After Variety published an “Actors on Actors” video interview between Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, all everyone on social media has been able to talk about is Christopher Nolan and chairs. The reason being that Hathaway had complimented the Interstellar director’s decision to ban chairs from the sets.

However, now, a spokesperson for the director has clarified that this is not the case.

“For the record, the only things banned from [Christopher Nolan’s] sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully),” Nolan’s spokesperson Kelly Bush Novak of ID said in a statement, according to Indiewire. “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.”


In the Variety interview, Hathaway had said that Nolan “doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working.”

The comment by the actress had prompted a backlash on social media with many alleging that the alleged “no chairs” rule was Nolan’s way of discriminating in favour of able-bodied people.