Christopher Nolan Recalled A Peloton Instructor Completely Dragging His Movie “Tenet” Without Knowing He Was Taking The Class, And Now People Have Unearthed The Hilarious Footage

“That would only happen to me,” the instructor said in response. “Mr. Nolan, I’m inviting you to come for a ride with me in the Peloton studio. You can critique my class.”

Even if you’re not an avid cinema fan, it’s no secret that Christopher Nolan’s movies are known for being a little… complex.

Close-up of Christopher

With hits like The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar on his résumé, moviegoers over the years haven’t held back from sharing their thoughts and theories on what the deeper meaning behind Christopher’s perplexing storytelling might be.

Christopher with Inception costars Leo DiCaprio and Ken Watanabe

However, it’s not every day that you inadvertently find yourself sharing these thoughts with the director himself — which is exactly what happened to one Peloton instructor.

Close-up of Christopher seated and holding a microphone

While accepting the award for Best Director at the New York Film Critics Circle ceremony this week, Christopher recalled an unexpected situation during a Peloton workout when his instructor started dragging his 2020 film, Tenet, midway through the class.

Robert Pattinson and John David Washington walking outside in Tenet

In case you haven't seen it, the mind-bending sci-fi film centers on the premise of time manipulation as the characters attempt to prevent a world disaster from happening by traveling backward and forward through time.

John David wearing an oxygen mask in Tenet

And if that plot summary is sounding a bit bizarre, you might better remember it as the movie that stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh.

Robert and John David at a media event

So, giving his NYFCC speech this week, the Oppenheimer director reflected on criticism of his work and jokingly called out the Peloton instructor who said mid-workout that Tenet was “a couple hours of [her] life [she'll] never get back again” — clearly having no idea that the filmmaker was in the class.

Close-up of Christopher

“Directors have a complex emotional relationship with critics and criticism,” he began before talking about how commentary surrounding his movies has become more widespread and pervasive over the years.

Close-up of Christopher at a podium onstage

“For example, I was on my Peloton … gasping and dying, and the instructor started talking about one of my films and said, ‘Has anyone else seen this, because that’s a couple hours of my life I’ll never get back again,’” he said to laughter from the audience.

Close-up of Christopher onstage in a suit and tie and holding a microphone

Then, referencing film critic Rex Reed, he added, “When Rex Reed takes a shit on your film, he doesn’t ask you to work out!”

Close-up of Christopher in a suit and tie at an Oppenheimer event

“In today’s world, where opinions are everywhere, there is a sort of idea that film criticism is being democratized,” he went on. “But I, for one, think the critical appreciation of films shouldn’t be an instinct, but it should be a profession.”

Christopher with Interstellar costars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway

And it wasn’t long before sleuths on social media were able to unearth footage of the Peloton class in question, which shows instructor Jenn Sherman admitting that Tenet wasn’t exactly her cup of tea.

“This song is from the soundtrack of a movie called Tenet,” Jenn said while cycling along to Travis Scott’s song “The Plan,” which was written for the film. “Anybody see this shit? Did anybody see this besides me? ’Cause I need a manual. Someone’s gotta explain this.”

Jenn working out

“What the fuck was going on in that movie?” she went on, admitting that she had no clue what was happening throughout the film. “Seriously, you need to be a neuroscientist to understand. And that’s two and a half hours of my life that I want back. I want it back.”

Jenn working out

And while the fact that Christopher took the class is certainly a little awkward, Jenn recently addressed the blunder and made it clear there’s no hard feelings on her part, describing him as “one of the leading filmmakers of the 21st century.”

Close-up of Christopher in a suit and tie being interviewed at a media event

“Listen. It was 2020. It was a dark time. I’m on the platform, teaching my little class, and I’m running my mouth off like I’m known to do. And I make a random comment about a movie I had seen the night before,” she said in a recent Instagram post about the debacle.

“What do you think the odds are that the director of said movie would take that ride some four years later? That would only happen to me,” she said.

Close-up of Christopher in a bow tie

And while she confessed that she still doesn’t understand Tenet, Jenn said she was a big fan of Christopher’s most recent movie, Oppenheimer.

The cast of Oppenheimer with Christopher

“I have seen Oppenheimer twice. And that’s six hours of my life that I don’t ever want to give back,” she said before joking that she’d love the director to return for another workout.

Christopher with Oppenheimer star Cillian Murphy

“Mr. Nolan, I’m inviting you to come for a ride with me in the Peloton studio. You can critique my class,” she told her followers. “You’ll have a great time. You’ll sit in the front row. And I promise you it’ll be insult-free.”

Christopher smiling and waving

You can watch Christopher’s full speech here.

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