Christopher Nolan was inspired by Star Wars

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 January 2015
Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan

'Interstellar' director Christopher Nolan has revealed he was inspired by the first 'Star Wars' film

Christopher Nolan's career was inspired by 'Star Wars'.

The 44-year-old film-maker is responsible for some of the most eye-catching movies in recent years, including 'Inception' and 'Interstellar', and he's revealed the influence 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas had on his chosen path in life.

He explained: "I went to the movies a lot as a kid. That first Star Wars, that George Lucas directed, came out in 1977 when I was seven years old. It made a huge impression on me, in terms of the scope of it and the idea that you could create an entirely different experience for the audience, literally any world, more than one world, a whole different galaxy.

"They also re-released [Stanley] Kubrick's 2001 when I was seven, so I got to see that on a huge screen, and it was really a thrilling experience. I don't remember being remotely concerned about what it meant or whether it was elusive or confusing; I just remember the visceral nature of seeing spaceships, seeing other worlds and being taken to other dimensions. That experience was huge for me."

Nolan knew what he wanted to do for a living very early in his life.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: "I'd already started playing around with my dad's Super 8 camera, making little war films and stuff. And then, after Star Wars, my films all became space films.

"I think when I was about 12 or 13, I want to say, I started to begin to identify with the idea of the director as the sort of controlling force, or the closest analogy to what I was doing on my Super 8 camera, you know, just making images and putting them together."

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