Michael Caine Talks About Working On ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ With Christopher Nolan & Tom Hardy
It’s not like I’m counting or anything….OK, maybe I am, but we’re just 15 days away from the release the hugely-anticipated finale in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ With that, Empire has posted a new interview with Sir Michael Caine – who’s marking his fifth collaboration with Nolan on the film – to talk all things ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Throughout Nolan’s Series, Michael Caine has portrayed Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, guardian, father figure, and above all, friend. Over the course of ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight,’ Alfred has been an integral part of Bruce Wayne/Batman’s inner circle alongside Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox and Gary Oldman’s Commissioner Gordon. Commenting on his experience working with Christopher Nolan, Michael Caine reveals, “It’s fabulous. And of course, one of the greatest talents of a director is casting. I once said to John Huston when I was working with him on The Man Who Would Be King, “what is the talent of a director?” He said “casting”, and you look at the cast of actors that Chris has got. It’s absolutely wonderful every time. And this one, Dark Knight Rises, is no exception. He’s got one of my favourite new young British actors, Tom Hardy, who I saw on television a couple of years ago and I went, “who the bloody hell is that?” And he’s proved me right.”
On the topic of the huge scope of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ Michael Caine shed some light on his experience making it, “For me, it was incredible because the great thing about it was – and the secret of the success of this picture as opposed to those massive blockbusters out there – is the stunts and special effects are real. There is very, very little computer generated imaging in it. All these other ones you see a million people marching towards you, you know they’ve photographed ten and just kept doubling it up and up and up. In ours, when the stuntman falls off the roof, it’s a real man falling off the roof and hitting the bottom. And I think that is very important. It’s very human and I suppose the class of acting is a little better… For a start both Batman and the butler are Oscar-winners! (laughs). Gary Oldman, who’s the chief of police, nearly became one himself, do you see what I mean? So it’s a very high standard of acting, and a very high standard of reality. That’s the secret of that series, for me.”
Speaking on Christopher Nolan ending the series, the Oscar-winner had the following to say, “He’s got to go on, he’s got some other idea, and I’m in it! I’ve been in everything he’s done since he’s been in Hollywood. We’re each others’ good luck charms. I always say to him, “I’m not your good luck charm, you are mine!” (laughs).” Asked whether he would miss playing Alfred, Michael Caine revealed, “In a way, but in a way it’s right. I mean, I’ve played him three times. His role in Batman is to be your reality. When you get into the fantasy, suddenly you’ve got the butler there saying exactly what you’re thinking – “you can’t do that! You can’t go flying up in a bat suit in here! What are you, nuts?!” He is the foot on the ground and that’s what was always important to me. And I played it that way…”
For the full interview head on over to Empire. Look out for my own interviews for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ shortly! Judging by films thrilling trailers, its marketing campaign, the first-rate cast, and most importantly; the two previous installments in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight,’ I think it’s safe to say that we can expect something rather special from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ when it lands in cinemas and IMAX on July 20th. Based upon the iconic characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, The Dark Knight Rises’ stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate. Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown co-star. The screenplay for the film is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer. Check out the production details and official synopsis for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ below.
It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.
The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
Behind the scenes, “The Dark Knight Rises” reunites the director with several of his longtime collaborators, all of whom worked together on the “The Dark Knight.” The creative team includes director of photography Wally Pfister, who recently won an Oscar® for his work on Nolan’s “Inception”; production designer Nathan Crowley; editor Lee Smith; and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). In addition, Paul Franklin and Chris Corbould, who both won Oscars® for the effects in “Inception,” supervised the visual and special effects, respectively. The music is composed by Oscar® winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”).
In helming the film, Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on “The Dark Knight,” which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX cameras. The locations span three continents and include the American cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, as well as sites in India, England and Scotland.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Slated for release beginning July 20, 2012, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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