Aaron Eckhart Discusses His Role as Two-Face in The Dark Knight
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter to promote his upcoming film Wander, Aaron Eckhart took the time to discuss the legacy of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film The Dark Knight, in which the actor memorably portrayed Harvey Dent/Two-Face. One of the questions Eckhart was asked was whether he believed Harvey would have approved of Batman and Commissioner Gordon’s lie had he survived.
“No, he would’ve told the truth,” the actor says. “That’s the great thing about Harvey Dent. Despite whatever is going on, he’s a truth-teller and he’s a moral center. And not only that, he’s the face of truth, right? I don’t want to say he’s not hiding behind something, but he’s not. Now, when he becomes Two-Face, he is.”
“But Harvey Dent was out there fighting for every man and woman, for truth and justice, and he put himself on the line. But having done so, he got bit, and he was forever changed,” Eckhart continues. “But you don’t want to lose your Harvey Dents in life. No matter how much money or pressure there is, no matter how much coercion, control or corruption there is, Harvey Dent is going to stay true to the moral center and the truth.”
Eckhart then reflected on his initial reaction to The Dark Knight script.
“Not only is it a great story and a great movie, but this is what cinema and art are all about. It’s a reflection of our times. Chris knocked it out of the park and that’s why that movie is so important. And then, obviously, the performance of Heath. What a special, special movie. I was happy to be a part of it.”
The Dark Knight was released on July 18, 2008 and went on to gross $1.005 billion worldwide, earn eight Academy Award nominations and secure a Bast Supporting Actor statue for the late Heath Ledger. The film stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman.