Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale to talk — what else? — “The Dark Knight Rises.” A quote for franchise fans? Nolan says: “I will cop to this: The ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was in the back of our minds the entire time we were making these.” Five more notable quotables below!
1. Nolan on the problem with trilogies: “There are very few great third films. I think in some cases dissatisfaction with third films comes from the sheer exhaustion of the people making it.”
2. Nolan on Peter Jackson envy: “What Peter Jackson did was completely different. He had the whole story for all three films; he was physically capable of shooting it all at once. I can’t imagine doing it myself. It’s one of the great achievements in movies.”
3. Nolan on not mentioning the Joker in TDKR: “I felt very strongly that the Joker was off-limits. I don’t want to trivialize a tragedy like that by explaining it away in some fashion. I made the choice, immediately, that talking about the Joker was off the table. It’s just the way I feel about it, based on my relationship with Heath.”
4. Bale on Bruce Wayne’s many identities: “It was playing the idea of there being three Bruce Waynes. The public, vacuous billionaire. The private Bruce Wayne who is still a child. And then the vengeful one who is a monster. Remembering that, I was no longer playing a guy who was dressing up and looking silly. It was a man playing multiple parts, and a man who dressed up as a monster for a reason, because he feels monstrous, and so he must become a monster in those moments.”
5. Bale on his yearlong hiatus between “The Machinist” and “Batman Begins”: “People are always very generous in the way that they put that: ‘Oh, he took a year off.’ It sounds wonderful when people say, ‘Oh, he just didn’t find anything he liked.’ Yes, that may well have been true, but there’s also the fact that you’re not being offered anything that you like.”
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