Ask Forrest: How ’bout Eckhart?

Aaron Eckhart in "the Dark Knight."

Aaron Eckhart in "The Dark Knight."

Question: About a week and a half ago, you reviewed “The Dark Knight” DVD release and gave it its deserved due. But you, as everybody has, elevated Heath Ledger to acting-sainthood, while the performance that I found most fascinating in the film has been mostly ignored by all media. Of course, I’m referring to Aaron Eckhart’s turn as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, perhaps the most tragic figure ever in the Batman Rogues Gallery.

In the course of the film, while the Joker appears already fully formed, Dent gets to transform. I never once connected with the Joker, while Two-Face stirred my feelings up for weeks after I witnessed Eckhart’s performance. If you ask an actor or an acting teacher what makes a good performance, they will usually tell you that the broader emotional arc a character has to pursue makes for a more remarkable experience. The Joker makes virtually no emotional journey during “The Dark Knight,” while Two-Face goes almost literally from Heaven to Hell. Where is the press for Eckhart?

Answer: You just succeeded in creating at least a little press, so I hope Eckhart appreciates your efforts.

As for your question …

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