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Marc Maron Didn't Know He Met Christopher Nolan Until Cillian Murphy Told Him

By Andrew Sanford | Film | July 20, 2023 |

By Andrew Sanford | Film | July 20, 2023 |


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I have bartended at Broadway shows, off and on, for the better part of 14 years. That job has allowed me to meet a bevy of celebrities. Most of the time, my interactions with them last the length of a quick transaction. There are other times when I’ll find myself as the personal bartender to Ariana Grande or Bette Midler (they were both very nice). Because my job while bartending is customer service, I want to seem aware yet unshaken. I would wager that most famous folks don’t like to be recognized when they’re just trying to live their lives. So, I take it upon myself to be able to identify but not bother.

One person known for keeping things close to the vest is Christopher Nolan. The director doesn’t give many interviews about himself to ensure his films are viewed as their own thing and not an extension of the director. Based on Nolan’s penchant for privacy, he likely didn’t get annoyed that Marc Maron met Nolan, received a compliment from him, and did not realize who he was until months later.

On a new episode of WTF with Marc Maron, the titular host sat down with Cillian Murphy to talk about Nolan’s latest film Oppenheimer. At one point early on, it is revealed that Maron met Murphy at an airport sometime before the sitdown. Murphy was traveling with Nolan, whom Maron also met. Maron had no idea. The reveal hits him like a bucket of water, and Cillian assures him it is OK. “You were unbelievably cool, yeah,” the Peaky Blinders actor assured him.

It’s even funnier because Nolan went out of his way to compliment Maron. He said that he was a fan of Maron’s boots and his bag. Marc is embarrassed, but it’s a fair mistake to make. I can only imagine how much must be going through Maron’s head. Also, the more you see celebrities, the less unique the experience becomes. Since Nolan already keeps a low profile, it’s understandable that Maron wouldn’t know who he is.

Still, when your job is to interview celebrities, and you don’t recognize one of the greatest living directors, it’s going to be hard to live that down.

You can listen to the episode at WTFPod.com.