Tom Hardy as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises'/Image © Warner Bros
It’s great for your film to be topical, but what happens when its release coincides with a major disaster? No, I’m not talking about “The Dark Knight Rises,” I’m talking about “The Watch” — which used to be “Neighborhood Watch” until the Trayvon Martin shooting occurred, after which the subject no longer seemed like a laughing matter (it was a neighborhood watch volunteer who gunned down the seventeen-year-old Martin). The linked article reveals all of the PR massaging that a film may undergo if the headlines hit a bit too close to home.
Okay, now I’m talking about TDKR. Obviously your first question when you left the theater was, “How can I puff myself up like Tom Hardy?” Here you can learn all the ins and outs of Hardy’s Bane bodybuilding, complete with scary-sounding exercise names (the “Renegade Row” doesn’t sound like it’s for beginners) and diet tips. That sounds like a lot of chicken! Everyone knows that only good guys eat their veggies.
As much as we’d all prefer that Ridley Scott get right down to making his “Blade Runner” and “Prometheus” sequels, the director’s next project is a disaster film called “The Day Britain Stopped,” inspired by a fake documentary that ran on the BBC in 2003. It’s apparently all about what would happen if Britain’s transportation system all shut down at once. (Forgive me for thinking that android assassins or the alien origins of human life sound way more interesting.)
Fifty percent of people are totally sick of Lady Gaga, but the other fifty percent are only half sick of her. I’m in the latter camp, so I actually felt a twinge when I saw that she’s been cast in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” sequel, entitled (of course) “Machete Kills.” Next to nothing is known about her character, La Chameleon, but the /Film writer’s educated guess is that Gaga’s role is “a very small cameo of some sort of burlesque performer in a bar where Machete is looking for information about some sort of mayhem and madness.” See, we film reporters really do pay attention to the movies we watch!