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New style for Dark Knight's Two-Face

AaronEckhart.jpgTwo-Face will appear in The Dark Knight according to the actor set to play him, and with that he's revealed that the filming of Two-Face will take a unique twist.

Two Face is a character who has a split personality and a face to match. On one side he is a rather striking man, but on the other his face is terribly scarred, and he uses a double headed coin to decide people's fates, one side is clear, and the other badly scored - no one said the character psychology was subtle!

Talking of the character, Aaron Eckhart revealed that he will be seen as Two-Face, however for the most part he will be playing the lawyer Harvey Dent, the man who eventually becomes the split character. For a good portion of the film he will be playing Dent, building the character behind that of Two-Face rather than leaping straight into the baddie.

However that's the big news - Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face is most definitely in the film, and there'll be some action from Two-Face after that.

"I think that right now we're showing who Harvey was before he was scarred, and it's an interesting role that he plays. We're looking at Gotham City trying to get out of its darkness. That's why Harvey is important."

Aaron Eckhart says that his character(s) play an important part in the framework of The Dark Knight when he comments through Wizard and First Showing, and suggests that there's something special they're doing for the filming.

"I have done scenes as Harvey Two-Face. It's interesting. I won't tell you exactly what we're going for, but I think that I can say that it will use all of today's technology to create this character. He's going to be interesting, and I think that's what makes this character important in the movie-you get to see him as he was before, as in the comic books. Harvey is a very good guy in the comic books. He's judicious. He cares. He's passionate about what he loves and then he turns into this character. So you will see that in this film."

He's just hinting at it here, but apparently he's filming each scene twice, once playing it straight as Dent, and then again playing it as Two-Face, and using computer jiggery-pokery we'll see whichever side of the character is required at a particular time. Now how cool does that sound, although at the same time it sounds like it has plenty of room for things to not quite work, or go totally wrong. Over at CHUD through First Showing they have discovered a little more of what's going on.

"...he's a fifty-fifty split of the same actor giving two wildly divergent performances in the same shot. And because he has two takes of each scene, Nolan has the luxury of shaping Eckhart's performance in post."

Wow, my reaction was pretty much the same, it sounded a really exciting idea. Eckhart plays the scene once as Dent, then once as Two-Face, and somehow they'll use these performances to make Two-Face. Are they actually going to visually merge the two together to get the performances at the same time, or are they going to pull a Fight Club and have the character as a distinctly separate entity who seems real, and at any one time there's only one winning over?

You see this is when a remake works so well, when a talent like Christopher Nolan takes an already used and very well stamped idea such as the character of Two-Face, and indeed the Joker, and gives them a new and interesting viewpoint. Here he really is dropping the comic attitude and hitting the harsh and very dark reality of the story and the characters.

Well both performances feature Eckhart in full makeup as Two-Face but giving the different performances, or will the Dent performance be totally without makeup and we see a distinct physical change too? It could go either way.

I'm really not sure how they will carry it off, but personally I would think they would put him in the scared face makeup and get him to perform the scene differently and then just select the different performance for each different shot, giving the split personality change a real tangible crunch.

What do you think? How would you like this to play out?



They did this sort of thing for Willem Dafoe's character in American Psycho, whereby he shot for each thrice, one as just a guy, one as a suspicious but unknowing officer, one as someone who was convinced it was Bateman who did it.

The result was pretty effective.

Ah, I never knew that, thanks for the titbit Ramchandra. I didn't pick up on anything like that when I was watching it recently, but I did think that Dafoe's portrayal was particularly spot on - that's probably why!

So skewing a tad off-topic, where do you stand on the end of that film/novel .. did he?/didn't he?

I think he did, and one of his personalities decided to clean up after him. You?


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