THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' David Gyasi Reveals Actors He Is Sharing Screen Time With
David Gyasi is a British actor on the rise and currently starring in the BBC drama series White Heat. His career was floundering, but an unexpected audition with Christopher Nolan has him headed on the right path.
While promoting his television series David opened up about some of his upcoming projects. One of them being Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. During the interview he talks about the auditioning process and how that moment marked a profound change in the trajectory of his acting career. He also revealed that he will be sharing screen time with Tom Conti and a wee bit with star, Christian Bale.
So, from that information what can common sense tell us about David's role in the film? Well, we can pretty much identify Tom Conti as the actor that explains what the chanting is to an inquisitive Bruce Wayne. Christian Bale asks, "What does that mean?" and Tom Conti replies, "Rise." In the brief glimpse Conti is blurred, but his voice is as distinct as Kermit the frog. So, my best guess is that David will be imprisoned just like Conti and Bale.
The speculation is that this setting is a prison for Gotham's wealthy citizens. Pair that up with the scene involving a man trying to hide under a antique desk, and you could assume that the rich folk in Gotham are going to be terrorized by Bane.
I read you have a part in The Dark Knight Rises - how did that happen?
I was in the States doing pilot season last year, and this audition came up, with this amazing monologue that I was sent. I had to put myself on tape, and I learnt it, worked on it for days and nights and went in there and performed it for this casting director. He was just like, dude, I would like you to come back and read for Christopher Nolan. I said yes I can. I went in, and I met Christopher for the audition; I was really nervous, and shaking. I was staying in LA with an actress who said to me, David, if you feel anything in an audition, just embody it into the character. So I used it, and then I didn't hear anything for three months. I got back to England and got this call saying, are you sitting down? I got told by both my American manager and my agent over here they want to use you on The Dark Knight [Rises]. 24 hours before, I went on a young walk with my son, then three, and was just thinking, what is the best way for me to provide for my family? Because we'd come through a tight period, and I was wondering if I could continue acting. I had spent a lot of money going to LA. So to get that call was such a godsend, and such a sign. Because I was questioning myself and my ability. The next day, White Heat came through as well! For me, Dark Knight was much more about that moment, about answering questions about whether I could work globally, and also to be able to go in front of a director like that, and for him to say yes, you're the chap I would like to use. That was life-affirming.
Can you tell us anything about your role in The Dark Knight Rises?
I can tell you a little bit about my experience. I didn't get a script, so basically I had the audition in my head. I arrived on set, and Christopher Nolan was giving me the lines I had to say. He would literally say, this is what just happened, and this is what you're reacting to. I know absolutely nothing! I know that sounds like a cop-out, but I was there, and I worked with Tom Conti and a little bit with Christian Bale, but I was there on a need to know basis. I'm hoping that I'm still in the film, as I'm a fan of the films, so I'll be watching with vested interest!
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Garly Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.
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