Christopher Nolan is considered one of the most innovative and visionary directors to ever exist. The fact that is even more surprising, is that he has directed only 10 feature-length movies to date and managed to reach the top.
There are a lot of things that you do not know about your favorite director. Here are 10 amazing facts about Christopher Nolan
#1: He Directed Batman to get the funding for Inception
Christopher Nolan’s Batman is possibly the best portrayal of the Dark Knight on the big screen. But Nolan had different motives while directing the movie Batman Begins initially. Christopher Nolan wanted to get substantial funding and support for his bigger films. The one he had planned for years was Inception (2010).
#2: Martin Scorsese indirectly pushed him to Direct Batman
After Insomnia (2002), his next big project was going to be a Howard Hughes biopic starring Jim Carrey. Nolan called the screenplay “one of the best things I’ve ever written”, but once it became apparent that Martin Scorsese was making his own Hughes biopic, The Aviator (2004), Nolan reluctantly tabled his script and took up directing Batman Begins (2005).
#3: Nolan is Colour Blind
It may be very surprising to know that Christopher Nolan is red and green colour blind. His colour blindness is the most common type as he struggles to distinguish between red and green. Is this why he chose to direct Batman and not Superman?
#4: He has never won an Oscar
It is unbelievable that a director of such High-calibre has never won an Oscar, even after directing movies like Inception, Memento, The Prestige, Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar. He has been nominated 5 times, and he has been nominated for Best Director only once and that too for Dunkirk, but he has never won which is mind-boggling.
#5: He spent only 6000 pounds on his first movie
It is very difficult to get adequate funding for a budding director in the United Kingdom. Christopher Nolan made his first feature Following (1998) for only 6000 pounds and was shot mostly on weekends for about a year because the cast and crew all had full-time jobs and on top of that he completely financed it himself and produced it without additional funding.
#6: Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy shaped the Business side of Hollywood
Christopher Nolan’s Batman films were highly influential in shaping the business side of Hollywood from the mid-2000s onward. The success of Batman Begins popularized the notion of rebooting Franchises. The Dark Knight was the first Hollywood feature film to have scenes shot in IMAX and the critical outcry regarding The Dark Knight being snubbed at the Oscars motivated the Academy of Arts and sciences to expand their Best Picture Nomination field.
#7: Nolan was offered to direct Troy
After the success of Memento, Christopher Nolan became one of the most sought-after directors in the industry. He was offered to direct the Brad Pitt movie Troy (2004). But he decided to direct Batman Begins instead which worked out well for all of us.
#8: He dislikes Netflix’s model
Nolan has stated on several occasions that he is only interested in making features that will be shown in theatres. He has no plans to ever work for Netflix. He criticized Netflix’s distribution model as Mindless because it would skip the traditional 3-month theatrical window, which he called a “terrific” model which should not be changed.
#9: He casts Highly acclaimed actors
Nolan likes to work with actors who know what they are doing. He has worked with 16 Oscar winners, like Casey Affleck, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino, etc. and 12 Oscar nominees like Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, Ellen Page, etc.
#10: First British Director to have a film gross more than a billion dollars
Christopher Nolan became the first British director in History to have a film make one Billion dollars at the Box Office. His movie The Dark Knight earned more than a billion dollars at the box office, thanks to the performances of Heath Ledger as Joker and Christian Bale as Batman.