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Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2013

Aaron Eckhart talks ‘Dark Knight,’ new Batman films, the tone and Johnny Depp has the Two-Face coin

IGN recently had actor Aaron Eckhart, who played Harvey Dent/Two-Face in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, on the Keepin’ It Reel podcast to talk about his new film Erased. During the course of the discussion we touched on his work with Nolan and where he feels that Warner Brothers should take Batman in the post-Nolan era.

Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face in "Dark Knight"   photo Warner Bros

Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face in “Dark Knight” photo Warner Bros

“I mean, look, Iron Man is so successful and the tone of Iron Man is completely different than the Nolan Batman series. They’re both very successful, right? And both entertaining. You could take Batman that way. You know Chris (Nolan) has done such hard work and created this tone, and Christian (Bale) has, and Heath (Ledger) and everyone who’s been in these movies. I’d hate to see it be trivialized. Batman’s kind of special because it’s one of the last comic books, or only comic books, that’s truly tackling, in my opinion, issues. And relevant issues.”

The tone is the key to Eckhart on bringing the Nolan films to life.

“…You know I said to Gary (Oldman), ‘You know Gary how do you act in one of these things, what’s the tone of it?’ And that’s a conversation I had with Chris. And to see Heath just take this thing deadly serious was exciting, and I feel privileged to have been a part of that, and I would hate to lose that because everybody who comes up to me on the street all over the world, the thing that they inevitably say about The Dark Knight is that it’s about something, it’s serious, it resonates with them. Look, I don’t know because I’m just an actor, but I don’t know that Chris would ever give up total control of this franchise. I can’t see Chris ever letting go of this movie.”

Eckhart also revealed that Johnny Depp, or his son, is the proud owner of the Two-Face coin.

“I did a movie called The Rum Diary in Puerto Rico and Johnny Depp and I were somewhere on the set one day and Johnny said to me, ‘Aaron, what happened to the coin [from The Dark Knight], the coin that Two-Face flipped?’ And I said, ‘Oh, I gave it back and Warner Bros. has it.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, yeah, no, they don’t. I bought it.’ He said, ‘My Kid saw The Dark Knight and loved Two-Face so much that I bought him the coin.’ It never occurred to me grab the coin, but I’m glad it’s in good hands.”

Check out the two segment of the interview here and here.

Eckhart returns to comic book films with I, Frankenstein coming January 24. (see poster below)

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