Bradley Cooper’s One On Set Rule Can be a Nightmare For Actors Yet Even Christopher Nolan Follows This

Bradley Cooper's nightmarish on-set rule of no chairs has disappointed several fans.

Bradley Cooper's One On Set Rule Can be a Nightmare For Actors Yet Even Christopher Nolan Follows This


  • Bradley Cooper has raised a controversy for banning chairs on set.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy actor believes that chairs cause a dip in energy.
  • Christopher Nolan has also been accused of this intense filming regime.
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As Bradley Cooper has successfully gifted his directorial skills to another movie, the actor has sparked a controversy surrounding a specific rule followed on his set. It turned out that the director of the upcoming Maestro doesn’t allow chairs in his workplace He believes sitting on chairs amidst work causes a dip in energy and has garnered an intense backlash for banning chairs on the set.

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro (2023)
Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro 

It is not the first time we are in the middle of a no-chair-on-set controversy. Earlier, Christopher Nolan was also accused of following the same rule by several actors. Despite the immensely positive reception to his upcoming directorial, Bradley Cooper has attracted a lot of intense reactions from fans who have deemed it inhumane to let the actors work under such conditions.

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Bradley Cooper’s on-set rule attracts backlash

Bradley Cooper in Maestro
Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein

Following A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper has contributed his skills to another movie, Maestro. It is based on the life of composer Leonard Bernstein and his relationship with his wife, Felicia Montealegre. While the movie has garnered positive responses from its limited theatrical release, Cooper’s large prosthetic nose and weird on-set rule have raised some controversies.

Speaking to director Lee Spike for a Variety interview, the Silver Linings Playbook actor unveiled his weird, on-set rule of banning chairs. He elaborated that he hates chairs and video village on his set as sitting causes a dip in energy, which can be detrimental for work.

“But when I direct, I don’t watch playback. There’s no chairs. I’ve always hated chairs on sets; your energy dips the minute you sit down in a chair. There’s no video village.”

This has been deemed inhumane by many viewers as very unfair, given that many shootings go on for prolonged hours. Though many fans acknowledged that the actor spoke about sitting on apple boxes in a specific part of the interview, not everyone is satisfied with that. Earlier this year, Robert Downey Jr. also spoke about the absence of chairs from Oppenheimer‘s set.


Also Read: Bradley Cooper Has Already Won His First Award after Leaving Marvel

Does Christopher Nolan follow the same rule as well?

Christopher Nolan (via Variety)
Christopher Nolan (via Variety)

Even before Bradley Cooper, the critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan was involved in this same controversy as well. It was Anne Hathaway who accused the director of this nightmarish practice earlier in 2020 during a Variety segment with Hugh Jackman. While speaking about the Inception director’s rule of no cellphones, the actress also raised the topic of the ban on chairs.

“Chris also doesn’t allow chairs. I worked with him twice. He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working.”

Later, Nolan’s team clarified to IndieWire that the chairs spoken about Hathaway were the director’s chair clustered around the video monitor. He doesn’t use his chair, but reportedly, the other actors are allowed to have their seats.


However, the story got another angle when Robert Downey Jr. spoke about the “spartan” rule of having no chairs on the set of Oppenheimer during Variety’s Actors on Actor segment. Speaking to Mark Ruffalo, the actor fueled Hathaway’s statement and raised the debate of no-chair once again after Nolan’s representative tried to prove it false.

Those who want to spot Bradley Cooper on Maestro can stream the movie on Netflix from December 20, 2023.

Also Read: Bradley Cooper Gets Cornered on Social Media For Seemingly Shading Cillian Murphy For Oppenheimer Casting

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