It's good to have friends in this town that celebrate your work.
Hollywood is a hard place. Everyone wants to tell you what's wrong with what you're doing. It can make you want to curl up in a ball and hide. That's why it is so important to have friends who have your back. Friends who share in the joy when you make something.
That's not just friends at our lower level, but friends you keep when you're at the top.
Friends like Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder.
On a recent episode of the “Straight Up” podcast, Snyder talked about what it's like sharing this joyous friendship with Nolan. They screen movies for each other not to provide notes or edits, but just to appreciate each other.
Snyder said, “Chris Nolan and I went down to Universal City Walk and I projected the IMAX version of Justice League for him to watch there. We don’t share notes. When I show him the movie, I’m like, ‘Okay, the movie’s done, so just enjoy it.’ He always says it to me, too, like when I saw Tenet. The last thing I want to do with Chris, and Chris is a genius, of course, is have my two cents, so it actually is really liberating to be able to just go like, ‘Okay, just show me your movie because I want to get my mind blown.’”
That kind of support system is precious, especially in a town where it seems like everyone will have an opinion about what you do and how you do it.
When it comes to reviews, Snyder generally avoids them, saying, “I read a lot of the good [reviews]. I try not to read as many reviews. I didn’t read that many on Justice League. I’ve finally got to the point where I don’t take it personally. But it’s hard. You pour so much of yourself into it it’s hard to not take it personally.”
I think it's really kind and interesting that these two guys have found joy in showing each other movies and applauding one another. We should all be so lucky.
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July 13, 2021 at 1:50AM
Chris Nolan has created some of the best movies in the last 5 years or so.
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