A Welt, A Gun And How The Dark Knight Was Almost Rated R

During the week of the ten year anniversary of Christopher Nolan’s comic epic The Dark Knight, The Hollywood Reporter sat down with actor David Dastmalchian and chatted about his experience.

His name may not ring a bell, but you definitely would remember who he was once you saw him. Dastmalchain played Thomas Schiff, Joker’s paranoid schizophrenic henchman who suffers an intense “interrogation” at the hands of Gotham City’s District Attorney Harvey Dent. In the interview, Dastmalchain goes into detail of how he was down on his luck, trying to get by and how his role in The Dark Knight changed everything for the better.

His time on sent was filled with the excitement of working on a big budget film, surrounded by the likes of Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Nolan. His excitement level would skyrocket when, being a comic book fan, he witnessed Bale in the Batsuit. He also talks about the intensity involved in filming that scene where Aaron Eckhart, in character as Dent, presses a gun harshly against his forehead. “That gun pushed so hard into my head, and I could feel myself pushing back,” says Dastmalchian, who ended up having a welt on his head for weeks after the scene.

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That welt would come up again years later, when Dastmalchain and his son would randomly bump into Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas at the park. He explained:

“He told me a funny anecdote. He said he really liked the scene, but he said when we were shooting it, I was pushing my head against Aaron’s gun and he was pushing the gun back. I remember for a few weeks after I had a big welt on my head and a little goose egg and black bruise. He said that was one of the moments the MPAA asked him to go back and he had to cut out the indent from the gun barrel on my head.”

Funny that a little welt mark left by a gun on a forehead would push the MPAA to possibly make The Dark Knight rated R. Dastmalchain has gone on to have a steady, successful acting career, appearing in such films as Prisoners, Animals, Blade Runner 2049 and now appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his role as Kurt in both Ant-Man and its sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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