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Christopher Nolan Gives His Fans a Peek Behind the Curtain As Oppenheimer Aims To Finish With a Billion Dollar Box Office Bang

Christopher Nolan explained no-CGI explosion scene in 'Oppenheimer.'

Christopher Nolan Gives His Fans a Peek Behind the Curtain As Oppenheimer Aims To Finish With a Billion Dollar Box Office Bang


  • Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer' is very close to hit magical $1 billion mark.
  • The director shared a behind-the-scene video with fans.
  • The director with his cast and crew explained how they filmed the complex scenes in the movie.

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is on the verge of reaching the one billion dollar milestone. Nolan, in most of his movies, cracked the code for box-office success, and Oppenheimer currently ranked third in highest-grossing Nolan movies.

Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan. Credit: Oppenheimer BTS video, via X.

However, the movie has still room for more cash flow as the movie has yet to make Blu-ray and DVD sales. Business aside, Nolan provides a peek behind the curtain for fans to have an immersive experience behind the scenes of the epic biographical thriller.

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Cillian Murphy Reveals Christopher Nolan Filmed Almost Impossible Scenes In Real-Time

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy. Credit: Oppenheimer BTS video, via X.

A video footage containing behind-the-scenes moments revealed many details of how the movie was shaped into perfection. The video exclusively revealed how Christopher Nolan filmed the extreme and complex details of particles and energy in real-time. “Chris is almost in the bed with me with some f*cking thing that’s going (makes whirl sound) and around in front of the camera for real,” Oppenheimer lead Cillian Murphy said in the video (via Variety).

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“And people will look at that thing and they think ‘Oh that’s done in post’ but it’s not. It’s Chris like spinning this thing that you see all for real. You know Oppenheimer sees things in different dimensions so, sometimes when his brain is going and the background is vibrating, that’s all in camera,” he added.

Certainly, Nolan has a reputation for being a sculptor of movie scenes with precise calculations to meet his vision to the tiniest detail. The peek at the behind-the-scenes was just an extension of that fact.

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Christopher Nolan Explained Filming The Explosion in Real Time

Christopher Nolan on the set of Oppenheimer filming The Trinity test
Christopher Nolan on the set of Oppenheimer filming The Trinity test. Credit: Oppenheimer BTS video, via X.

Computer Generated Graphics? No, not this time. Nolan went full explosion mode filming the nuclear blast in the movie. Speaking of The Trinity test, the first detonation of an atomic weapon in the New Mexico desert on 16 July 1945, the director revealed why he rejected the idea of CGI. 


“With The Trinity test, what I knew from experience having done, you know nuclear explosion via computer graphics in The Dark Knight Rises, which worked very well for the film. It shows me that a real-life event like The Trinity test as well documented, the footage is very accessible. The computer graphics would never give you such a threat that you see in a real-life footage,” Nolan said (via Variety).

Nolan and his team deployed acute calculated moves to film not just The Trinity test but the entire movie and it worked. The movie is a global hit despite its collision with another big release Barbie.

Also read: “I’ve been plundering ruthlessly”: Christopher Nolan Was Puzzled After Accused of Copying James Bond for His One Movie Despite Claiming He’s Done It Before

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