It’s always interesting to know what are the favorite films of some directors we admire; sometimes it’s exactly what we expect, sometimes… not exactly. During a conversation on The Rich Eisen Show, Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan was asked to name some of his favorite “deletes,” movies that you can’t help but watch when you see them on TV. And his answer surprised many: Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby.
Christopher Nolan surprises with an unusual choice: his favorite film is “Ricky Bobby – the story of a man who could count to one”
“I mean, god, something from (Stanley) Kubrick, you know? It’s a “remote drop,” Christopher Nolan said. “And even some big comedies like Talladega Nights, I can never change the channel when they’re on.” And when asked to confirm that Talladega Nights was indeed one of his favorite films that he happened to watch on TV, Nolan simply replied with a quote from the film: “If you’re not the first, you’re the last.”
In Talladega Night, Will Ferrell plays Ricky Bobby, a NASCAR driver who maintains his number one position thanks to a deal with his best friend and teammate Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly). But as a French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen) rises through the ranks, Ricky Bobby’s talent and dedication are put to the test.
Nolan’s surprise in gratitude for “Talladega Nights – Ricky Bobby – The Story of the Man Who Could Count to One”
Christopher Nolan’s love for Stanley Kubrick is well known, and a few years ago he even helped restore a 70mm copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s hard to say we expected Christopher Nolan to be a Talladega Nights fan, but hey, we all need a laugh.
Christopher Nolan’s new film “Oppenheimer” is already in theaters and is a box office success along with “Barbie”. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the film stars Cillian Murphy as J. .Robert Oppenheimer, a mysterious man he must risk destroying the world in order to save it. You can read Eric Walkuska’s review of Oppenheimer here and feel free to let us know what you think of the film.