Matthew Modine Tells All
According to actor Matthew Modine, Christopher Nolan had to cut a graphic scene from The Dark Knight Rises to appease censors.
Modine, who played the role of Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley in The Dark Knight Rises, recently revealed during an appearance on ReelBlend podcast how his gory death scene in the film had to be removed to prevent an NC-17-rating. Modine revealed –
“[Nolan] cut my death scene out of Dark Knight Rises. Because he said it was so violent that it would have gotten an NC-17 rating. … Marion Cotillard — after Bane dies and Batman, Chris [Bale] gets stabbed, she gets in one of those vehicles. She starts to drive away, and I’m shooting at her. And I got run over. All it does is, it just cuts, and I’m on the ground, dead. But it was so violent.”
The cut scene takes place near the end of the film, when Batman returns to Gotham City to stop Bane, only to discover his former friend Miranda had been Bane’s master Talia Al Ghul all along. After Talia makes a break for it in a tank, Foley tries to stop her, only to get run over by her tank, killing him instantly.
Furthermore, Modine talked of a stuntman who was used to pull off the death scene, and witnessing the experience left him fairly rattled –
“The guy that was doubling me got hit by the car. They put a plexiglass thing on the front of [the car] and he got hit. They had ropes to pull him into the air, but he went up and they dropped him from about 15 feet, and the sound of his body hitting the cobblestone street in front of the New York Stock Exchange, it was sickening.”
“I remember I looked at Christopher Nolan when we shot it and his face was white. He was like, ‘OK, let’s move on. We got that.’ But it was like, ‘Oh my God, is that guy going to get up? Is he okay?’ But [Nolan] said that if he would have put it in the movie, it would’ve got an NC-17 rating because it was so violent.”
The Dark Knight Rises went on to become a billion-dollar grossing movie and cemented Nolan’s status as one of the most successful directors in Hollywood.