For those of you who are still unaware, Aidan Gillen, who plays Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones, played the CIA Agent in the opening sequence of The Dark Knight Rises. Aidan has now revealed how he was given role and how it was shrouded in secrecy.
Gillen told Empire, “Yeah it was all very clandestine. When I was offered the role the missive I got was, ‘There’s this one part, it’s one scene…’ I said, ‘Eh, is that it?’ And they said, ‘Yes. That’s it. It’ll be a good scene, but you don’t get the pages unless you say you’re going to do it.’ So I said yes and a couple of days later seven red pages which arrived by FedEx in New York, where I was.”
He added, “I didn’t actually meet with or speak to Chris Nolan until Day One on the set. I had a few questions, naturally, about how much I was supposed to know about Bane ¬in the story — whether we were actually looking for him or was this just a fortuitous, or rather not very fortuitous encounter, on my part, that is.”
Aiden continued, “I got some answers, but didn’t ask about anything that didn’t relate to the scene we were shooting, as at this point I also knew it would be the opening scene and anything beyond this in story terms wasn’t really relevant. As the Bane character has been around a while, I had the basic Bane knowledge — ie he’s big and he’s strong.”
The Dark Knight Rises was one of the biggest movies of 2012 and has gone on to gross $1.081 billion worldwide and become the second highest grossing superhero movie of all time.