It’s been 10 long years since the release of The Dark Knight and Michael Jai White has finally spoken up about the strange scene involving him and Heath Ledger.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, White explains that the sequence was awkwardly cut due to the unfortunate death of Heath Ledger. He also says that before that happened there was an intent for a bigger role was expected of Gambol in the future. Spoilers for The Dark Knight follow:
“It was the kind of thing where they had deeper intentions for Gambol; it was a character who was written for future use, I think. There were other plans to do stuff with that character and some things that were cut out. I think it’s because of unfortunately losing Heath Ledger.”
The scene in question involved one of the best scenes in superhero cinema, where the Joker tells Gambol about his scars. In the final moments of the sequence, the editing gives the viewer no clear view of how Gambol died, and the character just falls to the ground. We know something bad happened but no indication of how Joker killed Gambol:
“I think that people can tell by the strange cut that I never shot a death scene. The character wasn’t supposed to be gone. That is something that happened in editing later.”
White also says that he has no animosity towards the decision because he has worked on both sides of the camera. I don’t blame him either because regardless of the decision he was in one of the most iconic scenes in superhero cinema:
“Being that I have been on both sides of the camera, I understood,” White says. “I was as surprised as anybody. The next few moments after Gambol hit the ground, I was in a state of confusion, like ‘What the hell happened? I guess I am not coming back.’ But, I have a producer’s and director’s mind-set, so I was able to look at it and think, ‘I guess they must have wanted to go this way.'”
The Dark Knight Trilogy is Directed by Christopher Nolan and the three films have an ensemble cast that includes Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robin John Blake, Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard (Ra’s al Ghul), Cillian Murphy as Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow), Tim Booth as Victor “Mr.” Zsasz, Heath Ledger as the Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent (Two-Face), Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate (Talia al Ghul), and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (Catwoman).
The Dark Knight Trilogy is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital formats.
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It’s finally summer, which means San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is just around the block! The biggest pop-culture event of the year, all of the biggest names in comics, movies and television will come together at the San Diego Convention Center and share their plans with their biggest fans. Hundreds of people will be dressed as their favorite characters as they search through back-issue bins, look at exclusive prints and talk with their fellow nerds.
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