A couple of years previously, Christopher Nolan surprised moviegoers by admitting that he is an avid fan of the “Fast & Furious” series. At the time, the filmmaker acknowledged having a “very soft spot” for “Tokyo Drift” on the podcast “Happy Sad Confused,” and he applauded Justin Lin’s entry in the series “as they got crazier and bigger and crazier and bigger and became something else, but something else kinda fun.” This week, when Nolan was a guest on “The Late Show,” presenter Stephen Colbert inquired about his unwavering passion for “Fast & Furious.” To Nolan’s surprise, Colbert revealed that he hadn’t previously seen any of the films in the renowned saga.
“I have no guilt about being a fan of the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise,” Nolan remarked. “A tremendous action franchise … You’ve never seen any of them? 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.”
Colbert also quizzed Nolan on “Tenet,” the thrilling espionage extravaganza he directed in 2020 and which will have a one-week cinematic rerelease shortly thereafter. With a distorted plot that many audiences and critics found tough to follow, the movie, which featured Robert Pattinson and John David Washington, turned out to be one of Nolan’s most contentious efforts ever.
In response to a question concerning his films’ lack of comprehension, Nolan stated, “If you are experiencing my film, then you are getting it. 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 theatre but also at home.”
Given that the first “Tenet” cinematic premiere occurred during the outbreak of COVID, many audiences will probably be discovering the Nolan film for the first time when it reopens in cinemas on February 23 for a one-week rerelease.