The Dark Knight Rises Originally Had An NC-17 Worthy Death Scene
Did you understand Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises originally had a death scene so gratuitous that it needed to be cut to be able to avoid the film from receiving an NC-17 rating? Well, in accordance with Matthew Modine, who starred in the film as Deputy Commissioner Peter “Hot Head” Foley, that’s not only hyperbole, it’s true. The actor revealed just as much during an interview on where he revealed how Foley’s death was a lot more gratuitous in the initial cut. Have a look at a video of the stunt below!
“It had been so violent that it could have gotten an NC-17 rating,” Modine said. “All it can is, it cuts just, and I’m on the floor, dead. Nonetheless it was so violent… The guy that has been doubling me got hit by the automobile. They put a plexiglass thing on leading of [the car] and he got hit. That they had ropes to pull him in to the fresh air, but he went plus they dropped him from about 15 feet up, and the sound of his body hitting the cobblestone street while watching New York STOCK MARKET, it had been sickening.”
Modine continued: “I recall I viewed Christopher Nolan whenever we shot it and his face was white. He was like, ‘Ok, let’s move ahead. We got that.’ Nonetheless it was like, ‘Oh my God, is that guy likely to get right up? Is he okay?’ But [Nolan] said that when he’d have put it in the movie, it would’ve got an NC-17 rating since it was so violent.”
As it stands, Foley gets killed off screen per Miranda Tate’s orders in a comparatively harmless, though impactful way still. Though, admittedly, the initial death scene could have, ahem, landed harder from an emotional standpoint.