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There’s a Dark Night curse going on, and not just for those who shell out $12 to see it. It seems as if virtually everyone who’s in the thing is finding themselves in some unsavory scrape with either the law or oblivion, maybe because they all participated in one sequel too many. I was totally ahead of this curve—and this curse—when I blogged about it, but now that poor Morgan Freeman has gotten into a scrapeup, the curse has gotten into the dailies. Here’s the Boston Herald piece about it. Read it and you’ll turn into a black owl with fungus on its nails.
Heath Ledger dies, Christian Bale hits jail and now Morgan Freeman hurt: Blockbuster curse
By Stephen Schaefer
Is “The Dark Knight” cursed?
The box-office behemoth, expected to pass the $400 million mark this week, is notorious as being the late Heath Ledger’s last completed movie.
Now Morgan Freeman, the 71-year-old actor who plays Batman’s techie Lucius Fox, is in serious condition following a car accident in Mississippi late Sunday night.
The Oscar-winning actor was driving his wife’s friend Demaris Meyer’s 1997 Nissan Maxima when it rolled off Tallahatchie County Highway 32, flipping over several times. Meyer was treated for minor injuries and released.
Freeman, who was driving to his Charleston home, reportedly suffered broken ribs and was air-lifted to Regional Medical Center in Tennessee.
This tragedy follows assault allegations made last month by the mother and sister of “Dark Knight” star Christian Bale. The 34-year-old Bale denied the charges. He’ll be back in court next month.
“Dark Knight,” is dedicated to both the 28-year-old Ledger, who died of an accidental overdose last Jan. 22, and Conway Wickliffe, 41, a stunt supervisor who died in a freak accident in London while setting up a car crash. “The Dark Knight” joins a grim list of “cursed” flicks. The “Superman” hex struck Christopher Reeve, who shot to fame after starring in the 1978 movie, after he broke his neck in a horse riding accident. Television’s original “Superman,” George Reeves died in an apparent suicide in 1969.
The 1982 horror classic “Poltergeist” was haunted by the premature deaths of two of its female stars. Vanity Fair celebrity scribe Dominick Dunne’s daughter Dominique was murdered by her live-in lover soon after the film was finished. And Heather O’Rourke, the film’s child star, died in 1988 at age 12 of cardiopulmonary arrest prompted by Crohn’s disease. [Boston Herald]