EXT. COACH (MOVING) / CENTRAL LONDON â€“ DAY
It was raining. Not cats and dogs, but journos from around the world, but I was in good, familiar hands. The safe hands of the WB. One Warner-ette asked if I was OK with the â€˜group thingâ€™. I raised an eyebrow, ala Roger Mooreâ€™s Bond, though she was referring to being part of a group of journalists. What is the collective term for a group of journalists? Pack? Shoal? Cackle? Probably a â€˜Bitter of Hacksâ€™ is more suiting, as I sit amongst a few I have crossed paths (and swords) with many times over the years.
Our coach was stuck and had to do a three-point turn manoeuvre near the Sofitel St. James hotel. This was a fortunate uncertain diversion, as we were able to make a brief meet with Aaron Eckhart, who plays HARVEY DENT / TWO FACE in The Dark Knight movie.
INT. SOFITEL ST JAMES HOTEL â€“ DAY
Weâ€™re briefed as not to mention the death of a crew member, which happened recently. Weâ€™re then led into a boardroom where an impressive table is sited. All that was missing was a loot player and a banquet to feast on.
Aaron Eckhart (AE) enters the room/ Heâ€™s casually dressed and sits opposite me. Heâ€™s tired and although as friendly as hell, he could appear to some as weirded out by the whole operation of this Batman mission. I mean who wouldnâ€™t be? This is a super huge scale pump action king of a movie.
Aarron Eckhart: Hi, London.
Bowdrie: Hey. â€“ Have you been to London before?
AE: Mm, yeah, I went to High School. Spent 4 years in London.
He sips his tea, eyeing over the Bitter of Hacks before him, though looking at me after each question is asked, whether I ask it or not.
Heâ€™s asked what stage he is at.
AE: Iâ€™m on the suicidal stage. Nearing the end of the movie. Itâ€™s the biggest movie Iâ€™ve worked on.
Like I said, no surprise there. Aarron was a genuine, natural and grateful guy.
Bowdrie: What are you able to tell us about the character you play in The Dark Knight?
AE: I play Harvey Dent who is the District Attorney of Gotham City. Er.. Harvey Dent is a very good guy. A judicious guy. For the people. An aly of Bruce Wayne. Umâ€¦ We know.. you all know he er.. Two Face is erâ€¦
Heâ€™s hesitant and chuckles, but so do the geeky journos. Yes, we know Harvey Dent becomes Two Face.
AE: (continued) To think what Batman was then and what it is today, wellâ€¦ I think Harvey Two-Face has a code and his code is killing people for reasons that will remain secret. Umâ€¦
Aarron seems awkward as to what heâ€™s permitted to say, but clearly hints that Two Face is more of a vigilante like Batman. We get the impression Harvey Dent is very close to Bruce Wayne and there could possibly be a love-triangle between them and the Rachel Dawes character played by Maggie Gyllenhaal (replacing Katie Holmes).
Bowdrie: Did you have to spend a long time in make-up?
I took a shot and seeing from the smirk forming upon his face, he knew full well it was a shot to reveal whether Two Face was going to have Joker-esque hideous facial scarring.
Aarron Smiles, sipping his tea, saying â€˜mmmâ€™.
Bowdrie: Are you looking forward to having an action figure of yourself?
AE: I donâ€™t know if I have oneâ€¦ er.. I er.. Thatâ€™d be.. strange.
I ask if heâ€™s seen the coin his character will have in the movie.
AE: Iâ€™ve seen the coin. Iâ€™ve used the coin.
Bowdrie: The coin is an iconic, significant piece to Two Faceâ€™s costume.
AE: (nodding, smirking) Ah ha. Mm.
He sips more tea.
Despite the interview being a plus, it was a short visit and time was a major factor. We were soon back on board the coach and heading for the set itself.