It wasn't even a week ago that I unleashed my picks for the best movies of 2008. I already knew beforehand that "The Dark Knight" was going to top the list. It was going to take a heck of a lot for some movie to come along and topple it. What I didn't know and/or expect was the ironic news that came out today.
Character actor Pat Hingle died Saturday evening at his home in Carolina Beach , North Carolina after a two-year battle with the blood disorder myelodysplasia. He was 84-years-old.
Name doesn't ring a bell? It didn't to me either until I saw the picture and the description. Hingle played Commissioner Gordon in four of the first Batman movies. Before director Christopher Nolan took over to re-invent the franchise, Hingle was on board as the role that Gary Oldman would later take over.
Funny thing is, I was just thinking about a scene of his the other day. For some reason, the scene where he arrives on the scene in the first "Batman" immediately came to mind. It's when we seen signs that there is corruption in the police department. No clue why that particular scene was floating thru my head. It just was.
I just thought it was rather interesting that a Batman movie ends 2008 taking the highest honor (yes...getting movie of the year on my blog is the highest honor) and then the first celebrity death in 2008 is an actor from a Batman film. Weird.
Anyway, rest in peace, Commissioner.