Thanks to his unique position in modern cinema, Christopher Nolan gets the opportunity to work with the world’s biggest stars whenever he embarks on a new project. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Robert Pattinson, Nolan has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry on blockbusters like Origin And Dogma. However, when it comes to creative partnerships, there is one particular icon that Nolan holds above all else.
In terms of star power, Nolan is currently working on the biggest project of his career – Oppenheimer. It stars renowned acting talents such as Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt and Matt Damon. Oppenheimer attracts a lot of attention and is definitely among the most anticipated films of the year. Despite this, Nolan still considers one particular professional experience to be the biggest milestone in his path as a director.
During the segment for BBC Radio 4 In the “Desert Island Discs” segment, Nolan stated that one of the “proudest moments” of his career was the opportunity to work with David Bowie. Of course, they worked together on Nolan’s 2006 thriller. Prestigewhere Bowie co-starred with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. Considered one of the best works in Nolan’s filmography, Bowie’s appearance in Prestige is still fondly remembered by fans.
Speaking about the experience of working with such a cultural icon as Bowie, Nolan admitted that it was all just incredible. The film director laughed: “I am very proud that I had the opportunity to work with David Bowie. If I could go back in time and tell my 16 year old self that I would someday meet him, let alone work with him, I think my head would explode.”
Bowie made a notable cameo as Nikola Tesla, a fictionalized version of the incredible inventor who works on the film’s transportation device. According to Nolan, Bowie’s charisma was simply unmatched, and he transformed the entire set when he arrived. Despite the fact that the musical legend has given many more brilliant performances during his career, his role in Prestige is also significant.
In an interview with electronic warfareNolan said: “He had the requisite cult status and was such an enigmatic figure that Tesla was meant to be. However, it took me a while to convince him – he turned down the role the first time. It was the only time I ever tried again with an actor who left me. I petitioned to let me explain why he was the right actor for the role. Frankly, I told him that if he did not accept this role, I have no idea where I should go next. I would say that I begged him.
The director added, “I walked away from that experience, I can say that I was still his biggest fan, and a fan who had the wonderful opportunity to work with him for a moment. I loved the fact that after working with him I was just as enamored with his talent and his charisma. I thought it was pretty magical.”