When it comes to describing a character, there are plenty of analogies you could go for — even more so when it comes to describing a villain. But actor William Shatner came up with a very interesting response to a question about what people need to understand about his version of Two-Face in Batman vs Two-Face.
“There are many voices in our psyche. My mind keeps going back to the guy in Las Vegas. A mild mannered guy apparently, never got a parking ticket, what was he thinking? What was he doing? What was going on in his head as he was spraying those bullets around. This mild mannered guy is, what are the voices–obviously, so totally sick, that words–I’m trying to find a word that would apply to that kind of illness where it’s so devoid of humanity. It’s incomprehensible. So what’s going on in his head? In the [New York] Times today the guys coming out of ISIS: ‘I never beheaded anybody.’ These people beheaded people, how do you do that? What are those voices saying? If you take the question seriously that’s what’s going on in this ill person. The struggle between good and evil.”
After speaking with other journalists in the press room, many have reported that Shatner said something similar to another table and also, reportedly, at the panel. There are plenty of people Shatner could have compared Two-Face to, but Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was probably not the most tactful answer. Perhaps Shatner is trying to work out what happened in his own head, but maybe this isn’t the time or the place.
Batman vs Two-Face: Former Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent, one side of his face scarred by acid, goes on a crime spree based on the number ‘2’. All of his actions are decided by the flip of a defaced, two-headed silver dollar.
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