Christian Bale, the star of the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight, is an actor. A serious actor. And so, when my fellow reporter friends warned me that Christian only likes to talk about "the craft," I listened.
Thus, when it came time for me to interview Christian Bale, I did my best not to get lost in his dreamy green eyes and sexy accent, and I spoke with him about Bruce Wayne, Batman and the acting process.
In other interviews I'd heard Christian say that what Batman does is not good for Bruce Wayne, and the things Bruce does is never good for Batman. So I wondered, what would happen if Bruce Wayne wasn't a playboy and instead was a normal, nice guy?
Christian answered: "He couldn't really do it because without Batman he'd have this crazy rage within him and it would have to be let out somehow. So you know he needs this other character of the Batman in order field the rage and be able to act responsibility in regular civilized society."
And what about his process getting into the role of the Batman in The Dark Knight, having already learned so much about the character in Batman Begins?
"Well it was very nice... I knew it very well. I played it for seven months; this was like going on the 8th month. I knew the crew, I knew Chris [Nolan], I knew the other actors very, very well. And this is a continuation. It's an evolution. He's matured. You know this is now like the angry old man aspiring to some kind of power to be good. This is somebody with responsibility of having that power and the complicated decisions he has to make and the ethical dilemmas he's involved in."
The only ethical dilemma I had? Whether or not to hug Christian before he continued to walk down the "black carpet" at the world premiere. For the sake of keeping my job I chose not to, though if he had donned the bat suit, I'm not sure I could have held back.