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The Dark Knight - Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn

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Uploaded on Apr 27, 2010

One, out of many, great lines from The Dark Knight.

Alfred Pennyworth: [...] with respect Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man you don't fully understand either.

A long time ago, I was in Burma, my friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of the tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never met anyone who traded with him.

...One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.

Bruce Wayne: So why steal them?

Alfred Pennyworth: Because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Note: In the movie The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Caine stars alongside Sean Connery and in a scene where they are surrounded by jewels Connery picks up a ruby and says something to the effect of it being as big as an orange. Caine then picks one up the size of a tangerine and says NOW THAT'S A RUBY. Nolan (probably) used that as the reference for this scene.

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