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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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  • marty

    FIRST!

  • marty

    nice batman :)

  • e.

    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.

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    god, i have a hard-on.

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

  • Jaye

    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.

  • BETSY SMITH

    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…

  • Shortie

    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.

  • BETSY SMITH

    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

  • BETSY SMITH

    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

  • Jen

    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!

  • Mary

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

  • Isa

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

    Like he’s trying to do a New Yawk accent

  • laura

    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..

  • LuckyL

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

  • LuckyL

    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.

  • LuckyL

    Or maybe you talk to demons you bit**

  • um

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

  • sheryl

    “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.

  • twilight

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

  • nikki

    i love christian bale!!

  • pr person

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

  • Sarah

    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!

  • ri23

    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

    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!

  • liz

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

  • jess

    WTF was up with his accent?!

  • Vio

    He’s British!

    Great interview.

    Im going to a screening this Wed!

  • fresh

    he’s a little snippy–i love it.

  • shoegal421

    he tries to maintain his american accent when doing press for american characters. but sometimes he slips into his british accent, which he was doing halfway here.

  • aisha
  • Lady

    He’s always had a friggin odd accent! He’s welsh for a start! That says it all!

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    he’s keeping the american accent while promoting tdk to not draw any attention away from the film.

  • tugrt

    You all go rent American Psycho.
    Then tell us here if you like Christian Bale *).

  • Angelina

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz . He’s a jerk but the real talent is Robert Downey Jr.

    Many men said they wonna be like Tony Stark because he is fun unlike boring brooding Bruce Wayne by Bale.

  • jrfan

    HAHAHA. @34 You obviously know nothing about Bruce Wayne because if you did you would know he’s far from boring.

    @33 I’ve seen American Psycho and I still love Bale…

    I wonder how Christian doesn’t get confused with all the accents he’s done. I love his Welsh accent and he shouldn’t try to suppress it with an American one. I can understand the marketing aspect, it’s just a shame.

  • jrfan

    Hey I just remembered that he’s just finished doing that gangster movie “public enemies” with Johnny Depp and that’s probably why his accent sounds odd. lol

  • galloway

    I love, and always have, Christian Bale….what a phenomenal actor! Lowkey, humble guy who is all about the craft. I have total respect for him.

    AND we share the same birthday. ;-)

  • Bitch

    I watched American Psycho just the other day. I own a copy. It’s the one to make you rate Bale. I like it: DIE YUPPIE SCUM . HAAAA HA!

    Some of the stuff in this interview was put interestingly by him back, pretending to be stuck on the very intention of the process of soundbite invention and that bat cycle makes him look really cool. So it’s ok to have that ‘pretending to be stuck on things’ vibe cos it’s a TV studio probably. He should grow his hair and look like Patrick Bateman again and stop trying to look so damn cool and a natural American.

  • TJ

    I love this man.

    And what’s with comments about how he should ‘lighten up’ with his choice of roles? What are you people smoking? He takes on roles that are challenging, and good for him.

  • Chantelle

    Good to see someone responding to a question that has lingered around all year, but it could be understandable why people would think that, I was completely drawn in the character. But it’s just magazines trying to make up a big story.

    Anyway, everyone should go see the Dark Knight, you won’t regret it, and I’m so glad I won tickets to see it last night, it was worth waiting through security.

  • Chantelle

    “NO RENAME THIS MOVIE
    THE JOKER.. WHY CALL IT BATMAN”

    Isn’t this the first Batman movie without Batman in the title? The movie is called The Dark Knight, and although Batman is the Dark Knight, the Joker is a huge part of the movie. God, it sounds like you’re the one on drugs.

  • Paty

    Just love Bale! Great actor… and so cute!

  • WelshBoy

    Yes!

  • Pooola

    god, the accent is really putting me off, imagine being married to someone like that, who changes their accent according to whatever shitty movie they are in at the time, he’s not doing a very good job of a NY accent,

  • if it works for them

    Christian Bale is a very good actor and seems to be a nice modest guy. Such a fresh air in Hollywood.

  • cHRIS

    I wonder what amount of money from Batman will go to the Ledger estate. I suspect his contract included a share in the profits. It might be a whole lot of money. Too bad he can’t be around to enjoy it. Sad. I just watched Brokeback again and marvel at how good he was in that. A truly GREAT actor gone forever. Tragic.

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