Considering he already lost a copy of “The Dark Knight Rises” script, Gary Oldman knows better than to let slip the tiniest detail about the upcoming superhero movie. But that doesn’t mean he can’t tease the fans with very vague recollections of his time on “The Dark Knight Rises” set. And tease he does.
Oldman attended a NYC screening of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” on Wednesday and conducted a lengthy Q&A afterwards. Collider attended the event and thus heard Oldman dish about an emotional scene starring Michael Caine as Alfred.
“There’s an emotional scene coming up in the next ’Batman,’ which I am obviously, absolutely sworn to secrecy about,” Oldman said. “[Michael Caine] has this emotional scene. I’m kidding you not. It was tears and the whole thing. And it’s ’Take 1.’ [snaps fingers] He got it. ’Take 2’ [snaps fingers again], Got it. Take 3 [snaps fingers] Got it. He’s just on the money. Every single time. It’s just extraordinary.”
Caine’s apparent secret? A love for British sports. “[He] loves cricket. He loves soccer. So, he comes to the set and [he] wants to get it done,” Oldman said, adding in his best Caine impersonation, “I’ve got to get back.”
Oldman also had kind words to say about his “The Dark Knight Rises” costar Tom Hardy, as well as the late Heath Ledger. After saying that his age may prevent him from playing the type of “outsized roles” he played when he was younger, Oldman said he was happy to leave those performances to a younger generation and stick to more introverted roles like George Smiley in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
“I look at Heath Ledger. You know, that extraordinary performance as the Joker, and I would think, rather you than me, kid. You know, I look at Tom Hardy and those actors [in] ’Warrior.’ What a f—ing day that must have been,” Oldman said. “[Those performances are] really asking something of someone and so [’Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’] was such a relief to keep it in.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters on July 20. Directed by Christopher Nolan, it stars Christian Bale, Oldman, Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Caine.
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