'I Watch Those Movies All the Time': Christopher Nolan Has 'No Guilt' About Loving Fast & Furious

The 'Oppenheimer' director referred to the films as “a tremendous action franchise” Christopher Nolan is a Fast & Furious fan! During a Wednesday visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Oppenheimer filmmaker, 53, was surprised to learn that Colbert, 59, didn’t share the same level of enthusiasm as he did for the franchise

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The 'Oppenheimer' director referred to the films as “a tremendous action franchise”

Christopher Nolan is a Fast & Furious fan!

During a Wednesday visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Oppenheimer filmmaker, 53, was surprised to learn that Colbert, 59, didn’t share the same level of enthusiasm as he did for the franchise.

“I have no guilt about being a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise,” Nolan said in response to Colbert confessing that he never saw any entry of the series, which started in 2001.

Since then, nine more have been released with storylines following street racing, heists, spies, and family. Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Ludacris, John Cena and Cardi B are just some of the stars who have appeared in the films throughout its long-running history.

Nolan referred to the films as “a tremendous action franchise.” 

“You’ve never seen any of them?” he asked Colbert. “I watch those movies all the time. I love them. I’m amazed you’ve never seen one of them. It’s only the last few where a specific arc and mythology develop. I would start with Tokyo Drift and watch it as its own thing.”

This wasn’t the first time Nolan has praised the Fast & Furious films.

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In an episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, The Dark Knight director said he has “a very soft spot” for the 2006 entry, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He also spoke highly of director Justin Lin’s involvement in the franchise, noting, “As they got crazier and bigger and crazier and bigger and became something else, but something else kinda fun.”

While on The Late Show, Nolan also discussed the upcoming theatrical re-release of Tenet, his 2020 action-packed spy film.

In Tenet, John David Washington and Robert Pattinson's characters time travel from the present day to World War III, although Colbert wondered if it may have been hard for some viewers to follow the plot.

“If you are experiencing my film, then you are getting it,” Nolan said. “I feel very strongly about that. I feel like where people have experienced frustrations with my narratives in the past is sometimes I think they are slightly missing the point. It’s not a puzzle to be unpacked but an experience to be had, preferably in a movie theater but also at home.”

“You’re not meant to understand everything in Tenet,” he added. “It’s not all comprehensible.”

Tenet will have a limited re-release beginning on Feb. 23 in IMAX and 70mm format screens for one week only. 

The special event comes after the initial release was interrupted by COVID shutdowns.

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