Do you remember how terrified you were when you misplaced your science homework? Well, imagine your homework is the most coveted screenplay in the world of cinema, and your lab partner is Christian Bale. On Sunday, March 25, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight star Gary Oldman admitted to the BBC that he once actually misplaced the script for the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises.
Oldman, 53, is set to reprise his role as Commissioner Gordon in the third and final movie in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. Oldman recalls hiding his TDKR script in a hotel room and forgetting about it. “I’d gone out for dinner. And I had put it in the room between the mattress and the bed, because I couldn’t scrunch it into the safe. I was half-thinking about something else and shoved it there.”
Unfortunately, Oldman had completely forgotten about his hiding spot in the interim period. “I was in a panic for 20 minutes. I thought, ‘Where the hell have I put it?'” He adds, “It had my name on it. They would have killed me.”
The celebrated actor goes on to explain the secrecy attached to Nolan’s Batman scripts. “When he gives the script out, it doesn’t have the ending. Characters sometimes change, or their names change. And you have to go to the studio to read it.” But considering the risk factor script leaking, Oldman sympathizes with the mentality. “There’s a website that gets hold of scripts and reviews films before they’re made, so I can understand the paranoia.”
And with all these measures taken, spoilers are still able to find their way out.
At least Oldman is in pretty good company when it comes to the practice of screenplay misplacement — back in the spring of 2011, word got out that Samuel L. Jackson had misplaced the script for The Avengers.