Batman director

"The Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan is red and green colorblind.

One of the most highly-anticipated movies of the summer blockbuster season is finally hitting theaters on Friday, July 20. “The Dark Knight Rises” marks the end of director Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy. It’s hard to believe that Nolan, who is known for dazzling audiences with jaw-dropping effects and daring shots, is colorblind. That’s right. The man responsible for films like “Inception,” “The Prestige” and “Memento” is red and green colorblind. With that in mind, here are five other famous people who also are colorblind:

Howie Mandel

First, I just want to say to the gentlemen out there . . . Hardly anyone can pull off a soul patch. If you’re thinking about trying one, maybe you should think again. The only reason Mandel still sports his is because it’s his trademark. Well, that and his clean-shaven head.

Thanks to NBC’s “Deal or No Deal,” Mandel’s popularity level surged in the mid-2000s. Mandel is currently working on the reality television series “Mobbed.”

Meat Loaf

His name is Robert Paulson.

OK, no it’s not. It’s actually Marvin Lee Aday. But thanks to his career in music and film, he is best known as Meat Loaf.

Speaking of film, I hope you understood the Robert Paulson line you just read. It’s a reference to his role in “Fight Club.” If you’ve never seen it, shame on you.

For those of you who prefer Meat Loaf the singer, take this opportunity to thank him for “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” Or, you can go ahead and think about those guilty pleasures that are probably on one of your many playlists. Specifically, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”

Paul Newman

Paul Newman. King Cool. Butch Cassidy.

How can you not envy this guy?

The movie icon won an Oscar for “The Color of Money,” was the title character in “Cool Hand Luke” and starred in “The Sting.”

His name speaks for itself, and even though he passed away in 2008, his legacy lives on.

Matt Lauer

Where in the world is Matt Lauer?

You can normally find him co-hosting the “Today” show on NBC. You also can see him on re-run episodes of programs like “30 Rock,” the “Late Show with David Letterman” or “Will & Grace.”

My advice: If Lauer is doing TV, you’re probably safe watching. If Lauer is in a motion picture, you’re probably best to skip out.

Awful film proof: “Land of the Lost.”

Bill Clinton

When Clinton was elected president of the United States, he became the 42nd man to do so. He also stands as the first baby boomer president, as he served from 1993-2001.

According to a Judy Kurtz article on, both Clinton and Bob Dole required special arrangements for the 1996 presidential debates. The story states:

“The Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects writes that during the 1996 presidential debates both then-President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) needed special lights to know when they were appearing on camera: ‘ “Both [Clinton and Dole] have inherited red/green color vision confusion and would have had difficulty with signals based on individual colored lights, so a system using three lights was used.’ ”

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