Batman Actor: I Will Never Disparage America on Foreign Soil

Just because you don’t hear this sentiment that often from movie stars.

From the BBC radio program, On Screen, updated Wednesday, July 23, 2008, a segment on The Dark Knight.

Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent), responding to comments by BBC interviewer Kirsty Lang.

Lang: The movie’s already done incredibly well. I think it’s broken records in its opening weekend in the United States. I mean, do you think that because America’s in an election year, the economy going down the tubes, a lot of uncertainty in the world, do you think it touched a nerve?

Eckhart: (Laughs) You’re very anti-American here.

Lang: Yes?

Eckhart: We’re having our problems…First of all, I will never disparage America on foreign soil. I am a proud American.

Sound file is here.

Program summary:

Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 July 2008, 09:32 GMT

The one Hollywood blockbuster likely to overshadow all others over the next few months is the new Batman film. The Dark Knight has broken US box office records in its opening weekend taking over $155 million. It’s directed by Christopher Nolan who made the highly acclaimed Batman Begins in 2005. That explored how rich kid Bruce Wayne turned into a masked crusader after his parents were murdered. In The Dark Knight his mission to rid Gotham City of organised crime continues but Batman is disillusioned and wants someone else to take over his mantle. That someone is a bright new district Attorney called Harvey Dent. Christian Bale reprises his role as Batman with Aaron Eckhart (In The Company of Men, Thank You For Smoking) playing Harvey Dent. But their war on crime starts to backfire when they confront a new enemy: an anarchic terrorist called the Joker played by the late Heath Ledger who died in January. The film turns into an epic battle fought in an ultra-modern metropolis where the forces of law and order are breaking down and the city is rapidly descending into chaos. Kirsty Lang talks to director Christopher Nolan and actor Aaron Eckhart about the film and the tragic loss of Heath Ledger.

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