‘The Dark Knight Rises’ stunts are ‘real’, insists Caine

Michael Caine insists there is 'very little' computer-generated imagery in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Michael Caine has insisted that the majority of stunts in The Dark Knight Rises are “real”.

Caine played Alfred Pennyworth – butler to Christian Bale‘s Bruce Wayne – in 2005’s Batman Begins and the 2008 sequel The Dark Knight. He will reprise his role in next month’s The Dark Knight Rises, intended to be the final film in a trilogy of Batman films from British director Christopher Nolan.

Discussing the difference between the upcoming Batman sequel and other blockbusters, the actor told Empire: “There is very, very little computer-generated imaging in it. All these other ones you see a million people marching towards you, you know they’ve photographed 10 and just kept doubling it up and up and up. In ours, when the stuntman falls off the roof, it’s a real man falling off the roof and hitting the bottom. And I think that is very important.”

Explaining what sets the acclaimed trilogy apart from other superhero films, Caine continued: “It’s very human and I suppose the class of acting is a little better… For a start both Batman and the butler are Oscar-winners! Gary Oldman, who’s the chief of police, nearly became one himself, do you see what I mean? So it’s a very high standard of acting, and a very high standard of reality. That’s the secret of that series, for me.”

Caine also revealed that he and Nolan already have plans to work together again now that the Batman trilogy is completed. “He’s got to go on, he’s got some other idea, and I’m in it!” Caine said of Nolan. “I’ve been in everything he’s done since he’s been in Hollywood. We’re each others’ good luck charms. I always say to him, ‘I’m not your good luck charm, you are mine!'”

The Dark Knight Rises, which also stars Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman and Marion Cotillard, opens in the UK and the US on July 20. Yesterday (July 4) it was announced that the film has received a 12A rating for its British cinema release.