The Dark Knight Rises
One of the hardest parts of an action film, is making it look realistic, especially the fighting. It’s all got to be choreographed exactly in sync with the cameras, or else you’ll see that the punches and kicks are landing inches away, and the actors on the other end of the punch have to react as if they’ve been hit. Usually, it’s seamless, but in TDKR it’s not so hot.
During a fight scene between Catwoman, Batman and some thugs, the camera focuses on Catwroman and some goons, and there’s a guy in the top left of the background, who decides he got hit, without actually taking a hit. He’s literally four feet away from any punches or kicks and takes one for the team.
So why’d he jump the gun? Too eager? Afraid of taking a hit from the uber-intense Christian Bale? Or did he see how the fellow goons were faring and decided to play dead. Who really knows. It’s hilarious though.