Gary Oldman is an excellent actor who has deserved each and every one of his awards. And with dozens of movies, such as Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and a few Harry Potter films, under his belt, he’s had to memorize approximately ten bazillion of lines of dialog. But his memory failed him a few months ago, when he misplaced his script for The Dark Knight Rises.
Oldman told the BBC:
“I’d gone out for dinner,” the actor explained, “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.”
Oldman spent twenty minutes “in a panic.”
I feel for him. This isn’t like misplacing his glasses or his keys (although I can say from experience, misplacing my glasses sucks pretty hard). A lost script made public could threaten the bottom line of this $250 million movie, as potential viewers might opt out of the theaters after reading it.
“There’s a website that gets hold of scripts and reviews films before they’re made, so I can understand the paranoia,” Oldman told the BBC.
Script security is serious business, and many scripts are now individually watermarked with a name and/or identifying number. Alan Ball, the creator of True Blood, told The Wrap, that if a script is found on the Internet with someone’s identifying number, that person is immediately “terminated.”
As for Oldman, he wasn’t concerned with a mere watermark: his script of The Dark Knight Rises was clearly labeled with his name.
But all’s well that ends well, at least as far as this story is concerned: Oldman found it eventually. (I can’t speak as to the fate of the characters in the Christopher Nolan film, which we’ll learn about on July 20.)
And this is why Commissioner Gordon in The Dark Knight Rises is played by Gary Oldman and not by Joe Last-Minute Replacement.