Hey everyone, my name’s Matt and I’m a new writer here at Film Junk. This is a new column that I’m going to be starting where every once in a while I’ll give you a couple film facts that you probably never knew. Hopefully you’ll find them interesting and it will spark discussion. This edition of Did You Know will feature the movie The Dark Knight.
Fact #1: Remember in the movie those videos that the Joker sends to the GCN? The first one was about the fake Batman and the second one was where Mike Engel reads the Joker’s statement. Those were both directed by Heath Ledger. The first one Nolan supervised but for the second he gave Heath complete freedom.
Discussion: Who knew Heath could direct? It’s a shame he passed away so unexpectedly, perhaps in the future he could have tried his hand at directing a full feature length movie. Who knows where life would have taken him.
Fact #2: Heath’s nomination for the Joker was the fourth time in Oscar history that a movie based on a comic got a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Can you guess the other three?
Al Pacino in Dick Tracy
Paul Newman in Road To Perdition
William Hurt in A History of Violence
Discussion: Out of the four nominations who do you guys think was the best? I’m going to go with Heath for the Joker although I have seen all four performances and they are all great.
Fact #3: For the first four days of scheduled shooting Nolan didn’t roll the camera once. instead he treated the cast and crew to two movies a day resulting in eight movies. The eight movies were as follows:
Heat, Cat People, Citizen Kane, King Kong (the original), Batman Begins, Black Sunday, A Clockwork Orange and Stalag 17.
Discussion: A rather random batch of films wouldn’t you say? I can obviously see the point in showing them Batman Begins, but why waste four days of scheduled shooting showing the cast and crew the other films. What would be the reason to show them not only eight films, but these eight films in particular?
As always let us know in the comments.