The passing of David Bowie has inspired several of his collaborators, friends and peers to speak out about working with the multi-talented legend. Now, director and screenwriter Christopher Nolan has also reflected on his time working with the Starman whilst filming 2006’s The Prestige; where Bowie starred as eccentric inventor Nikola Telsa.
Writing via Entertainment Weekly, Nolan explained that every crew member, including himself have very fond and treasured memories of getting to work with Bowie: “Everyone has fond memories of getting to spend time with him or speak to him for a little bit. I only worked with him briefly—four or five days—but I did manage to sneak a couple moments to chat with him, which are very treasured memories of mine“.
He continued, adding the idea of never meeting your heroes didn’t apply to Bowie, for his charisma stayed the same; enabling Nolan to come away from the experience as a remaining life long fan: “Normally when you meet stars, no matter how starry they are, when you see them as people, some of that mystique goes away. But not with David Bowie. I came away from the experience being able to say I was still his biggest fan, and a fan who had the very miraculous opportunity to work with him for a moment“.
Nolan summed up his reflection by reminiscing on what we all loved about Bowie – his charm and fascinating talent: “I loved the fact that after having worked with him, I had just the same fascination with his talent and his charisma. I thought that was quite magical“. Watch a clip of Bowie in The Prestige below: