Christopher Nolan

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Director Christopher Nolan shares a clip from "Interstellar" and discusses his love for making thought-provoking films and occasionally blowing things up. (6:58)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Stephen: WELCOME BACKEVERYBODY

ANY GUEST TONIGHT IS DIRECTOROF "INTERSTELLAR" "INCEPTION"

AND "MEMENTO." I'LL ASK HIM TOEXPLAIN THIS INTERVIEW TO ME

PLEASE WELCOME CHRISTOPHERNOLAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Stephen: MR. NOLAN, THANK YOU

FOR COMING ON.

I'M GLAD TO HAVE YOU ON.

I'M A BIG FAN.

>> THANK YOU.

Stephen: BUT I DO HAVE A BEEFWITH YOU.

>> OH?

Stephen: UH-HUH

I CAN'T TELL WHETHER YOU'RESMART OR WHETHER YOU'RE JUST

ENGLISH.

[LAUGHING]>> Stephen: AMERICANS CAN'T HEAR

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWOOF THOSE.

ARE YOU A SMART GUY?

>> I'M A -- I'M CERTAINLYENGLISH.

I WOULDN'T CLAIM TO ANYMORESMARTS THAN ANYONE ELSE.

>> Stephen: WELL YOUR MOVIES ARESMART MOVIES.

OKAY.

I DON'T ALWAYS GET THEM.

I DON'T GET THEM, I LOVE THEM.

THAT'S ANOTHER PROBLEM I HAVEWITH YOU.

YOUR MOVIES ARE MASSIVELYENTERTAINING.

MOMENTO, INTERSTELLAR, ALL THEMBATMAN FILMS YOU DO.

OKAY. AND NOW INTERSTELLAR.

IT'S A SPACE EPIC YOUKNOW, BUT ALSO

WHEN THE MOVIE IS OVER I'M STILLTHINKING ABOUT THE MOVIE.

LIKE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYDIDN'T MAKE ME DO THAT.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO MAKE METHINK?

WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY CAN'T YOUJUST HAVE [BEEP] BLOW UP?

>> WELL, I THINK YOU CAN HAVEBOTH A FILM THAT MAKES PEOPLE

THINK AND BLOW [BEEP] UP.

>> Stephen: YOU BLOW UP [BEEP]REALLY GOOD, DON'T GET ME WRONG

>> DON'T DO ME DOWN ON BLOWINGUP THE [BEEP].

I HAVE BLOWN UP A LOT OF [BEEP]IN A LOT OF MOVIES.

I ENJOY IT VERY MUCH.

I LOVE MOVIES THAT ARE VERYENTERTAINING. HOPEFULLY THE

FIRST TIME YOU SEE IT, YOU'RE ONA REAL RIDE

"INTERSTELLAR" IS MEANT TO BE ANEXPERIENCE.

>> Stephen: BLEW MY MIND.>> IF THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN

THAT AND IT RATTLES AROUND INYOU AFTERWARDS, MAYBE YOU

WILL COME BACK AND SEE IT AGAINAND FIND MORE IN IT.

>> Stephen: THERE IS A GUY IN MYHEAD ON A BOOKSHELF

BANGING AWAY RIGHT NOW>> NO SPOILERS

>> Stephen: NO SPOILERS. FORINSTANCE I'M NOT GONNA SAY WHO

THE DOCTOR IS ON THE PLANET THEYGO TO.

IT'S MARTIN LAWRENCE.

[LAUGHING]>> Stephen: DRESSED AS BIG MAMA

FANTASTIC.

INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE.

OKAY.

SO, LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS"INTERSTELLAR THING"

THIS IS I BELIEVE A TROJAN HORSEFOR SCIENCE.

THE WHOLE POINT FOR THE PEOPLEWHO HAVEN'T SEEN IT TELL THEM

WHAT HAPPENS.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN IT ANDDON'T UNDERSTAND.

IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE TRAVELING OUTIN SPACE TO FIND A NEW HOME,

RIGHT?

>> IT IS. IT'S ABOUT

ABOUT A POTENTIAL MOMENT INHUMAN DEVELOPMENT.

MAYBE THE NEXT STEP IN HUMANEVOLUTION.

>> Stephen: EARTH IS IN BADSHAPE IN THE MOVIE.

>> YES THEY HAVE TO FIND ANOTHERPLANET TO SUSTAIN HUMAN LIFE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S MY FIRSTQUESTION HERE.

