‘Dark Knight Rises’ star Nestor Carbonell talks Gotham’s Mayor Garcia and Gordon


The much anticipated conclusion to the Christopher Nolan directed Batman trilogy nears and the fan frenzy is fueled by the cast interviews, which dodge major details that may spoil the film. Nestor Carbonell returns in “The Dark Knight Rises” as  Gotham City’s Mayor, Anthony Garcia.

Collider spoke to the “Lost” actor in an interview, published Tuesday, exploring the Mayor’s role in Gotham and the dynamics between between his character and Commissioner Gordon, played by Gary Oldman.

“Dark Knight” concludes leaving a chaotic Gotham City and Carbonell details how his Mayor Garcia appears to feel about Batman and the state of his city.

“I think that the Mayor definitely feels that he’s not for a vigilante, coming in here, and you know, solving crime in this way.  It’s just not the way he envisions things, and I think there’s an ego element obviously to him.  This is a man who wants to restore law and order…”

The interviewer really pushed Carbonell on his real life description of the character and how he views the Caped Crusader.

“This is a man who is very much for putting out legislation where he has the freedom to really go after criminals, to really pursue them in a hard way. I’m not saying that he’s going to violate civil liberties, but this is a man who is very much tough on crime,” he continued, “…takes it upon himself to take on criminals headfirst, and no, he does not appreciate someone like a Batman, or the Batman as he calls him, to come in here and solve problems.”

Mayor Garcia was key in “Dark Knight,” quickly promoting Gordon to Commissioner as the Joker assassinated his predecessor. Carbonell explained how his character viewed the situation to bring authenticity to the decision.

“I saw something in him. I really saw something in the guy. Not that the death of the previous Commissioner has something to do with it…You definitely feel the weight of the position. Not just on me, but on everyone around me, including Gordon. And nobody can portray that better than Gary Oldman, he’s just amazing…I don’t know how much regret he has over taking that position, for being tapped to be Commissioner.  But yeah, the stakes have been raised, absolutely.”

Carbonell returns with the all-stars Christian Bale, Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman all reprising their roles. Newcomers Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway fill the void as the terrorist Bane and feline thief Catwoman. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Josh Pence, Juno Temple and Matthew Modine join the cast as well.

“The Dark Knight Rises” opens July 20, 2012.

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