Oppenheimer star Florence Pugh comments on what it’s like to work with director Christopher Nolan, and the actor has nothing but wonderful things to say. Coming off of movies like Dunkirk and Tenet, Nolan’s next film chronicles the life and career of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the key figures in the creation of the first atomic bomb. Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy in the title role with Pugh starring as his mistress, Jean Tatlock.
Ahead of the Oppenheimer release date this summer, Pugh gushes about what it was like to work with Nolan on the film in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1. The star has nothing but nice things to say about the Dark Knight director, highlighting how everyone on set brought their A-game every day to a degree that she had never seen before. Check out Pugh’s full comment or watch the interview below:
“Working with Christopher Nolan was quite possibly one of the most thrilling experiences in a different way. Partly because he works with professionals. He is a professional. But his dedication to the craft of filmmaking and old filmmaking is just magical to watch. To just watch every single crew member on that set work so hard for him, to get his approval. And not like in a weird way, but like everybody knows who they’re working for and everybody’s proud of being there.
“Everybody has so much pride in their own work and so what that does is it means that everybody is constantly trying to be better the next day. And I’ve never seen that feeling on set before. Just a master. And everybody wanting to be like, ‘I’m good, let me show you how good I am.’ Even us, you know, we were all there every day, we don’t sit down. That’s another thing, you don’t really sit down, you’re just waiting seeing what you can be told do. It’s very exciting.”
Everyone Wants To Work With Christopher Nolan
Nolan announced himself as a major force in Hollywood with movies like The Prestige, the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar, quickly making him a filmmaker that actors and crewmembers wanted to work with. The director is renowned for his dedication to more traditional filmmaking methods, including practical effects and stunts, instead of relying too heavily on CGI. The cast and creative team behind Oppenheimer is already the director’s impressive assemblage of talent yet, speaking to his commanding presence in Hollywood.
Oppenheimer’s large cast might just be the most impressive for any movie ever, featuring the likes of Murphy, Pugh, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Rami Malek, Gary Oldman, Kenneth Branagh, Josh Hartnett, Alden Ehrenreich, David Dastmalchian, Casey Affleck, and Jack Quaid, among others. While traditionally assembling such a cast would balloon a film’s budget to an unrealistic level, many stars were willing to take smaller supporting roles and pay cuts to work with Nolan. Actors like Damon and Downey Jr., for example, took home $4 million each for their roles, a fraction of their normal salary.
It’s not just the talent in front of the camera that’s impressive, with Nolan also bringing on frequent collaborator Hoyte van Hoytema (Nope, Interstellar, Dunkirk) to serve as cinematographer. Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, The Mandalorian) returns to compose the score after previously working with the director on Tenet. It remains to be seen how the movie will fare with audiences, but early Oppenheimer footage suggests the movie is already shaping up to be one of the most impressive works of Nolan’s career.
Source: BBC Radio 1