The Dark Myke Rises


As any of you who follow my Twitter feed know, I was cast as an extra in “Magnus Rex” the super top-secret code­name for the new Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises.

It sure is a good thing they used this code­name, because I think it took an entire 15 sec­onds before every film-fan site on the entire Internet had clearly explained what it meant, so all of us cast in the show were sworn to secrecy about some­thing that was public knowl­edge. But you have to keep in mind that I’ve worked for the gov­ern­ment for over 15 years, so I’m totally used to being required to keep secrets that are all over Wikipedia.

I was part of a small group of “extras plus” drawn mostly from mil­i­tary and law-enforcement back­grounds. We were given 2 days of fight chore­og­raphy training/rehearsal and then formed the group of extras closest to the stars during the shooting of the movie’s big fight scene. With over 1100 extras total, and the camera focussing on the stars, I didn’t expect anyone to be able to see me in the actual movie. I haven’t seen it yet (waiting for the crowds to thin out a bit), but my friends are all duti­fully informing me that if I’m in there, they sure as hell can’t find me.

But now, after careful forensic analysis by my fight-partner in the film (US Marine and actor, Tyler La Marr), I have found pho­to­graphic proof that I was there — or rather, a pixel­lated, barely vis­ible blob that I’m sure is me. I was glad to be matched up with Tyler during the fighting. Cin­e­matic fighting can be dan­gerous, espe­cially when you’re working 12–16 hour days and exhausted. When that hap­pens, you miss a lot. And by miss, I mean hit. Suf­fice to say that both of us cracked one another good a few times over the course of the shoot, and I was lucky to have someone else dis­ci­plined and slow to anger as a partner. He was also kind enough to hold me up and faux-gut-punch me as I rested during the longer shots.

But Tyler truly proved his worth when he shot me a mes­sage after the below poster was pub­lished. He said his girl­friend had spotted us on the poster, and he posted a shot of it to Face­book. I stared at it for a while. “That’s crazy,” I said even­tu­ally. “You can’t make anyone out.” Tyler had been in a Gotham cop’s uni­form, and I was dressed as one of Bane’s thugs. We all looked the same. “Top of the stairs, dude!” Tyler said. “Away from everyone else.”

And lo and behold, it jogged my memory. Much of our fight scene had been shot on the steps of Fed­eral Hall on Wall Street. We’d gotten tired of being knocked around by the other extras in the scene, and moved as far up the steps as we pos­sibly could to get away from everyone.

And I know for cer­tain we were the only pair using the hall’s pil­lars as part of our fight sequence.


So, yeah, it had to be us.

Every man has his 15 sec­onds of fame. Here’s mine. No matter what else hap­pens in my life, I’m the washed-out, fuzzy, barely-visible blob punching the other barely-visible blob (up against the pillar) in the face. I’m fairly sure that’s the “1” out of 4 punches in our “sequence 1″ that we chore­o­graphed in training. Come to think of it, that might even be one of the times I screwed up and really hit Tyler, and he kindly and patiently elected not to whoop my ass for real.

I’ve read comic books all my life, with Batman as an absolute main­stay. Now I’m part of the legend. Blurry, dis­torted, totally unrec­og­niz­able. But part of it. Going to see the movie tomorrow. Sure hope it’s good.

  • http://twitter.com/Rich4ord Richard Ford

    Ha!! Fame at last! I’m def­i­nitely going to try and get an extras part on Game of Thrones now!

  • David Louis Edelman

    Saw the movie last night. The black tights looked good on you, Myke, but I thought the spiked high heels and gog­gles were a little much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elektra.hammond Elektra Ham­mond

    Went to the Thursday marathon. Looked for you–couldn’t find you. Movie is awe­some anyway. Enjoy it.

  • http://twitter.com/PrinceJvstin Paul Weimer

    No one can take it away, though.

    You were in a Batman movie. Even as a blob :)

  • KP

    Freakin awe­some!

  • http://twitter.com/author_sullivan Michael J. Sullivan

    Very cool. I’m sure you had a great time and now have a story to tell the grand kids.