People call him the God of Modern Cinema. Especially after the release of The Dark Knight, fans literally worship him, and why not? He has given some great movies to Hollywood; movies that keep you thinking for years and require multiple viewing. But there are some interesting facts about Christopher Nolan that you might not be aware of. We are sharing them below, just for you.
1) He gained major funding during the 1999 Hong Kong Film Festival by showing his film Following (1998) and then asking the audience to donate money to his next film Memento (2000).
2) 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: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Topkapi (1964), as well as anything by Stanley Kubrick.
3) Following Insomnia (2002), his next project was going to be a Howard Hughes biopic starring Jim Carrey. Nolan had the screenplay written (calling it “one of the best things I’ve ever written”), but once it became apparent Martin Scorsese was making his own Hughes biopic, The Aviator (2004), Nolan reluctantly tabled his script and took up directing Batman Begins (2005).
4) His film, Interstellar (2014), is the sixth consecutive movie of his to have a role played by Michael Caine.
5) 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). “Keys to the Street” remains unproduced.
6) He and Spider-Man (2002) director Sam Raimi are the only directors to do three live-action Comic Book adaptations of the same character.
7) He initially directed his Batman films so he could get funding and support for his bigger films. The one he had planned for years was ”Inception”.
8) Always refuses to use a second unit in his movies, preferring instead to oversee every shot himself with DP Wally Pfister.
9) Vast majority of Nolan’s movies have an interesting common part of the plot – the main protagonist of each of the movies Nolan has directed experience some sort of mind problem, difficulty that significantly contributes to the storyline. In Memento (2000), Leonard suffers a short-term memory loss that has been caused by the murder of his wife. In Insomnia (2002), detective Will Dormer while on prosecution of the suspect accidentally shoots his partner. As a result of this mistake, detective suffers insomnia. Thoughtout the Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012), Bruce Wayne experiences a fear of Bats, which inspires him to conquer fear and fight this mental suffering. In Prestige (2006), magician Angier seeks vengeance on his partner, who he thinks to blame for his wife’s death and who constantly experiences visions of the moment his wife dies. In Inception (2010), Cobb suffers the loss of his wife, whose suicide he thinks he provoked. As a result of this, he constantly sees and visualizes his wife, as if he believes that she is still alive.
10) His first film Following (1998) was made for 6,000 pounds and was shot on weekends as the cast and crew all had full-time jobs.
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