Out doing the rounds for Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan appeared on the Rich Eisen Show. A clip from the show that is several weeks old, based on a surprising reveal from Nolan, has now gone viral. It has started a discussion.

Nolan was asked what his “remote drop movies” are. That is movies that you stumble across when channel surfing and they simply make you drop the remote and watch until the end. Like Jaws. Come on, everyone remote drops for Jaws, right?

Nolan revealed himself as a big fan of Will Ferrell’s 2006 sports comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Often overlooked in favor of more famous Ferrell outings such as Anchorman and Elf, the NASCAR-based comedy has a cult following. It seems the high-brow director is among them.


Nolan said:

“If there’s an old movie playing, I mean, anything by Kubrick, it’s a remote drop. And one of the great comedies too, I mean Talladega Nights, I’m never gonna be able to switch that up.”

At first thinking he was joking, Eisen challenges Nolan, who replied:

“If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

The director had previously talked about his love of James Bond movies, and is quoted as saying he has a “very soft spot” for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. So what are your surprising “remote drop” movies?

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