're not working."

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It raises quite a few questions about what the extras do in-between takes, and what anyone who is less able to stand does while they're on set, but Hathaway went on to praise Nolan's results.

"I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion," she added. "It always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he's onto something with the chair thing."

Hathaway worked with the director on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, while Jackman starred in The Prestige.

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Related: Christopher Nolan crashed a real plane for Tenet as it was "more efficient"

Last week, Fortnite hosted a community movie night of Nolan movies in an attempt to recreate the communal experience of the cinema.

Meanwhile, the director's latest mind-bending movie, Tenet, has been delayed again, this time to August 12.

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