While doing the promotional rounds for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, actor Christian Bale discussed his three co-stars; Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy & Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Batman The Dark Knight Rises. The movie which is set eight years after The Dark Knight also stars Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez & Rob Brown. Hit the jump to check it out.
Christian Bale talks..
On Anne Hathaway: "I’m terrible at auditions, so I’m very impressed when somebody really seems to acquire an ownership of a character without having worked on it or prepared for some amount of time. I saw that in Anne. In many ways, she has the hardest job. There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne’s role as being the toughest job of any of us."
On Tom Hardy: "He is a phenomenal actor. I like working with him a great deal. He goes the whole hog. I know that Bane has been seen in movies before. But, in my eyes, Tom is essentially creating Bane for the first time so there’s great freedom for him to be able to do so."
On Joseph Gordon-Levitt: "Joseph is a very intriguing guy… He’s somebody who truly seems to love acting. He’s a good, smart guy. He did a very good job in the movie."
On Christopher Nolan’s Batman: "We always maintained from the beginning that if you wanted to break it down, there are three personas, Batman is sincere, the private Bruce Wayne is sincere. The public version of Bruce Wayne, the playboy, is a completely fabricated performance."
Interview courtesy of the Inquirer. TDKR arrives July 20th 2012.