Eckhart added that “No matter how much money or pressure there is, no matter how much coercion, control or corruption there is, Harvey Dent is going to stay true to the moral center and the truth. People can rely on that, and you don’t see that today.”
Dent’s enduring appeal in DC lore is anchored in his pure and dedicated nature, which is why it’s always so frightening to see the DA flip.
“When you become a politician, you’re expected to become corrupted, and it’s only those people who do not become corrupted that stand out,” Eckhart went on. “Otherwise, life is a lie. Here we are, worshipping politicians, sports stars, celebrities and all this sort of stuff, and yet, we don’t know if they’re corrupted or not. We don’t know why they’re making their decisions or what’s going on behind the scenes. So when you find out that somebody’s been true to themselves and true to truth, that’s a rare bird. So I believe Harvey would not approve of Two-Face or the lie that was told.”
When he got the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight, Nolan gave Eckhart a script that was like a novel, “and it was thick,” he revealed, with the actor comparing the experience of consuming it to “like reading literature.” He also noted that Gotham City still resonates with people today because the corruption playing out behind the scenes is all too familiar.
“You have a city that’s oppressed and being run by a criminal gang,” he said. “People can’t go out during the day, everybody’s scared for their safety, and the people that are paid to protect them are corrupted. They’re part of the gang and nobody can trust anybody. Sound like anything that’s familiar?”