Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, starring Jessica Chastain, comes out tomorrow, and if Christopher Nolan has his way, the only winter movie starring Jessica Chastain that you will know about is his.
Yesterday, the New York Times published an article detailing a behind-the-scenes struggle between Nolan and the creators of an upcoming Chastain-led indie called A Most Violent Year. Per the Times, the terms of Chastain's Interstellar contract bar her from promoting any other film between the period of "early October through early December," which has apparently completely gummed up the rollout for A Most Violent Year.
It is not unusual, of course, for star actors to be juggling promotion for overlapping films, but the Times article hints at Nolan unexpectedly strong-arming the smaller film:
For stars, hitting the publicity trail is a decades-old practice, and for studios it is a standard, and essential, piece of marketing strategy. Initially, Mr. Chandor and his backers — Participant Media and the independent distributor A24 — believed that Ms. Chastain, while blocked from media appearances, would be allowed to attend the screenings and get-togethers that are de rigueur for those seeking Golden Globes and other prizes that pave the way to the Oscars.
On that assumption, they arranged to release "A Most Violent Year" in a small number of theaters on Dec. 31, to qualify it for awards in 2015, with a wider opening to follow.
But Mr. Nolan and his backers have insisted that Ms. Chastain's contract forbids even those semiprivate encounters and have not given in to pleas from Mr. Chandor, A24 and others for a waiver. Next week, however, she will be permitted to attend a private tastemakers' screening at the Creative Artists Agency here.
The notion that Nolan is being an asshole over something he shouldn't be was also floated by Vulture's Kyle Buchanan, who tweeted a link to the Times article while saying that he's heard even more about Nolan's "unusual" contract demands than what is laid out by the Times.
Been hearing about all sorts of unusual contract demands from Christopher Nolan for months. Here's one: http://t.co/cGbQdhmhXu
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) November 6, 2014
Which is where we come in: if you are privy to any knowledge about what Christopher Nolan is demanding of the stars of his films—be it Interstellar or others—leave a comment below or email me at email@example.com, anonymity guaranteed.
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