Bradley Cooper Shares a Directing Principle Aligned with Christopher Nolan


Bradley Cooper, known for his earlier roles in comedic films, has undergone a significant transformation over the past decade, transitioning into a respected and sought-after movie director. His recent project, “Maestro,” a biopic centered around Leonard Bernstein, aims for Oscar recognition and has brought attention to a particular practice adopted from Christopher Nolan on set.

In an interview with Spike Lee for Variety’s ‘Directors on Directors’ series, Cooper discussed implementing a no-chairs policy on the set of his latest film. He expressed his aversion to chairs, believing that sitting down affects energy levels negatively. Instead, he prefers using apple boxes, fostering a more engaged and collective atmosphere among the crew, eliminating the concept of a video village that he dislikes.

Cooper’s approach has drawn parallels to Christopher Nolan, known for a rumored dislike of chairs on his film sets. This perception stemmed from Anne Hathaway’s comment in 2020, implying Nolan’s preference for actors not sitting down, although Nolan’s spokesperson clarified that chairs are not banned from his movies.


Despite the controversy surrounding Cooper’s prosthetic nose for his role as Bernstein, his directorial skills, especially demonstrated in “A Star is Born,” have positioned “Maestro” as another promising and music-infused drama. Additionally, Cooper’s portrayal of Bernstein is anticipated to earn him recognition among the top actors at the upcoming Oscars, despite any potential discussions about chairs on set.

“Maestro,” slated for release on Netflix in December, has received early positive reviews, indicating its potential to be among the streaming platform’s standout films of the year.