Today I Learned: Christopher Nolan Has A Phobia Of Chairs On His Film Sets

The Dark Knight Stands.

It’s not a stretch to call Christopher Nolan one of the best filmmakers working in Hollywood today (depending on who you ask) and someone who draws in Ocsar-level talent like Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman like nerds to Batman movies. But like most movie geniuses, Christopher Nolan has a particular series of quirks and his one is especially weird because he apparently hates having chairs on his film sets.

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Appearing on Variety‘s ‘Actors On Actors’ series, old mates and Les Misérables co-stars Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman got chatting about their latest projects, what it was like making their movie-musical, and what it was like working with Christopher Nolan (which is what we’re here for, let’s be honest).

Partway through their entertaining hour-long chat, Anne brought up the fun fact that Hugh had worked with three directors who don’t allow mobile phones on set: Denis Villeneuve, Darren Aronofsky, and of course, Nolan.

This in turn led to Anne revealing that Christopher Nolan also doesn’t allow chairs on his set because his reasoning is “if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working.”

On the surface, this “no chairs on set” rule from Christopher Nolan comes off as a bit of a dick because no allowing cast and crew to sit while on set sounds unethical and borderline abusive, especially if some people can’t stand for hours at a time (which is expected on a film set) due to a medical and/or physical condition.

It could also just be an exaggerated story told as a joke by Anne to Hugh since their ‘Actors On Actors’ chat is basically press.

The question now how seriously should we take this ridiculous sounding chair-phobia anecdote about Christopher Nolan from Anne Hathaway. Everyone is fighting to work with him and those who have come out of the experience with nothing but glowing words. But then again, the same can be said of Quentin Tarantino and he’s definitely a bit of an arsehole, especially with what he did to Uma Thurman on the set of Kill Bill.

Either way, the internet had an absolute field day with Nolan’s apparent chair-hate as some made some fantastic jokes about it while others took things more seriously and criticised the director for being a bit of a knob.

I have to admit, the online discourse of Christopher Nolan and his supposed hate of chairs on his film sets is definitely not one I expected to see today. This is certainly going to change how we view his latest film, Tenet, since people are now going to keep an eye out for every scene that has a chair or an actor sitting rather than, you know, focusing on the film itself.

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Never Forget When 'Hey Hey It's Saturday' Did Blackface And Australia Cheered

Throw it on the "Australia is pretty racist isn't it?" pile.

These days we normally associate all things that are racist and offensive on Australian TV to whatever blackface-filled show Chris Lilley is doing at the moment. It’s unfair to heap it all on him though because we can’t forget arguably what was the lowest point in Australian TV history when Hey Hey It’s Saturday did blackface and it was cheered on by the audience rather than criticised.

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Hey Hey It’s Saturday had an reunion special in 2009 which was billed as a pretty big effing deal at the time. But things quickly went off the rails as the popular Red Faces talent segment saw five men come out wearing blackface and reenact their ‘Jackson Jive’ skit, which had actually appeared on Hey Hey It’s Saturday years prior.

While guest host, US singer Harry Connick Jr., was rightfully appalled, giving the performance a zero and letting his thoughts be known that it was offensive and he wouldn’t have participated in the Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion had he’d known about the blackface skit beforehand.

But while Harry was letting everyone know how offensive the ‘Jackson Jive’ skit was, the crowd was audibly cheering the entire time. It’s an incredibly uncomfortable watch but this blackface skit is an unfortunate part of Australian TV history we must not forget.

While Australia’s response to the Hey Hey It’s Saturday blackface thing was a depressing “meh”, the international response was far less forgiving and took our country to town for being ignorant and racist.

As much as we love to call out Chris Lilley for blackface and whatever offensive thing he’s done, he’s far from the only one. After all, it’s no secret that Australia has always been good at hiding how racist it actually is.

Rather than bury the Hey Hey It’s Saturday blackface debacle like what Australia has always done with its problematic past, let’s use the embarrassment as a way to learn and move forward. It’s long overdue anyway at this point.

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The Kids In 'The Magic School Bus' Have Darker Backstories Than You Remember

Took chances, made mistakes, got messy.

The Magic School Bus is one of those childhood staples where you tune in every week to go on some wacky adventure with a wacky cast of characters that include Miss Frizzle, Carlos, Keesha, Arnold, Phoebe, and Wanda, and you end up learning something educational in the process.

But underneath the cheery exteriors of many of The Magic School Bus kids lie some seriously dark backstories, some of which are more befitting of a HBO drama than a children’s show.

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Let’s start with Carlos, who is best known as the class joker in The Magic School Bus. We all remember him best for all those lame puns and jokes he likes to crack whenever he and his classmates are in a bit of a pickle. It’s all pretty harmless fun. It’s also something of a defence mechanism for the lack of attention he gets at home.

You see, Carlos’ brother, Mikey, is a paraplegic and therefore commands a bigger share of their parents’ attention at home, hence why he likes to crack jokes and lame puns all the time in class.

Keesha is one of the most mature characters in The Magic School Bus and we can chalk it down to her being forced to grow up due to her background. Knowing what we know about Keesha (she’s being raised by her grandmother and her parents are never seen) and the socio-economical disadvantages faced by the Black community in America, it’s implied that her parents are never home because they’re working long hours to put food on the table.

Phoebe and Wanda aren’t spared from some dark character backstories in The Magic School Bus either. Phoebe’s father is blind while her mother is never seen or mentioned, which is why she’s driven to be an activist and is always trying to help others.

As for Wanda, her Chinese mother is a science journalist and a bit of a badarse while her American father is never seen. Combine the lack of a father with an Asian mother (who can be overwhelmingly overbearing) and a baby brother to take care of, it’s no surprise why Wanda acts tough and aggressive most of the time.

So underneath all those educational lessons and goofy puns on The Magic School Bus are some surprisingly well developed children characters whose backstories aren’t that far removed from reality.

Perhaps the real lesson to take from The Magic School Bus isn’t how the human body works but to understand that people come from many different walks of life.

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