Guy Pearce Vs. Heath Ledger?


And Lachy Hulme talks Batman rumours

Its always been speculated that Guy Pearce might be involved with one of the new “Batman” movies one day – because of his association with “Memento” director Christopher Nolan, who helms the “Bat” blockies – and now, according to Batman On Film, said speculation might be spot-on.

Pearce is said to be the new favourite – Now that Live Schrieber is apparently no longer in the running – to play Harvey Dent, Gotham D.A, in “The Dark Knight”. Dent’s a good-guy that teams up with Batman to bring down The Joker (Heath Ledger) in the next pic. Later on though, Dent himself goes a little screwloose, involuntarily transformed into the disfigured menace, ‘Two-Face’.

If Pearce signs for the film, he’ll be the second Aussie onboard the pic. Ledger, of course, hails from beachy Perth.

Another Aussie actor, Lachy Hulme, was rumoured to be up for the role of ‘The Joker’ there for a while. But Hulme tells Batman On Film that he never met on the film – and as far as he’s concerned, it was something that fans had come up with.

“The first I heard of it, someone rang me to say that they’d heard on the radio that I actually had the part, and this was before Batman Begins had even come out, so this was early 2005. And on the radio, they were apparently quoting from your site, so there you have it. Of course, I had to explain to my family that I wasn’t playing the part, but from that moment on, the media have been chasing me around asking for a quote, which I couldn’t give. But every other weekend down here, there would be some blurb or column in the papers talking about how I was the “front-runner” or some shit. Thank God Heath got the gig, ‘cause now the press can all fuck off. But the Internet speculation has been extraordinary. Unbelievable!”.

Though Hulme says he never tested (but nobody did for the part) and didn’t meet with director Chris Nolan, he does have some ideas on how he might have played the part had the rumours been true.

“Obviously you come to work with your own ideas, with your own prep and your research done, and you try to impose some sort of personal vision onto the role you’re playing, whether that be through the costume or the accent or the ticking clock inside whomever you’re playing, or whatever. But even with a role like The Joker, which is open to so much interpretation, you ultimately have to acquiesce to the director, otherwise get out of the way. Acting is not like painting. You don’t get to sit in a corner and create your own special thing. You’re part of a team. You’re servicing a vision, particularly in feature films. That’s what you get paid for.

“I suppose the obvious thing would be to just go back to the original version of the character. That interests me. Everyone raves about what Alan Moore did with The Killing Joke, but ultimately, that version of the character demands you to feel sympathy for the guy, and I don’t believe we should feel anything but fear and disgust for him. For me, the most interesting version is what Bob Kane and Bill Finger did with the first incarnation of the character, which was basically a prototype for the modern-day serial killer, something like what The Zodiac Killer in San Francisco in the 60s and 70s was, a killer who announces his crimes and then commits them in a way that makes no sense, and then just disappears back into the shadows. An unstoppable force, a very dark, scary force. I found that very compelling, that first ever Joker story. At the end of the day, there should be nothing sympathetic about a character like The Joker, and certainly nothing funny about him. I know everybody hearing this or, sorry, reading this will hate me for saying that, but that would be my jumping-off point as an actor. Until the director told me to shut up and do it his way. (laughs) And by the way, I’m not trying to insult The Killing Joke or Alan Moore or anything like that. In fact, I can see why his take on The Joker has inspired such a passionate following, because it’s, y’know, such an intelligent and literate take on the character for the modern reader. But you can’t go past the Bob Kane/Bill Finger version, in my opinion. They nailed him right from the start”.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

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