“It’s very important that everyone understands that this is a key moment in the relationship between workers and Hollywood,” explained the director.
Christopher Nolan knows how to manage his timing well. While the actors joined the screenwriters in a historic strike movement in Hollywood, the director ofInception is about to unveil his next film, Oppenheimer, on July 19. A stroke of luck, therefore, since it will not be impacted by the desertion of the actors on the film sets.
Only the London premiere of his film was disrupted last Thursday. The cast barely had time to hit the red carpet before the strike was officially called. “We know the second the call goes out, we’ll be coming home”warned Matt Damon at the microphone of variety the same day. And that’s exactly what happened.
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Nevertheless, even if it narrowly escaped a production delay, that did not prevent Christopher Nolan from showing his support for the movement. The director insists: he will not write “absolutely not” new film during the strike: “It’s very important for everyone to understand, this is a key moment in the relationship between workers and Hollywood”.
“It’s not about me or the cast of my film. We are talking here about the work of actors, and authors who work on TV productions, who try to raise a family and fill the fridge”he explained to the BBC. “I don’t think anyone wants a strike, but there are times when it’s necessary. And this is the case today”he concluded.
Hollywood had not experienced a double social movement since 1960. The actors are demanding an increase in their remuneration, are worried about advances in artificial intelligence in the sector, and are also protesting against the system of “self-tape”, auditions distance often imposed since the pandemic.