Christopher Nolan's ban on chairs prompts hilarious Twitter responses after Anne Hathaway reveals all

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Anne Hathaway kickstarted a Twitter movement when she casually dropped into a recent interview that The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on his sets.

Speaking with Hugh Jackman, she explained to the stunned actor that Nolan’s reasoning had to do with people “not working” if there was a chair around for them to sit in.

Naturally, the offhand comment caused a string of memes, pictures of chairs and claims that Nolan was a “grocery store manager” to circulate on Twitter.

Hathaway spoke with her former Les Miserables co-star as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors at Home, where the pair interviewed one another about their careers.

She revealed Nolan doesn’t allow phones on set and added, “Chris [Nolan] doesn’t allow chairs. I worked with him twice, doesn’t allow chairs.”

“His reasoning is if you have chairs, people will sit in it and if they’re sitting, they’re not working,” she said.

Shortly after, the detail went viral and Twitter users did their thing. One user called for people to retweet a picture of rainbow chairs to “scare christopher Nolan”, and currently nearly 3000 people have retweeted it.

Others joked about pranking Nolan on set, with screenwriter Bill Corbett sharing his own:

There were also recurring jokes about what Nolan would do if he caught a chair, or a person sitting in a chair, on set.

Another also speculated what would happen if Nolan was made to play a dreaded game of musical chairs.

Given Nolan's skill with a superhero origin story, screenwriter Brian Lynch came up with one for him.

Others joked that chairs (or the lack of them) played a big role in some of Nolan’s biggest films including The Prestige and Inception.

One user went as far as to Photoshop all the chairs out of iconic Nolan film scenes:

At the very least, Hathaway’s comments seemed to be a warning for future actors working with Nolan - as one person tweeted how they might prepare.

On a more serious note, other Twitter users also accused the chair ban policy of being ableist.

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Tenet has been hit with delays. Originally slated for release on July 17, the date was pushed back to July 31 before a new announcement last week that it would open on August 12.