THE MOST HOPEFUL THING AT THEBEGINNING OF THE MOVIE IS THAT

WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO ABANDON OURPLANET.

[LAUGHING]>> Stephen: THAT'S THE GOOD

NEWS.

WE MAY SCRAPE THE DIRT OF THISTHING OFF OF OUR BOOTS AND GO

SOMEWHERE ELSE.

HAVE YOU GIVEN UP ON THE EARTH.

>> I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ON THEEARTH.

>> Stephen: YOUR HEROES DO.

>> MY HEROES DO?

IT'S NOT THE QUESTION OF GIVINGUP ON THE EARTH AS MUCH AS

HAVING FAITH IN HUMANITY. THEOPTIMISM IN

THE FILM IS PERHAPS HUMANITY MAYNEED YOU IN THE FUTURE OR

IS CAPABLE OF EXISTINGINDEPENDENTLY OF THE EARTH.

MAY HAVE A GREATER PLACE OUTTHERE IN THE UNIVERSE.

THE UNIVERSE IS AN INCREDIBLY VAST PLACE.

>> Stephen: IT'S BIG TOO.

REALLY BIG.

>> IT'S VERY BIG.

Stephen: YES.

>> MAYBE THERE ARE OTHER PLACESFOR US TO LIVE.

>> Stephen: IS IT GLOBAL WARMINGOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THE EARTHHERE?

>> WHAT'S HAPPENED ISAGRICULTURAL BLIGHT.

Stephen: AGRICULTURAL BLIGHT?

>> YES CROPS ARE DYING.

CORN IS ALL THAT'S LEFT.

>> Stephen: WHAT ELSE IS THERE?

I JUST NEED MY CORN CHIPS ANDHIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.

>> THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE LIVING ONAND MAKING A LIFE AND ADAPTING

AS HUMANS DO.

THAT'S COMING TO AN END.

YOU KNOW WE BASE THE END OF THEWORLD SCENARIO ON THINGS THAT

HAVE HAPPENED.

PEOPLE ARE GIVING TESTIMONIALSAT THE BEGINNING OF THE SHOW.

THERE ARE REAL PEOPLE.

WE DREW IT FROM KEN BURNSDOCUMENTARY ON THE DUST BOWL.

THAT'S A SCIENCE FICTION FILMBUT I WANTED THE FEELING OF

DREAD AND IMBALANCE TO THEPLANET TO BE REAL AND CREDIBLE.

>> Stephen: WHAT ELSE CAN WE SAYWITHOUT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY.

THERE ARE EXTRAORDINARY THINGSIN THE MOVIE. THE MOVIE, I

HAVEN'T SEEN A MOVIE LIKE THISBEFORE.

LET'S TAKE A LITTLE CLIP HERE.THIS'LL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF

THE PART THAT IS THE BLOW UPPART.

THE PART THAT IS THE BLOW UPPART.

>> COOPER THERE IS NO POINT INUSING OUR FUEL TO--

>> ANALYZE THE ENDURANCE.

>> COOPER WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

>> DOCKING.

Stephen: WOW.

HOW HARD WAS IT TO KEEP MATTHEWMCCONAUGHEY --

[ APPLAUSE ]>> Stephen: -- EXCITING MOMENT

WAS IT HARD TO GET HIM TO KEEPHIS SHIRT ON?

>> NOT IN SPACE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Stephen: I'M SORRY.

>> HAVING A GOOD TIME? GOODTIME? THAT'S GREAT.

Stephen: THANK YOU, AMY.

THANK YOU, VERY MUCH.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> LAST QUESTION.

I DON'T WANT TO GIVE ANYTHINGAWAY IN THE MOVIE.

ARE WE HAPPENING NOW OR IS THISWATCHING OURSELVES IN THE PAST?

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT.

DO YOU BELIEVE ALL TIME ISHAPPENING AT ONCE?

>> I BELIEVE IF YOU ARE CAPABLEOF LIVING IN A FIVE-DIMENSIONAL

WORLD AND YOU'RE A FIFTHDIMENSIONAL CREATURE VIEWING

TIME AS A DIMENSION IT WOULDHAVE TO BE REWRITTEN.

>> Stephen: YOU DID NOT ANSWERMY QUESTION.

TELL YOU WHAT, COME AGAIN INJANUARY AND WE WILL TALK ABOUT

IT.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, THANK YOU SOMUCH.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN "INTERSTELLAR"IN THEATERS NOW.

WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK.