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Christian Bale is Back as Batman

Christian Bale is Back as Batman

Christian Bale sits down with The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer to talk about the upcoming summer blockbuster, The Dark Knight, opening this Friday. Here’s a snippet of the interview:

So much was made of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. It was such a dark role. In some way, perhaps, do you think in real life, it caused him to slip across some line of reality and may have had some role in his accidental death? Personally, I find it to be a complete lack of understanding of acting. I also find it very rude to try to create some kind of sound bite for such a tragedy. The man was a complex man, a good man, but you know what? I saw him having the best time playing The Joker. He was someone who completely immersed himself in his role. As do I. But in the end of the day, he was having a wonderful time doing it, He couldn’t have been happier doing it.

Watch Bale‘s interview below!

Christian BaleThe Today Show, 7/14
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# 2

nice batman :)

# 3

Good for him for letting Lauer know he wasn’t pleased with such a ridiculous question. This guy is an amazing actor and a class act. Can’t wait for The Dark Knight.

# 4
[☆I n F a m o u s☆] @ 07/14/2008 at 12:03 pm

god, i have a hard-on.

i’m looking forward to this movie so much i cant stop shaking.

# 5

I don’t care how he HAS to spin it, it can’t be easy to be over-shadowed by a co-star and a dead one at that. No one will remember Batman for Christian Bale. I’m not a fan of either man, but that has to bite.

# 6
BETSY SMITH @ 07/14/2008 at 12:06 pm

WHY NOT HAVE A BIG PICTURE OF HEATH LEDGER .. IN THE
BACKGROUND “IN HONOR OF A DRUG ADDICT THAT DIED
OF AN DRUG OVERDOSE ” RIGHT BEHIND ALL THE CHARACTERS SINCE EVERY INTERVIEW
HAS TO DO WITH THE DRUG ADDICT……SINCE NO ONE TALKS ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE…WHY NOT FIND OUT ABOUT CHRISTIAN
TAKING OVER THE ROLE OF TERMINATOR FROM ARNOLD.. THAT
IS WHAT HE IS DOING NEXT… BUT DOES ANYONE CARE NO THEY
CARE ABOUT A DRUG ADDICT THAT DIED OF AN OVERDOSE ..
HONORING HIM WITH A OSCAR FOR HIS PERFORMANCE…

HEATH IS DEAD LETS START TALKING ABOUT THE MOVIE WHY NOT
TALK ABOUT HOW HARD IT WAS TO DO ALL THOSE STUNTS WITH
THE NEW TOYS CHRISTIAN HAD TO PLAY WITH.. INSTEAD OF OVER DOSE OF HEATH…

HONORING A DRUG ADDICT THE REASON WHY
MICHELLE BROKE UP WITH HIM.. IS NOT A GOOD IDEA…

# 7

What a horrible question to ask.!! Good for Mr.Bale to answer in such a polite manner. I would have been speechless. He is right that Mr.Ledger’s death has been fodder for the press for too long.

# 8
BETSY SMITH @ 07/14/2008 at 12:10 pm

WHY NOT HONOR A DRUG ADDICT NAMED HEATH LEDGER..

LET’S HAVE MATT LAUER TALK ABOUT HIM.. SINCE THE FIRST ONE
WAS ALL ABOUT KATIE HOLMES … WHY WASN’T SHE NOMINATED
FOR AN GOLDEN GLOBE FOR HER PERFORMANCE…

AS LONG AS EVERYONE SEES THIS MOVIE THAT IS ALL THAT IS
IMPORTANT TO THE STUDIO… SINCE THERE WON’T BE ANOTHER
ONE NOW THAT CHRISTIAN IS TAKING OVER THE TERMINATOR
BUT DOES ANYONE KNOWS THAT YET…NO RENAME THIS MOVIE
THE JOKER.. WHY CALL IT BATMAN

# 9
BETSY SMITH @ 07/14/2008 at 12:10 pm

WHY NOT HONOR A DRUG ADDICT NAMED HEATH LEDGER..

LET’S HAVE MATT LAUER TALK ABOUT HIM.. SINCE THE FIRST ONE
WAS ALL ABOUT KATIE HOLMES … WHY WASN’T SHE NOMINATED
FOR AN GOLDEN GLOBE FOR HER PERFORMANCE…

AS LONG AS EVERYONE SEES THIS MOVIE THAT IS ALL THAT IS
IMPORTANT TO THE STUDIO… SINCE THERE WON’T BE ANOTHER
ONE NOW THAT CHRISTIAN IS TAKING OVER THE TERMINATOR
BUT DOES ANYONE KNOWS THAT YET…NO RENAME THIS MOVIE
THE JOKER.. WHY CALL IT BATMAN

That’s honestly a stupid question….I hate how people are trying to connect Heath playing the Joker to his death. He finished shooting TDK before he died – he was working on a new film and his death was accidental. Thank God Bale let him know that he wasn’t very pleased with the question!

lol christian bale is convincing with his american accent at the beginning, but slowly loses it at the end

What’s up with the the odd accent???? Anybody else distracted by it?

Like he’s trying to do a New Yawk accent

He lived in Wales for a few years and then he moved to England, So its sort of mix between a welsh and an english accent..

THANK YOU CHRISTIAN BALE! THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU!

BETSY SMITH @ 07/14/2008 at 12:10 pm

_______
Lol, such a loser. Pray to God your hate doesn’t come back to haunt you. I’m sure whatever God you pray to would not approve.

Or maybe you talk to demons you bit**

BETSY SMITH why don’t you **** off, loser! And stop yelling.

“Personally, I find it to be a complete lack of understanding of acting. I also find it very rude to try to create some kind of sound bite for such a tragedy.”

Nice answer, Christian. Media are always trying to hype things way out of proportion or make things darker or more important than what they really are. Good for Christian for putting it back in perspective.

Christian’s a great actor and I’m so looking forward to watching it!!!

i love christian bale!!

pr person @ 07/14/2008 at 1:10 pm

Bale looks so old for his age. He needs to lighten up cuz all he acts the same intense characters in his films.

Christian Bale ROCKS! He is an honest, thoughtful man who is an actor for the craft NOT the celebrity. Love him, love Morgan Freeman can’t wait to see it!

Matt didn’t ask the question, he asked Bale to reiterate what he had said before when people had asked the question. Bale wasn’t aiming his comment at Matt. Not everything is a battle.

creativegirl @ 07/14/2008 at 1:55 pm

um – seeing this man all over the place lately has definitely put him on my radar.

he is totally hot in a brooding kind of way – yummy!

I love that he’s so method, but it makes me giggle when he does his movie role accents in interviews.

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