• Christopher Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter that he writes his scripts on a computer without an internet connection.
  • The “Oppenheimer” director says his kids call him a “Luddite” because he doesn’t carry a smartphone.
  • Instead of an email, Nolan even flew to Ireland to hand-deliver his “Oppenheimer” screenplay to Cillian Murphy.

Christopher Nolan says he doesn’t have a smartphone, doesn’t use email, and writes all of his scripts on a computer with no internet connection.

Talk to The Hollywood Reporter Along with “Oppenheimer” stars Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon, the director revealed his preference for doing things the old-fashioned way.

“My kids would probably say I’m a complete Luddite,” Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Friday. “Actually, I would resist that description. I think technology and what it can bring is amazing. My personal choice is how much I get involved.”

The ‘Oppenheimer’ director says it’s not that he’s averse to technology, he just finds it distracting from his work.

“If I’m generating my material and writing my own scripts, being on a smartphone all day wouldn’t be very helpful to me,” Nolan said.

This strong preference for doing things analog is even evident in the methods Nolan uses to send his scripts to actors.

Instead of using email, the 52-year-old filmmaker prefers to deliver them personally; Nolan even flew to Ireland to see Murphy and waited for the actor to read the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“People will say, ‘Why are you working in secret?’ “, said Nolan. “Well, it’s no secret, it’s privacy. It’s being able to try things, make mistakes, be as adventurous as possible. And be able to sit with someone who just read what you wrote and got their input, see how they connect with it in a very human, face-to-face way.”

This isn’t the first time the British-American director has commented on his tech preferences.

Nolan said People magazine in December 2020 that he has “a little flip phone” that he brings with him “from time to time” because he doesn’t want easy access to the internet whenever he’s bored.

In October 2014, The New York Times also reported that Nolan doesn’t have an email address — his assistant handles his emails and prints the most important ones so the filmmaker can read them in physical form.