Bale actually the brooding actor, Heath joking around when not Joker By Donna Lynn for Hollywood Today
HOLLYWOOD, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) 7/3/07 â€” BAFTA winner Gary Oldman, who plays Lt. James Gordon in the new Batman installment â€œThe Dark Knight,â€ surprisingly told Hollywood Today that Christian Bale was the brooding actor on the set while the late Heath Ledger was the upbeat, laughing actor when the cameras were off.
Though much was made in the media that Ledger could not shed his psychotic, manic Joker character, and that contributed to his overdose, Oldman said it was just not the case. Heath stepped easily in and just as quickly out of character at the end of each scene.
Oldman said Bale, who plays Batman, was the gloomy thespian. â€œThey are both so different. Christian is darker and Heath, we laughed a lot. Between takes, he very much wanted to laugh. I like to think that there was a potential of a friendship there with Heath. It was a silly accident. A cosmic shit-hammer â€” one of those things that just happens.â€
Oldman, who often plays a villain, or at least warped anti-hero, said of Lt. Gordon, destined to become Police Commissioner according to Batman lore, â€œItâ€™s a great character for me as itâ€™s against all the other types of characters Iâ€™ve played. So it is nice to play someone who is really the moral center of the piece â€” someone who is strong and got great backbone and character He is virtuous, honest and incorruptible. Those qualities make him fun to play vs. some of those other wacky characters Iâ€™ve portrayed in the past.â€
Chris Nolan steps back into the directorâ€™s chair for this sequel to â€œBatman Begins,â€ which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis â€” the dreaded Joker. Christian Bale returns to the role of Batman, Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes in â€œBatman Beginsâ€), and â€œBrokeback Mountainâ€ star Heath Ledger dons the ghoulishly gleeful Joker makeup previously worn by Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero.
Just as it begins to appear as if Batman, Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) are making headway in their tireless battle against the criminal element, a maniacal, wisecracking fiend plunges the streets of Gotham City into complete chaos.
Oldman believes the world needs heroes, perhaps even has a few. â€œMaybe there are â€˜Batmenâ€™ in the world. Maybe they work really covertly. Youâ€™ve got the U.N.â€ However, Oldman doesnâ€™t really believe the world would tolerate a good vigilante. â€œThe worldâ€™s too P.C. now. The world wouldnâ€™t let you have a Batman. In the movie, Gordon goes outside the jurisdiction of the country and he gets this guy Lao and brings him back to be tried. The far left would be outraged!â€
Oldmanâ€™s next movie is a horror â€˜Exorcist-type movieâ€™ where he plays a rabbi and performs an exorcism. â€œItâ€™s all smoke and mirrors â€¦ thatâ€™s my job. Itâ€™s all there in the writing and Iâ€™m just interpreting it and following it.â€
He said he wouldnâ€™t mind working with director Chris Nolan again, whose next film is â€œThe Prisoner,â€ based on the 60s cult TV show. â€œI like working with Chris because he doesnâ€™t work 17 hours a day and I like to get home and put my kids to bed. Chris isnâ€™t crazyâ€ So now itâ€™s time to let Oldman, sometimes hero, sometimes villain, always family man â€” get home to his kids and dinner.