Only seven years old Christopher Nolan took in a screening of Star Wars. This completely changes his life and nothing was ever the same. Nolan often states that his whole career in making films, is trying to make a film, that gives the audience the experience he had while watching Star Wars. Now in a new interview the Interstellar director praises J.J. Abrams’ “colossal balls” for directing The Force Awakens and why he is afraid of Star Wars…
Q: You mentioned Star Wars, and J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming out. Were you interested in directing that film? And were you approached?
A: I’m pretty excited to see what J.J. is going to do with that. I’m excited to see that he’s shooting on film and actually built the Millennium Falcon. As far as whether or not I would have ever done it, the truth is I think I’d be afraid to touch it! He’s boldly going where he went before in Star Trek, and it takes colossal balls.
I’m a lot more comfortable trying to do my own thing than carrying the weight and expectation of the entire world—particularly 40-somethings like me who live and die with each new bit of information about Star Wars. But I’m very excited to see what he does.