Christopher Nolan says Talladega Nights is one of the best comedies ever
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During an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, the host asked The Dark Knight director what his 'remote drop movie' was.
The host explained that a 'remote drop movie' is any movie that makes you drop the remote and keep watching when you're flicking through channels.
"If there's an old movie playing, I mean, anything by Kubrick, it's a remote drop," Nolan replied.
"And some of the great comedies too, I mean Talladega Nights, I'm never gonna be able to switch that up.
Eisen paused Nolan's train of thought, clearly surprised by the Oppenheimer director's choice, and asked: "Really? The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a Christopher Nolan remote drop, is that what you're saying?"
But the director hit back with 'if you ain't first, you're last', which is an iconic line from the film
We can only imagine what Ricky Bobby would say if he heard about this. Maybe something like: "It won the Academy Award… best movie ever made."
The soundbite caused a stir among Talladega Nights and Christopher Nolan fans alike on social media.
One person said: "Eat your heart out Talladega Nights haters."
Another added: "Yet another reason to like Christopher Nolan… as if Batman and Inception wasn’t enough."
A third wrote: "One of the best movies ever. Not shocked."
A fourth quipped: "Could not have guessed what the last movie he names on this list is if you gave me 100 tries."
The famed director spoke to Indiewire this month about the 37 films he thinks everyone should see.
The list included 1994's Speed, yes the one with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock on a bus, 1979's Alien, and 1998's Saving Private Ryan.
Nolan's latest film Oppenheimer, which tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb, opened in cinemas around the world over the weekend.
Loved by both critics and audiences alike, it's already made $80 million in the US box office.