What does Zack Snyder have against chairs?
We reported a similar story almost a year ago, so this might feel like Deja Vu. It turns out that Zack Snyder took a page from the Chris Nolan manual and banned chairs from his set.
Snyder appeared on The playlist Fourth wall podcast and said, “There’s no sitting, I’ve banned chairs from the set. But the nice thing is, it’s really intimate. I can just talk to the actors there, I’m not on a monitor across the room again. It was definitely the purest thing I’ve ever done. “
I like that this is a strategy that makes sense to him as a director, and while no one was pushing him to see who was allowed to sit, this seemed more self-imposed than anything.
So it looks like Snyder is keeping the chairs off. He wants to maintain his energy and walk and talk to the performers and not be too far away either. In theory, that makes sense. As long as workers and people get to rest during break and the actors have to go somewhere between setups, I doubt it’s a big deal.
We heard similar stories from the Nolan camp. In an interview with diversityAnne Hathaway said of Nolan, “His reasoning is that if you have chairs people will sit and if they sit they won’t work. I mean, he has these incredible films in terms of scope, ambition and technical skill and emotion. It always comes down to schedule and budget in the end. I think it has something to do with the chair. ”
For what it’s worth, Nolan’s PR person made a statement making it clear that the only prohibited chairs were the ones around the video monitors because he didn’t like it when people crowded around them. I would assume Snyder’s PR person could do the same. His tone on this podcast was cheerful, so I think the ban on chairs might be a bit of an exaggeration.
If you’ve been on the set of a Nolan or Snyder movie and have any information, please let us know!
And listen to the chairs in the comments.