How Much Coffee Does a Hollywood Director Drink in a Day? For Steven Spielberg, the Answer is ‘None’

How many of your favorite high-powered directors drink their weight in coffee each day, and how many of them prefer tea?
How Much Coffee Does a Hollywood Director Drink in a Day? For Steven Spielberg, the Answer is ‘None’

Think your morning coffee is the source of your creativity? Give Stephen Spielberg a call.

In a survey of some of Hollywood’s most prominent directors, Empire magazine asked filmmakers like David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Night trilogy) about their coffee habits on set, and one answer in particular was too shocking not to share.

Steven Spielberg — the director of films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Saving Private Ryan — apparently doesn’t need any coffee to stay creative or focused. In fact, he told Empire, “I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life, but I have at least a dozen cups of mint tea a day.”

While we can certainly appreciate the serenity in a good cup of tea, we can’t help but be surprised that Spielberg has never once tried to start a hectic day on set with a cup of coffee. Fellow director Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Magic Mike) called Dr Pepper his “caffeine delivery system of choice.”

It’s also worth noting that both Nolan and Whedon discovered a newfound appreciation for tea after too much coffee.Nolan said he had “so many [cups of coffee] that I was forced to give it up and take up tea after Insomnia.”