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In The Dark Knight (2008), Joker lets Harvey Dent use "chance" to try and kill him, but he was actually holding the hammer to the revolver with his finger, so even if the coin landed on the "Kill" side, Joker still would have walked out of the room, unharmed, while still accomplishing his mission.

In The Dark Knight (2008), Joker lets Harvey Dent use "chance" to try and kill him, but he was actually holding the hammer to the revolver with his finger, so even if the coin landed on the "Kill" side, Joker still would have walked out of the room, unharmed, while still accomplishing his mission.

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Hour_Culture_8945

I know it’s a prop gun, but I’d still hold that hammer back so I didn’t end up like Brandon Lee.


Davotk

Never forget Brandon Lee


LifeResetP90X3

Fucking awesome post; thank you for this. Brandon Lee was awesome R.I.P.


GitEmSteveDave

How about posting the video, where he is seen taking his finger off multiple times, [like this one](https://i.imgur.com/tsMRRWK.png)?


DisturbEDx02

You can see the entire scene here: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91TbwAmsIfU](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91TbwAmsIfU) ​ You can see when Harvey flips the coin and makes his decision his hand is still on the hammer.. Edit: If it was intentional, he was only removing his finger to talk with his hands and maybe not let Dent onto what he was doing.


wiifan55

It's a cool catch, but I honestly think Heath was just holding his finger there because that's the most natural way to hold a gun backwards like that in the scene. I don't think it's entirely consistent with the Joker's character to intentionally hold the hammer.


jwalkrufus

I always thought it was funny how Dent didn't recognize Joker until he took his mask off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMmUVCsYTjI


DisturbEDx02

Yea I love it


so1i1oquy

If this is intended, I have to say I don't love it.


GitEmSteveDave

It's a single frame from a long scene. He takes his finger off a few times, but people love to take a few frames from when it's on and spin this story: https://www.reddit.com/r/MovieDetails/comments/6kmsef/jokers_thumb_on_the_hammer_in_the_dark_knight/ https://www.reddit.com/r/MovieDetails/comments/d6zu2u/in_the_dark_knight_when_joker_hands_harvey_dent/ https://www.reddit.com/r/MovieDetails/comments/ctk6fo/in_the_dark_knight_during_the_jokers_agent_of/ https://www.reddit.com/r/MovieDetails/comments/d6zfnf/in_the_dark_knight_when_harvey_holds_the_joker_at/


so1i1oquy

Oh holy hell this has happened a lot. I figured as much.


DisturbEDx02

Why’s that?


so1i1oquy

Because it means the character doesn't have the courage of his convictions, which never really seemed to be the case to me otherwise.


LifeResetP90X3

"I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? Its fair.........'


cj0r

Oh look... This stupid thread again. How about you actually watch the scene instead of cherry picking one frame? Watch Joker put his fingers on and off the hammer over and over as he explains. Ultimately the coin is deciding his fate which ends in his favor. "You don't see live rounds going into the gun, so Joker was walking out of that room one way or another..." 😂


DisturbEDx02

Idk what it is that makes redditors angry little people who are mad at the world, but if you don't like the thread, just downvote it and move on.


InappropriateTA

Source?


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cj0r

Ta da!!!!


Liam_ice92

Hmm....im not sure he could have stopped the gun from firing by just holding the hammer back, wouldn't Dent pulling the trigger have forced the gun to fire regardless? (although I am very ignorant on guns so I could be wrong, maybe if he put his finger between the hammer and the gun?)


Dr_Adequate

> wouldn't Dent pulling the trigger have forced the gun to fire regardless? No. When the trigger is pulled, it releases the hammer so that a spring pulls it towards the firing pin. But if you (or Joker or whoever) is holding the hammer, the spring isn't that strong, and you (or the Joker) can easily resist it. OP didn't explain it very well, but that is the way to safely release a cocked revolver with a cartridge in the chamber: Firmly hold the hammer, pull the trigger to release the hammer, and hold the hammer back against the pressure of the firing spring. Slowly allow the hammer to fall into its resting position against the chambered cartridge. The pistol in that film is a revolver, but the same applies to most semi-automatic pistols: Hold the hammer, pull the trigger, gently allow the hammer to fall into its resting position.


DisturbEDx02

I believe he could have, that’s how you uncock a revolver if you’re the shooter and you don’t want the round to go off, just squeeze hard and pull the trigger lightly, then carefully move the hammer back up.


OhHeyImB

Lmfao, good luck holding back that hammer


jwalkrufus

It's not hard to do.