Morgan Freeman crash: the curse of The Dark Knight?

By | August 4, 2008

Seventy-one year old Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman was involved in a heavy-duty car accident down South on Sunday night. –cin

Freeman was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima and went off a road on f Mississippi Highway 32 and flipped many times during the accident. The actor was able to speak to troopers who came to his aid and a hospital spokesman has said that he is currently listed in serious condition. – cl

Morgan Freeman’s accident is the latest disaster to befall those connected with Batman movie The Dark Knight. The actor plays Lucius Fox, Bruce Wayne’s trusty advisor, in the big screen blockbuster.

The greatest tragedy to hit the film was the death of Heath Ledger in January. The Australian star was found dead in his Manhattan apartment after taking an accidental drugs overdose. His performance as The Joker is widely expected to garner an Oscar nomination.

His was not the only death to mar The Dark Knight. The film’s closing credits carry a dedication “in memory of our friends Heath Ledger and Conway Wickliffe”.

Wickliffe, a New Zealand-born special effects technician, died while working on the film. He was on a camera truck filming a stunt car when it crashed into a tree in October last year. Wickliffe previously worked on Bond film Casino Royale and the Tomb Raider films with Angelina Jolie.

The star of The Dark Knight, Christian Bale, has not escaped the curse. Bale, who plays Batman, hit the headlines last month when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister shortly before the film’s London premiere. He was bailed pending further inquiries and denies the allegation. – telegraph

Here is an update, he is doing well after surgery.

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